BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN by Thelma Adams & GIVEAWAY

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BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN by Thelma Adams is a richly layered novel about life at the turn of the century New York City. It’s about a family at odds with one another that somehow stay together through the many downs and occasional ups.

It’s after midnight when Thelma Lorber enters her brother’s hangout. She’s feeling depressed, worn-out, so with few options, she heads to Abie’s. There she finds her very-alive mobster brother with Jewish mobster Louis “Pretty” Amberg in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. She could leave, but she remains beside her fierce, funny brother who has nurtured and protected her since childhood.

There are many kinds of love a woman can feel for a man, but few compare to that of the baby sister for her older brother. For Thelma, a wild widow tied to a young son, Abie is the center of her world. But that love is about to undo everything she holds dear.

I found BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN very sad, but that didn’t keep me from wanting to know more and flipping pages through the night to find out what happens to the numerous members of the Lorber family. One of my favorite novels in the world is Mario Puzo’s, THE GODFATHER. Look BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN had hints of the way family the Corleone family operates in the mob and how violence affects women. There was one member of the family who I found so repulsive, I nearly closed the book every time she showed up, but in the end, that shows the power of Thelma Adams as a writer.

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Thelma Adams is the author of the best selling historical novel The Last Woman Standing and Playdate, which Oprah magazine described as “a witty debut novel.” In addition to her fiction work, Adams is a prominent American film critic and an outspoken voice in the Hollywood community. She has been the in-house film critic for Us Weekly and The New York Post, and has written essays, celebrity profiles and reviews for Yahoo! Movies,The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Parade, Marie Claire and The Huffington Post. Adams studied history at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was valedictorian, and received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives in upstate New York with her family.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the historical novel you most recently read and your thoughts about it. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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38 thoughts on “BITTERSWEET BROOKLYN by Thelma Adams & GIVEAWAY

  1. The last historical fiction was The huntress and I absolutely loved it! It was so unique the theme of Russian culture and the night witches!
    HF is my favorite! Thanks for the chance!

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  2. The latest historical fiction book I read was Lost Roses-Martha Hall Kelly. This one was equally as good as Lilac Girls. Well researched and characters just as endearing. Her books as so well written. Looking forward to her next.

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  3. The Last Boat Out Of Shanghai – features the true stories of four individuals who lived through the Japanese occupation and the conflicts with the Nationalist and Communist parties. Gives insight into why people are willing to risk their lives to find a better place to live and the heart wrenching decisions they make – relevant to current events.

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  4. I just read The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman, and enjoyed learning about the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. I never knew that this armory was the first military factory in the United States.A large, thriving community developed among its workers and their families.

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  5. Just finished an ARC of Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly. I LOVED it…so well written, a.great story with very memorable characters. I love a book with strong women characters.

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  6. I read American Princes by Stephanie Marie Thornton and loved it — love her writing style, and the accounts of the main characters, Alice Roosevelt, life….funny, adventuresome, outspoken….all the things I love about strong women.

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  7. Park Avenue Summer was phenomenal! I loved the story which was set in the sixties around the change in Cosmopolitan Magazine. It was interesting to see the evolution of not only the magazine, but the thought processes of the women of the time. It was a beautiful story!

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  8. I love historical fiction and it is what I enjoy reading most. I recently read Before We Were Yours. It was an interesting and heartbreaking read. I enjoy learning about historical events I was unaware.

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  9. I love historical fiction and I recently read The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. I loved it because I didn’t know a lot about Charles Lindbergh and his wife and kids.

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  10. The last historical fiction I read was When the Men Were Gone. It’s a football story that takes place in Texas where a woman takes over the coaching of a high school football team during WWII. It was good-not great.

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  11. I last read Gold Digger, the story of Baby Doe – excellent book about a fascinating woman! Would love to win this one as I love that era!

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  12. I finished reading Finding Dorothy and enjoyed learning about the author and his family as well as the making of the movie The Wizard of Oz. Now I know why Judy Garland was such a messed up individual.

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  13. I Have a book that included 4 stories in it Christmas on the Prairie. Each story was about a different woman fighting their ow
    n battle. Some finding hard to be away from family, and one (Estelle) very sadden by the lost of her solider husband who had died. Loved all the stories.

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  14. Historical fiction is my favorite genre! bittersweet is already on my to be read list! Thanks for this chance to win a copy.

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  15. The English Wife by Lauren Willig , didn’t loved it but like it. It has it all, thriller, suspence and Historical fiction.

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  16. I’m halfway through The Beantown Girls and I’m amazed at all the things that The Red Cross women had to do. I had no idea! Hope to finish this wonderful book in the next few days.

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    1. Loved that book! I enjoyed The Saturday Evening Girls Club by same author so figured I’d try Beantown Girls as well – it surpassed my expectations!

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  17. I just finished The Shadow Palace by Jane Steen, set in late 1800’s Chicago, and touched on the mob influence setting up there. Really enjoyed that and have been drawn to several books lately set in early 1900’s Brooklyn – Bittersweet Brooklyn sounds like my prefect next read. Added to my tbr list, but would be thrilled to win a copy and skip to the top of the list to read next. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I just finished the book “Caroline” and loved it! Its about Laura Ingalls Wilder Mom and about a different take on the Little House books. It was very eye opening to read it in the different perspective.

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  19. The last historical novel I read was With You Always by Jody Hedlund. The story related to parts of history that I knew absolutely nothing about and I loved it.

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