The Wicked Redhead
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Today we're featuring The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams which followed the lives of two women, one in the height of the Jazz Age in 1924 and the other in 1998. Both women are confronted by the barriers of their times in the strife for freedom in the midst of their individual circumstances. Beatriz Williams flawlessly wove readers through the curtains of time as we learned more about the elusive redhead Ginger Kelly of the 1920's through the eyes of our modern woman Ella Dommerich.
I thoroughly enjoyed the authenticity of Williams's language - especially in Ginger Kelly's passages - and her rich descriptions that bring the past to the forefront of our present. Ginger and Ella's individual storylines each hold a great element of mystery that engrossed me in their worlds and enabled me to connect with their sparky personas.
If you're a fan of historical fiction, this is certainly a series I'd recommend you pick up!
About The Wicked Redhead
The Wicked Redhead
by Beatriz Williams
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (December 10, 2019)
The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy. But paradise is short-lived. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother.
1998. Ella Dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago…and continues to make her presence known. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, her musician neighbor, Ella’s eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared.
Two women, two generations, two urgent quests. But as Ginger and Ella track down their separate quarries with increasing desperation, the mysteries consuming them take on unsettling echoes of each other, and both women will require all their strength and ingenuity to outwit a conspiracy spanning decades.
About Beatriz Williams
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A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.