Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
193 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2022
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Angeline by Angelica Markus and Julianne Snyder is an event/era historical fiction novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy stories that takes place during the roaring twenties. Angeline Moretti’s story begins in 1928 in New York City when she meets the famous handsome actor James Howard and dissuades him of the idea that she is a damsel in distress that needs a knight to save her. A second meeting at an acting class leads to the couple dating, but a walk past a speakeasy leads to the party life calling Angeline’s name. She soon finds herself being an actress during the day and a party girl at night, with each version of her life having a love interest. Will she decide to throw her lot in with the wealthy James Howard or with bad-boy Link Cartwell from the speakeasy?

Angeline by Angelica Markus and Julianne Snyder is a well-written book whose intriguing cover image quickly grabbed my attention and whose story kept me enraptured from the first page to the last. I really enjoyed Angeline Moretti’s transition from an aspiring actress to a nighttime party girl. I enjoyed seeing how different aspects of her character came to life depending on if she was living her daily life or nightlife. I found myself really connecting with her on a personal level and feeling like I had to keep turning pages to find out what type of life she would choose for herself and who, if anyone, she would choose to share it with. Overall, this book was a great read and I loved the way the authors did such an accurate job in portraying the time period of the book.

Edith Wairimu

On stage, Angeline Moretti feels free. The theater has always been her passion and, despite the limitations placed on women of her era, Angeline convinces her father to allow her to follow her dream. On the streets of New York, she bumps into a man who she later finds out is the celebrated actor James Howard. Angeline catches his eye. Though put off at first by his wealthy background, she starts to become interested in him. Angeline is also drawn to Wonderland; a lively speakeasy with exciting jazz music, partygoers adorned in striking costumes, and an electrifying atmosphere, unlike anything she has encountered before. Most of all, she is drawn to the speakeasy’s intriguing owner, Link Cartwell. Angeline by Angelica Markus and Julianne Snyder explores Angeline’s two worlds and how she impacts each one.

The Roaring Twenties come alive in the soul-stirring historical novel, Angeline, as the story explores the streets of New York and creates interesting action scenes and wonderful, believable characters. I loved that the story is a parallel between two different worlds which also highlights different aspects of the city during the 1920s. Angeline is also a powerful main character. I liked that she is brave as she chooses to pursue acting and explore Wonderland despite the opposition she encounters. I also liked that James's and Link’s backgrounds are included, which allowed me to better understand them as main characters. Angeline by Angelica Markus and Julianne Snyder is an imaginative, poignant romance novel. It includes engrossing descriptions of New York during The Jazz Age.