A fast-paced historical romance

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Sister Returns by Joanna Rees, which has more twists and turns than a scary rollercoaster. I didn’t read the first two books in this series but it works as a standalone novel. We are taken to New York, Los Angeles and the UK, entering the diverse worlds of finance, movies, clothing design and manufacturing in the early 1900s.

It’s 1929 and after running away from her family in Lancashire, becoming a dancer in London and having a riotous time in Paris with her best friend Nancy, would-be fashion designer Vita Casey is now living a much more sedate life in New York with her baby son, far away from her evil brother, Clement, and her nemesis, Edith.

When the disastrous events of the Wall Street Crash change their destinies, Vita and Nancy flee to Los Angeles, where Nancy is determined to make it in the talkies. Schmoozing their way into the ranks of the Hollywood elite, Vita is starting to think that she can begin to fulfil her fashion ambitions. But when the love of her life is hired as a writer on Nancy’s new movie and Clement exacts his ultimate revenge, Vita’s past and present collide. She has no choice but to tell the truth and try to reclaim what is rightfully hers before it’s too late.

You’ll have to read the book to find out who gets what they wished for, and who goes home empty-handed – or worse. Joanna is a great author who knows how to keep you turning the pages. In each of her chapters, the main characters reveal more and more of their true character. My early impressions were frequently flung out of the window as the plot developed and I had no clue as to where it would eventually end up. In summary, The Sister Returns is an interesting, fast-paced historical romance.

It was gifted to me by Pan Macmillan in return for an honest review, as part of A Random Things Blog Tour.

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