Rating – 4/5.
It’s the summer of 1952, and Adeena “Addie” Kahlo loves her life in Chicago, where she helps run her close-knit family’s nightclub on the south side. But Addie has a dream that she is determined to make a reality; attending college in New York and becoming a published author.
Through a blind date, she meets Alan, who becomes her best friend and closest confidant. They share a secret that they can never divulge. Together, they discover a door that opens to a magical place that leads to other worlds and to times past and future; Cafe du Temp, a nightclub like no other. At Cafe du Temp they listen to soulful jazz, drink fancy cocktails, and slowly begin to understand that its opulent and stunning ambience means something unique and special to each person who enters its doors.
It’s here, in this strange and elegant place, where Addie meets and falls in love with the beautiful poet, Isabelle Androsko. Their chemistry is immediate and powerful. Despite this, they soon discover that their vastly different worlds pose near impossible obstacles to the life they want to build together. Addie believes that the mysterious Cafe du Temp, and its serendipitous existence in their lives, is the catalyst to their future, but can this belief transcend time and heartbreak to bring her to her ultimate destiny?
Would you be able to pass up on a book if I describe it as ‘The love letter(movie)’ meets ‘The time machine’ meets ‘Alice through the looking glass’, which, let’s be honest, are all unique and amazing? I’m not even kidding. I also know that it would be a challenge to actually pull it off even for an experience writer, let alone a debutant.
I have always loved historical romance for they are different from what I’m seeing and experiencing at present. The romance in a good historical novel always feels magical in itself even without any fantasy element involve. But when it does have that fantasy element and is writen well, now that’s my kind of fiction.
The story is about Addie who met Isabelle at a mysterious night club(#looking glass), whose love transcend through time(#The Love Letter). The night club has portals, portals to(no, not to another dimension) another time(#Time Travel). Pretty dope, right?
The writing is good, the romance were well written, the chemistry between the MC’s were spot on, the side characters were well put, the character development was well portrait and… okay, the sex scenes are pretty good too(applause!!).
Too many pros. Now, lets talk cons. As an avid reader(I’m sure it’s a curse), I did feel like the novel could have been shorter and could do with a little bit more editing. The pace was a little slow in the middle and suddenly picks up towards the end. I would have loved it if the writer actually trim down the middle a bit and avoid rushing the ending.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading it and well, obviously, I recommend it.
#ARC given to me by the writer for an honest review.