Monday, March 7, 2016

Book Review: Erin's Gift by Nancy Fraser @EntangledPub

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1075 KB
Print Length: 102 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (July 7, 2014)
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Sold by: Macmillan

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About Erin's Gift:

Caught in a raid at an illegal speakeasy, good girl Erin O'Mara loses everything: her job, her home, and her reputation. Handsome and so out of her league attorney Seth Harrison, her best friend's brother, rescues her not once, but twice. He bails her out of jail and offers her a job as nanny for his son. 

Seth has no intention of falling in love after the death of his wife. But despite his better judgment, he can't help being drawn to Erin's innocence. This Christmas, letting go of the past and embracing the future may be the greatest present of all.

My Review:

Erin's Gift takes place in Chicago, IL, 1924 during Prohibition.

Erin O'Mara is a good girl, naive to the ways of the world.  She was an up-and-coming student of music at a prestigious academy when her world came crashing down and she suddenly found herself an orphan.  Forced to abandon her love of music, Erin ends up living in a boarding house and working a retail job.

When Erin's friend Abby decides that Erin needs a night out on the town with their other friend Will, her life takes another horrendous turn.  Busted at an illegal speakeasy, Erin, who doesn't come from money like Abby or Will, finds herself without a job, without a place to live, and with a blemish on her otherwise perfect record.  Fortunately, Abby's big brother Seth swoops in and saves the day.  

Seth is unsure why the quiet and proper Erin has allowed his carefree sister to corrupt her.  After bailing all three friends out of jail, Seth finds that he's pulled to Erin in a way that he swore would never happen.  After the death of his wife was killed in a car accident, he didn't want to go back down the path toward love.....Until he meets Erin.

Erin's Gift is a sweet romance that takes place in a spectacular era.  The author provides such vivid descriptions of the places, people, and clothing that you can't help but feel like your're in Chicago at that time.  I had no trouble visualizing the flapper dresses and headbands that accompanied them.  The descriptions of the city are clear and easy to picture.  

I enjoyed the contrast between Erin and Abby - friends, yet completely opposite personalities.  The slow developing romance between Erin and Seth is believable and although the story is short, nothing is rushed.  The time frame of Erin's Gift makes sure that the characters don't go from "Hi" to "I love you" in a day.

The writing is well done, the characters are likable, and the descriptions of this long ago time period are vivid.  I'm glad I had a chance to finally read Erin's Gift.  Please be advised that this is a sweet story that does contain a sensual scene.  

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley (a long, long time ago) as part of the A Very Scandalous Holiday anthology.

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