Title: Temptation Rag
Author: Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard
Publication Date: December 3, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner
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Temptation Rag is a historical fiction novel with a focus on ragtime music and theater. The story is about a poet and a pianist destined to be together but go their separate ways. They find each other again but a lot has changed. This being the second book I’ve read by this author, I enjoyed it more so than the first.
The story is told in third person and introduces well-developed characters. I could tell the story was researched due to the descriptions of the ragtime music era and theater as well as the 1800’s and 1900’s. I was invested in May, the poet of the story and Mike Bernard the pianist and musician of the story. The author has a unique connection to the characters and it showed throughout the book. There were several historical characters in the book, which added to its charm, but it was May and Mike I rooted for and wanted to know how their story would end.
I was hoping the story would have a happy ever after, but I’m glad the twist played out as it did. Temptation Rag was more realistic, dramatic when it needed to be and easy to relate to the characters. I couldn’t help visualize the scenes and felt like I was back in the 1800s. I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, but after reading this book, I may just have a change of heart. I recommend Temptation Rag to those who love history, music and the theater.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.