Title: THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET
Author: STEPHANIE MORRILL
Genre: FICTION, HISTORICAL FICTION, MYSTERY
Length: 352 PAGES
Publisher: BLINK by HARPER COLLINS
Release Date: FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Piper and her best friend Lydia attend the prestigious Presley’s School for Girls located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.
The year is 1924 and Piper has embraced the new freedoms that women are experiencing. “This is 1924, after all. A girl has the right to be heard.”
Of the best friends, Lydia is the more reserved of the two. “Lydia is a darling of the Astor Street district. Not just wealthy and well-bred, but sweet too.”
This photo is similar to what I think Lydia would have looked like.
So, when Lydia goes missing it is a shock to everyone in the neighborhood – in fact, her disappearance shocks the entire city. The police are called in and do the best they can to find Lydia before the unthinkable happens.
But, Piper knows that the police are not being given all the information. She has grown up on Astor Street and is well aware that the residents will keep secret any information that might damage their reputation – despite the fact that it may mean Lydia is never found.
So, Piper sets out to find Lydia on her own. She does not care that she might be placing herself in danger. All she cares about is finding her best friend – alive.
This story is superbly researched. The author has included the prejudices of the era, the way people spoke, the fashions of the day and even the social and societal norms of the 1920s and has done so in a way that comes across as completely natural.
With multiple twists and turns and a varied cast of interesting and compelling characters, THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET is a must read novel.
For anyone who has ever viewed the ‘Roaring Twenties’ as an era of freedom and has thought about it with romanticized notions, this book will both reinforce and shatter those notions.
The central mystery of this book will have readers guessing who and why Lydia was taken and every time they think they have it all figured out, a new twist or piece of evidence will be discovered and readers will have to rethink their views.
This is literally a page-turner that will not only keep readers guessing but will also be impossible for them to put down. If you decide to read this book (and you really should read it) then you had better set aside an entire afternoon since you will NOT be able to put it down.
I do not think this book will be the last we hear about Piper and I can’t wait to read more of her adventures.
I rate THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and three kids.
She is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series.
She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com
To learn more about this author visit the following links:
The Lost Girl of Astor Street hits shelves:February 7th!
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A Chicago Speakeasy – Photo obtained from www.timeout.com
I loved this image of a 1920s flapper with her cigarette looking glamorous so I just had to include it.
Flapper with smoke