This was a beautifully written historical romance set around the WW1 era. David is a young man brought up in poverty and abuse. His mother is a prostitute but David is confident that he does not want to follow in her footsteps. His best friend Spencer does not problem with the lifestyle though and despite their surroundings has a zest for life. A meeting through Spencer helps David realize his dreams of being an attorney. As things are going well for David, Spencer gets conscripted to the war.
This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed her writing style. The story was told so well and had such a strong sense of place that I felt like I was there with the characters. The three main characters were all well developed and I liked that they all had such different personalities but each added to the story line in their own way. The plot was interesting and I was totally caught up in David's world and hoping things worked out for him. I found myself a little emotional in a few places at various turns of events and I was totally invested in how things worked at the end.
This is the third book in a series but it can be read as a standalone. I had not read the first two before this one but I will definitely be going back to read them now. A wonderful new author discovery for me.
Born to a spiteful prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district in New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, meaning “of little value,” or, as his mother reminds him, “nothing.” In the early 20th century brothels and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a life-changing meeting places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David Reid.
As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. While he pursues a law degree, letters from Spence connect David to his hopes for the future. After staggering news at war’s end, David must find a way to move forward. Under the tutelage of his benefactor, David’s career prospers, but specters from Storyville threaten all he’s worked so hard to achieve.
The past holds both pain and love. Will facing it head-on destroy David or give him everything he’s ever dared dream?