Book Review: Dollface A Novel of The Roaring Twenties & A Giveaway!

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Written By:  Renee Rosen

Published By:  NAL Trade, November 5, 2013

Length:  416 pages

Source: Publisher

America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman—the flapper.

Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn.  She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.

The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

My Thoughts: 

Vera is introduced young and a bit naive, but she knows she wants a different life.  She works two jobs to pay her rent in the boarding house, and she skimps as much as she can.  She and her best friend Evelyn are really two nice Jewish girls and doing their best to meet the men that can change their lives.  It’s the 1920s, women looked for men to take care of them.

Vera’s journey towards that life is filled with nightclubs, drinking, dancing,escaping a raid and more!  She quickly finds herself attracted to two men, men who are on different side of a turf war in prohibition era Chicago.  Sexually drawn to one man, and dependent on another man for security, what choice will she make?  How does Vera go from nice girl to Gangsters girl and much more?

What a trip this book takes it’s readers on! Renee Rosen has done her research and then woven fictional characters in the tales of the most notorious gangsters of Chicago.  She puts a human face on all the crimes and murders of this era.  It’s not hard to realize there were wives and girlfriends of these men, and just how these crimes impacted them. The women take the lead in this book, we see what their days were like, how they were left to their own devices to make homes, and keep themselves primped and ready for their men.

While I admit I’m enthralled with this time period, Renee Rosen put such a unique spin on her story in Dollface it added to my fascination more.  While reading the book I’m also a fan of Boardwalk Empire, a series on HBO.  Two events that are detailed in Dollface have also recently been shown on the show….talk about great timing!!

If you’re a fan of Historical Fiction I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dollface, this romp back into a time of speakeasys and gangsters is worth the read!

Thanks to NAL I have an copy of Dollface to giveaway!  Please tell me your favorite era of Historical Fiction in a comment below for a chance to win.  Contest is open to the United States only, and is open until Midnight Wednesday November 20th.  Winner will be chosen by  Please make sure you leave an email address to be contacted.  Good Luck!!  

9 Responses to “Book Review: Dollface A Novel of The Roaring Twenties & A Giveaway!”

  1. Books in the Burbs

    Oh, I just love historical fiction books and this sounds like a great 1920’s book!! I love anything that is early 1900’s and even 1800’s. I think it’s basically just reading about women that defy the odds and make a place in their world. 😀 Thanks for the giveaway! booksintheburbs (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Fiction_TheNewReality (Jayne)

    My favorite time period is definitely the Golden Age, aka The Roaring Twenties. I was fascinated with this era back in seventh grade, when I was assigned to research the 20s and I loved everything from the fashions to the scenes. Thank you for the giveaway, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

    email: fictionthenewreality(at)gmail(dot)com

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