Publisher: Broadway Books (April 19, 2016)
An epic love story featuring an Italian singer and a British dancer, set against the backdrop of war-torn England.
The first meeting between Antonio and Olivia at the Paradise Ballroom is brief, but electric.
Years later, on the dawn of World War II, when struggling Italian singer Antonio meets the wife of his wealthy new patron, he recognizes her instantly: it is Olivia, the captivating dance hostess he once encountered in the seedy Paradise Ballroom. Olivia fears Antonio will betray the secrets of her past, but little by little they are drawn together, outsiders in a glittering world to which they do not belong. At last, with conflict looming across Europe, the attraction between them becomes impossible to resist–but when Italy declares war on England, the impact threatens to separate them forever.
The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is a story of forbidden love and family loyalties amid the most devastating war in human history.
I'm not quite sure what it is about a good romance set in a war-time setting that really appeals to me - maybe it's the historical aspect, maybe it's the "love during desperate times" aspect - I just really enjoy a good historical romance, so I was so pleased to be asked to review Alison Love's "The Girl From The Paradise Ballroom."
This fascinating romantic tale has all the right qualities to make a historical fiction fan swoon - great characters, intriguing storyline, war-torn background - all there to make a lively and captivating read! Love's fast-paced writing keeps the reader on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out if love will triumph or not.
I highly recommend this novel for historical fiction fans as well as fans of a great romantic story!
About Alison Love
ALISON LOVE is the author of the historical novels Mallingford and Serafina. Her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and in 2013 her story Sophie Stops the Clock was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. Alison has worked in the theater, television, and public relations. The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is her American fiction debut.
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Alison Love’s TLC Book Tour’s TOUR STOPS:Monday, April 18th: Luxury Reading
Monday, April 18th: The Maiden’s Court
Tuesday, April 19th: The Lit Bitch
Wednesday, April 20th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, April 25th: Books a la Mode – guest post/giveaway
Tuesday, April 26th: Mom’s Small Victories
Wednesday, April 27th: BookNAround
Thursday, April 28th: Just Commonly
Friday, April 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Monday, May 2nd: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, May 3rd: The Best Books Ever
Wednesday, May 4th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Thursday, May 5th: Write Read Life
Monday, May 9th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, May 10th: Bibliotica
Wednesday, May 11th: A Bookaholic Swede
Friday, May 13th: Broken Teepee
Monday, May 16th: Diary of an Eccentric
TBD: View from the Birdhouse
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to Broadway Books for providing the review copy! I was not compensated for my opinion.