'Round Midnight

'Round Midnight

by Laura McBride

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'Round Midnight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, one of the best books
4156511 More than 1 year ago
Laura McBride has done it again. I loved We are Called to Rise. This book is similar in that it is also set in Las Vegas and features intertwining characters and their stories. I just finished it with tears in my eyes. The story features 4 women - June, the one who fell in love; Honorata, the one who got lucky; Coral, the one who chose happiness; and Engracia, the one whose heart was broken. It begins in the early days of Vegas, in a small club that featured a black singer. June and her husband Del, run the club and are fast friends. However, this is in the 60s, where race relations are a huge firestorm (similar to today?). Honorata is basically sold and exploited by her uncle in the Philippines to a wealthy businessman from Chicago. When she strikes it lucky at the club in Vegas, her life begins to change. Coral is a young woman raised by a strong black mother into a close family. She becomes a music teacher in Las Vegas but struggles to understand her past. Engracia is a worker at the casino, who makes a lucky find that will rock her world and break her heart. All of these women represent strong, resilient characters who want only the best for their families and communities. Their faith is important to them and they take care of each other. Their stories will remain with you - just as McBride's characters always do. With her magic, there is not an unlikeable character featured because there is always something redeeming in each of us. Highly recommended!!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I almost gave up on this book. I was about 1/4 through and was not really engaging in the story. In the author's defense, I think it was mostly my fault. I just think I wasn't in the mood to read (I'd read about a dozen books back to back. I set the book down and did something else for a while. When I went back to it, I was thinking why was I going to put this down? I started reading and was instantly mesmerized and finished the rest of the book. This was an awesome read about several women who were all somehow connected. Of course, you don't see it at first, but when you do, it's amazing. I loved how the author took these women showed their best and their worst, their hardships, their secrets and their lives. And, then to take all of that and put them together? This was a phenomenal weave of "stories" that centered all on the El Capitan Casino. An amazing story that I am so glad I did not put down. Thanks Touchstone and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.