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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    The Floating Palace!!

    This was my first time reading JoAnn Carter and a friend suggested that I read The Floating Palace and I am so glad that I did. The story is about a woman who takes on a job on a steam ship as a stewardess and in the 1920's that was unheard of but Ellie got the job. She meets Captain Philip Lawhorn...he is not excited to have her working on his ship at all but at the time who could blame him it could end up a total disaster. This is the first book in the Series and I know one thing for sure I will be reading the 2nd in the series as soon as it comes out. JoAnn Carter makes you feel like you are right there perhaps as Ellie working on the ship and her interactions with others. If you like Historical Romance then this book is for you.. An excellent job!!

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    My Review of The Floating Palace

    Ellie Dunkling is finally realizing her lifelong dream of working on the Ticongeroga, a steamboat running on Lake Champlain. The one obstacle towards achieving her goal-no one hired women to work on ships. She feels that her dreams are coming true when she is offered the job of stewardess on the Ti. Another obstacle along the way-dealing with Captain Philip Lawhorn.he is not thrilled with the prospect of having a female stewardess aboard his ship. Rather, he thinks it is a recipe for disaster.

    I'm not much of a fan of historical novels, but my journey though The Floating Palace was fun and enjoyable. I loved the spunky character of Ellie and delighted in her own journey with the Ti and Captain Lawhorn. I'm never one to spoil the ending for readers, but I can't say enough how much you all are going to enjoy this novel.

    In the past, I've read western romances and gothic novels as well as regencies; however, I've never read a book about the roaring twenties. So, I went into this book unsure how I would react. There even is a glossary of terms from that time period and I was like oh, no, how am I going to remember these words and will it disturb my reading time. I was pleasantly surprised.

    Ms. Carter must have done her research because from the very first page until the last, you feel as if you are right there with Ellie and Philip and the crew. You are given vivid word pictures of settings from that time period and the tone of this novel flows so smoothly with the time. Ms. Carter inserted colloquial speech from that time in just the right spots and you didn't have to turn back to the glossary to refresh yourself on the definition of terms. Her prose just works, effortlessly, and stays with you long after you finish reading. I give Ms. Carter Five Stars for Outstanding Fiction.definitely a keeper on my book shelf. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    not to be misses

    In this wonderful romance by JoAnn Carter, the reader is plunged into the world of 1923, where a woman may work but definitely not on a hectic steamboat surrounded by men. With three dimensional characters and a gripping storyline, this novel is a page turner and a kindle keeper. Fist in a new series, Ms. Carter once again doesn't disappoint. She leaves the reader wanting more and eagerly anticipating the rest of the books in the series.

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