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The Gin Lovers
by Jamie Brenner

Published: 2013-02-12
Paperback : 448 pages
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Set against the turbulent and glamorous backdrop of Prohibition and the rise of the jazz age, The Gin Lovers was first published as a six-part e-serial. Now this sensual and romantic story of how one high society woman's passion and courage lead her to love is available for the first ...
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Introduction

Set against the turbulent and glamorous backdrop of Prohibition and the rise of the jazz age, The Gin Lovers was first published as a six-part e-serial. Now this sensual and romantic story of how one high society woman's passion and courage lead her to love is available for the first time ever as a complete book.
It's 1925, and the Victorian era with its confining morals is all but dead. Unfortunately, for New York socialite Charlotte Delacorte, the scandalous flapper revolution is little more than a headline in the tabloids. Living with her rigid and controlling husband William, her Fifth Avenue townhouse is a gilded cage. But when William's rebellious younger sister, the beautiful and brash Mae, comes to live with them after the death of their mother, Charlotte finds entrée to a world beyond her wildest dreams - and a handsome and mysterious stranger whom she imagines is as confident in the bedroom as he is behind the bar of his forbidden speakeasy.
Soon, Charlotte realizes that nothing is as it seems. Secrets are kept and discovered, loves are lost and found, and Charlotte is finds herself on the brink of losing everything -- or having it all.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1


“IT’S THE PARTY of the year, and it’s a funeral.”
Charlotte Delacorte overheard the comment outside Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue. She didn’t recognize the woman who made the callous remark and could only assume she was one of the new breed of vile gossip columnists who had descended upon New York like locusts. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1.What is your first impression of Charlotte Delacorte? How does your impression of her change over the course of the book? Do you think she is fundamentally the same person at the end of the story? Why or why not? 2. Which characters in the novel represent the old world, and what characters represent the changing times? Is either set of characters all good or all bad? Is there a way to have the best of both worlds? 3. Although Charlotte’s mother-in-law, Geraldine, dies before the book begins, it could be argued that she had as much influence over the course of events as anyone else in the novel. Would William and Charlotte have had a successful marriage if Geraldine had remained in the picture? If so, could Charlotte have been happy in her role as Mrs. William Delacorte? 4. Boom Boom and Amelia are both scheming and ruthless women in their own ways. With whom do you empathize more and why? And do you think they had to scheme to get what they wanted as women at the time? Why? 5. Money plays a big role in this novel – for those who have it, and those who do not. What couples would have worked better with money from the beginning, and what couples were better off for their struggle? 6. Do you think Fiona really loved Mae? If so, at what point in the story do you start to believe so and why? Do you think they would have still fallen for one another if they were in modern society? Why or why not? 7. Do you think there could have been hope for William and Charlotte if he had brought her in on his schemes from the beginning? Or do you think things would have ultimately come to pass the same way? Why? 8. Do you think Prohibition was a positive thing for our society, or negative? Why? What events or characters in this story, if any, affected your opinion on Prohibition? 9. Charlotte’s father, Black Jack, is only in a few scenes in the book, but his influence looms large over her. What role does Charlotte’s father play in her fate? 10. Who is more of a hero in this story, Jake or Rafferty? And why?

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  "Less Sex Would Be Good"by Angelic S. (see profile) 04/16/14

Apparently the author writes erotic novels as well. That did come through and, since I don't enjoy reading romance novels, I felt like it took away from a great story. I really enjoyed reading a novel... (read more)

 
  "So much more than steamy romance!"by Yvonne O. (see profile) 07/24/13

 
  "Fun Historical Fiction"by Hauna S. (see profile) 07/16/13

This novel was so much fun to read! It has drama, romance, beautiful settings and clothes, and plenty of scandal! Our book club really enjoyed reading and discussing this book!

 
  "Looks can be deceiving"by Liz R. (see profile) 05/13/13

It was adventurous. Didn't want to put it down. Wanted to find out how it ended.

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