Published by Philomel Books on Feb 12, 2013
Genres: Historical fiction, YA
Format: ARC from BEA 2012
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It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.
She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a beautiful, lyrical story filled with passion and hope. With a theme about overcoming obstacles and making your own destiny, this was a powerful message book with an entertaining story.
While it seemed more about the characters than the plot, there was still plenty of action. The characters all seemed very well developed, and each was as individual as a real person. One of my favourite characters was Willie, the hard-faced madam who obviously loved Josie to pieces.
The ending was quite lovely. Everything came together in a nice neat way, yet was still believable and true to the story. The ending could have got two separate ways, and I am satisfied with the way it went. I can’t explain more or it will give it away.
Overall, this was a delightful read. I waited a long time to get to it, but it was worth it. I am super impressed at how entertained and in love with the story I am.