Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Hooverville by Kayla Joy. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the review copy. Read on for more info and my review.
Annaleise Winston can never seem to fit in with the Society Girls, the strict rules that govern them, or their selfish indulgence during the Great Depression. Behind closed doors, her publicly perfect new fiance, Frank Alexander, is violent and dismissive, but without his financial security, Annaleise and her mother will be on the streets with not a penny to their name.
When Annaleise finally has enough, she runs away and accidentally becomes stranded in a Hooverville, a lawless homeless encampment in Central Park, where she must keep her identity a secret if she wants to stay alive. But a kind shoe shiner named Thomas Kelley may get in the way of everything she thought she ever wanted. As their love for each other grows, the Great Depression worsens, and Frank will pay any price to bring back his bride.
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Hooverville by Kayla Joy is not the typical, historical romance I’m used to. It was a bit hard to get into at first, but I’m glad I persisted, because it was a really great read.
Set in the Great Depression, this story takes you on a journey, exploring how society was in this time period. Poverty, and the divide between classes really makes you compare to today’s society, and realize things haven’t changed all that much. This is part of the reason I enjoy this genre.
The characters are well developed. There are instances of domestic violence, and this story is not fluffy. It’s raw and sometimes sad, but I really was inspired by Annaleise’s journey.
Different, and intriguing, with excellent writing. Hooverville is a book I would recommend.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the review copy and the opportunity to honestly review this book on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Kayla Joy is an author and artist living in the Pacific Northwest with her family and her many animals. At 20, she has already self published two books: Morbid Tales from Behind the Mirror (available on Amazon now) and Hooverville. You can follow her journey at kaylajoybooks.com.
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