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The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway

A Debut author’s first offering is on the blog today – a mix of historical fiction, romance and family saga with several clever twists, all brought together cleverly by Joy Callaway. This book is releasing tomorrow – go ahead and grab

The Fifth Avenue Artist’s Society

Deceptively complex, the story draws you in with the imagery and viability of the characters and the perspective of the narrator, Virginia (Ginny) Loftin, an aspiring writer herself.  Although Ginny’s voice is beautifully crafted and presented, with a flair for description and detail, there’s a distinct lapse in her ability to truly see her siblings, particularly notable with her brother’s decisions and choices that came as a great surprise to everyone.  Those moments, however, were small hiccups in the overall, and her ability to place readers into the scenes brought the feel of the time forward.

The Golden Age was known for its gilt and show, and Ginny’s narration provides both the outward displays and the behind the scenes struggles for those moments. Family relationships and the struggles to be seen and recognized as ‘something’ special, despite the curves and challenges that life throws, let alone the constrictions of society all bring the tale, and Ginny’s observations, into an intriguing and engaging story, cleverly mixing romance, coming of age, family and society in ways that bring the story to light.

So many elements brought this story to life for me, it’s a story to read on a rainy afternoon when escaping into another time is all you want.

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway

Title: The Fifth Avenue Artists Society
Author: Joy Callaway
Genre: Literary Fiction, Literary Fiction /Family Saga, Literary Fiction /Historical Setting
Published by: Harper Collins, Harper Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062391615
Published on: 31 May, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 17 minutes
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

An enthralling Edith Wharton-meets-Little Women debut about a family of four artistic sisters on the outskirts of Gilded Age New York high society that centers on the boldest—an aspiring writer caught between the boy next door and a mysterious novelist who inducts her into Manhattan’s most elite artistic salon.

The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, her best friend, neighbor and first love. Yet when Charlie proposes to another woman, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and obsessively rewrites how their story should have gone.

Though Ginny works with newfound intensity, success eludes her—until she attends a salon hosted in her brother’s handsome author friend John’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Amongst painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under John’s increasingly romantic attentions. Just as she has begun to forget Charlie, however, he throws himself back into her path, and Ginny finds herself torn between a lifetime’s worth of complicated feelings and a budding relationship with a man who seems almost too good to be true.

The brightest lights cast the darkest shadows, and as Ginny tentatively navigates the Society’s world, she begins to suspect all is not as it seems in New York’s dazzling “Gay Nineties” scene. When a close friend is found dead in John’s mansion, Ginny must delve into her beloved salon’s secrets to discover her true feelings about art, family, and love.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Joy Callaway

Joy Callaway’s love of storytelling is a direct result of her parents’ insistence that she read books or write stories instead of watching TV. Her interest in family history was fostered by her relatives’ habit of recounting tales of ancestors’ lives. Joy is a full-time mom and writer. She formerly served as a marketing director for a wealth management company. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Marshall University and an M.M.C. in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, John, and her children, Alevia and John.

 

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