The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.
The invitation to Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.
But soon it transpires that the hedonism of Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of.
Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal, and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamor of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything… even murder.
My reading experience:
Firstly I would like to thank a Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my free ARC.
Young Peggy Battenberg is trapped by her status. Reluctant heiress Peggy prefers to work in Moonrise bookshop than adhere to the restrictive etiquette of her position. The reader is quickly drawn to Peggy and is thrilled along with Peggy to discover that the mandated holiday she is all but abducted to go on, is in fact, an opportunity for Liberty. Coney Island Dreamland beckons.
The author describes the sights, sounds and smells of the two contrasting worlds of the Oriental Hotel and Coney Island. Peggy is torn between these worlds and this comes to a head when a murder or two has been discovered.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it for lovers of a gatbyesque era.