Author: JoAnn Carter
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Category: Inspirational / Historical
Purchase Link: The Floating Palace
Official Release Date: July 16, 2011
Ellie Dunkling is finally realizing her lifelong dream of working on the Ticongeroga, a steamboat running on Lake Champlain. The one obstacle towards achieving her goal—no one hired women to work on ships.
She feels that her dreams are coming true when she is offered the job of stewardess on the Ti. Another obstacle along the way—dealing with Captain Philip Lawhorn…he is not thrilled with the prospect of having a female stewardess aboard his ship. Rather, he thinks it is a recipe for disaster.
In the past, I’ve read western romances and gothic novels as well as regencies; however, I’ve never read a book about the roaring twenties. So, I went into this book unsure how I would react. There even is a glossary of terms from that time period and I was like oh, no, how am I going to remember these words and will it disturb my reading time. I was pleasantly surprised.
Ms. Carter must have done her research because from the very first page until the last, you feel as if you are right there with Ellie and Philip and the crew. You are given vivid word pictures of settings and the tone of this novel flows so smoothly with the time period. Ms. Carter inserted colloquial speech from that time in just the right spots and you didn’t have to turn back to the glossary to refresh yourself on the definition of terms. Her prose just works, effortlessly, and stays with you long after you finish reading. I give Ms. Carter Five Stars for Outstanding Fiction…definitely a keeper on my book shelf. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
My Rating (The Floating Palace): 5 Stars—Outstanding Fiction
5 Stars—Outstanding Fiction: Rivals my love affair with the classics of Jane Austen
4 Stars—Top Notch Fiction: Highly recommend you read this book and watch this author
3 Stars—Ordinary Fiction: Not earth shattering revelation of greatness, but worth reading
2 Stars—Disappointing Fiction: Hoped for more and you won’t find this book fulfilling
1 Star—Not-so-good Fiction: Difficult to keep reading; you won’t want to read it either
(Disclaimer: I reserve the right not to post reviews with a rating below 3 Stars)
A gratis copy of this book was sent to this reviewer by the author / or publisher in exchange for an impartial evaluation.