The River to Glory Land

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 27 Dec 2018

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I can't recall the last time I read a book from this particular era and I enjoyed the setting and Lily and Olivia were both interesting, nuanced characters. I hadn't read the first two but it didn't feel like I needed to. Olivia was occasionally frustrating but you definitely root for the sisters. Coming after my previous read which was also family forward, one sister solving problems for another, this one wasn't quite as strong, but I still enjoyed it.
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This book was so much fun to read! You can tell the author really put a lot of research and work into this title. I loved reading about Miami in the 1920s. It was just all around amazing and you should grab it!
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The author did a brilliant job of capturing the time period in this novel.  The characters and plot were also well written.  This was a great piece of historical fiction!
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A nicely done addition to an intriguing historical series featuring Miami. You don't need to have read the first two books to enjoy this one, which takes place in the 1920s.  Lily and Olivia are sisters who are very different in personality but not in devotion to one another.  It's prohibition but that's no impediment to partying for Lily, who lives the high life.  Olivia, on the other hand, gets herself into unexpected trouble. Organized crime was pervasive in Miami during this period.  Getting Olivia out of her fix takes a lot from Lily but....Oh, and there's romance.  I like these characters, as well as the opportunity to learn something about a city in flux.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ArC.  This is for fans of the genre.
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It's the 1920's with Prohibition in full swing and speakeasies are set among the palms in Miami. The mobsters are in control, making their presence known while the city, still reeling from the hurricane in 1926 and the downturn in the economy, is trying to hold on to the wealth that was there just a few short years ago. Yet with the tides of change rushing to the shores of Miami, it is the city that Lily Strickland loves. Her family has long been steeped in the history of Florida, with Miami a place the family settled, their businesses keeping them busy and their heads above water financially. .

It's from both Lily and her sister Olivia that we follow the story, a story that takes us back to a time where illegal booze was available through rum runners, where self-indulgence set the standard once the sun went down and mobsters ruled the town.

Both sisters were far from innocent, the 20's set the stage for a whole new world, new freedoms despite the law and women were reinventing themselves.  The age of innocence was becoming the thing of the past.  It was the "Roaring Twenties" and roar it did, with Miami going along for the ride with New York, Chicago and host of other cities.  Sun and surf, close to the Bahamas who could ask for anything more, along with plenty of liquor.

It was Olivia, the younger sister who through her naivety and bad decisions who put the family in jeopardy, yet it was Lily who had to figure a way out of the mess.  Could she?  Would she be able to preserve the dignity of the family, a family who was a pillar of the community, well respected.  A family who didn't know what their daughters were about and what potentially could happen to them.

Gangsters, illegal booze and speakeasies...oh my!  Swaying coconut palms, beautiful aquamarine waters, white sandy beaches...oh my!  And what a story...you guessed it -- oh my!  This is the third book in the series, it was excellent.  Ms. Devos outdid herself on this one and if you enjoy stories set in the 1920's this is the one to read. Whatever this author writes next, I will be waiting to read it.

My thanks to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review./
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Loved this one . It was so good. The plots do characters were well drawn out.
Thanks to the publisher and for allowing me to read and review this book
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