Series: Historical Fairytales #2
Publisher: Second Sentence Press (2016 - March 16)
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, Read 2016
The Twelve Dancing Princesses meets the heady glamor and danger of the Jazz Age
All Dorothy Perkins wants is to have a good time. She’s wild about dancing, and can’t understand or accept her father’s strictness in forbidding it. Night after night she sneaks out to the Lost Lake House, a glamorous island nightclub rumored to be the front for more than just music and dancing…in spite of an increasingly uneasy feeling that she may be getting into something more than she can handle.
Marshall Kendrick knows the truth behind the Lost Lake House—and bitterly hates his job there. But fear and obligation have him trapped. When a twist of circumstances throws Dorothy and Marshall together one night, it may offer them both a chance at escaping the tangled web of fear and deceit each has woven…if only they are brave enough to take it.
Lost Lake House is a novella set in the 1920s. It is the time of prohibition and the flappers. Dorothy loves to dance. She would do just about anything so long as she can dance. She will even lie to her father and justify her reasons for being able to dance. Until she starts to question why she really goes to the Lost Lake House.
Marshall works for the liquor smugglers. He needs the money for his family. He won’t tell them what he does but he won’t stop either. They are too desperate for the money he earns, the money he gets from bootlegging the illegal alcohol into Chicago. His conscience is getting sick from what he does, but does he have another choice?
Dorothy and Marshall both want to escape the Lost Lake House, for their own reasons. If they manage to find each other, can they both get out? Is there even a way out of the Lost Lake House once you are entrenched?
As a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this was good. Dorothy is an only child, not one of twelve. Her father has no idea that she is leaving the house to go dancing. These are just small differences. I truly enjoyed the historical setting. It was great.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration.
This in no way affects my opinion of the title nor the content of this review.