It’s 1945 and Ellie Morgan, who is working as a secretary at the San Francisco Chronicle, has dreams of becoming a journalist. She is facing the strong possibility that her beloved father, whose plane was shot down over the Adriatic Sea, may not be returning from the war. In a blink of an eye, her life is turned upside down. When her father’s personal effects are shipped home, she finds love letters from a woman living in New York City who is not her mother. Accompanied by her Aunt Iris, Ellie heads east to learn more about Lillian, the mystery woman who has been writing her father throughout the war. Initially hoping Lillian might hold some information that could help Ellie uncover her father’s fate, there is a lot more awaiting her. Aunt Iris confesses that she had been a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl and has been hiding secrets of her own as this engaging story shifts to the early 1920s and Jazz Age New York where a murder of a well-known “goodtime girl” has taken place.
Author Meredith Jaeger is a great storyteller. She has created a tale of two strong women that will keep you glued to learn what happens next. Both timelines are equally engaging. Historical fiction that takes place in New York City is always appealing and pre-Depression Manhattan, with its glitz and glamour, is a favorite period. Books like The Pilot’s Daughter reinforce why I love historical novels. And its intriguing mystery makes this book a true standout.
Many thanks to Dutton / Penguin Publishing Group, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this highly entertaining book prior to its publication date.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: November 2, 2021.
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