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Book Review of Rhapsody in Time

Rhapsody in Time
Rhapsody in Time
Author: Judith O'Brien
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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After nearly being mugged in the subway, Liz McShane hits her head as she falls through the doors of an arriving train. When she stands up, she finds herself in 1927 New York City, in the midst of speakeasies, prohibition, jazz and gangsters. While wandering the city, she comes face to face Alec Aaronson, a famous composer who died in a plane crash in 1935. Alec is fascinated by the beautiful Liz from her bluejeans to her strange turn of phrase. He helps her find a place to live and a job working on his latest Broadway production. As they grow closer, Liz knows she has been sent back in time to find the man of her dreams and save him from an untimely death.

This is a very well-written time travel romance set in the Roaring Twenties. It took a little while for me to get into the story. Besides the usual fish-out-of-water story of Liz dealing with traveling back in time, we were also told of Alec's immigration to America and how he came to be a famous composer. After getting through that information dump, the story takes off. The author has done her homework. The story includes lots of information on Broadway in the 1920's, along with general history of New York City. There are even debates about the guilt or innocence of Sacco and Vanzetti, two immigrants who were on death row. I give this book and extra 1/2 star just for the incredible setting. My rating: 4.5 Stars.


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