The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes is a historical fiction which is one of my favorite genres. It starts out with a very young girl running away from home. She is a blues singer and a good one. She sings in clubs until prohibition comes along. She then meets a gangster. The story basically follows her life.
While I enjoyed the book itself, there were a lot of grammatical mistakes which made it very hard to follow at times. When people would have conversations, sometimes it was hard to tell who was saying what. The premise of the book was good and I did enjoy it. I just feel that it needs a bit of editing. If it receives additional editing, I do believe this has the potential to become a really good and interesting book.
Speakeasies! Gangsters! Flappers!
In 1918, Kansas City is Sin City. Forced to leave home at age fourteen, beautiful Hannah Glidden struggles to survive but with help from her childhood friend, Meg, mistress to a wealthy man and the irrepressible, flapper extraordinaire, Rosie, she thrives as a cabaret singer.
The early 20's roared. Fortunes were made or lost in a single night, and criminals mingled with kings. Neither the government nor prohibition could stop the flow of alcohol or the lure of the "good life". Handsome rum runner, Johnny Gallo is part of New York's large growing criminal empire where the sky is the limit. The ruthless Gallo has a knack for knowing the right people, and a single-minded devotion to getting what he wants. And, he wants Hannah.
Hannah goes with Johnny to Al Capone's Chicago and eventually to Brooklyn, New York where she basks in the glamourous shadow world of gangsters and their gals. Johnny becomes a force to be reckoned with but in time the free-spirited Hannah clashes with her controlling lover.
She faces the dark side of her dreams but dares to defy Johnny despite the dangers and unwittingly discovers that for her, dying might be the only true path to freedom after all.