It is January, 1914 and Jonathan Crane returns home from his travels with a new American bride, former Coney Island showgirl Beatrice. In the remote Lancashire village Beatrice is the focus of attention, the men captivated by her beauty, the women initially charmed by tales of her upbringing in Normal, Illinois with her father, an amateur taxidermist, and her brother, a preacher, although she will take the story of how she became the Angel of Brooklyn to her grave.
But when the men head off to fight in the Great War the glamorous newcomer slowly becomes an object of suspicion and jealousy for the women who are left behind and as the years pass, and their resentment grows, Beatrice's secret proves to be her undoing.
Beautifully observed, tragic, funny and so evocative that you can taste the candy floss at Coney Island and feel the chill of wartime England, Angel of Brooklyn is an extraordinary, heartbreaking story.
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Would have rated this a lot higher as the story and characters drew me in. However, the ending was awful. I literally sat there and said that's the ending? Very disappointed with the finish.
I gave this book a star for having a complete conclusion, one for being well edited, and a half star for being a decent length. I did not care much for the characters, the plot, or the writing style. There are some pretty detailed adult topics and while you will not blow steam out your ears, they will get pretty hot. This is a stand alone book, set in England, during WWII. Beware the lies you tell, they may come back and bite you in the end. Chick lit. I thought this book was rather silly and skipped pages. The writting style did not appeal to me. AD