This is another book recommended by my wife. I probably would never have picked it up if she hadn’t already owned it, though I’m not sure why. I love the cover, I love the tone… But I’ve passed it over several times. Maybe the time just wasn’t right, because this was a good, fast read.
The story your mother never told you–printed here for your own good.
Lois Lenz was like any other wholesome former cheerleader with a knack for office skills–until she took a job at Sather & Sterling in bustling Bay City. Spending her days in the cut-throat typing pool and her nights at the all-women’s residence of Magdalena Arms, Lois had no idea she was entering a world of working girls whose passionate desires–and fabulous fashion sense–could lead any innocent lamb astray. . .
Netta–serious and smart, she’s unlike any woman Lois has known. . .
Maxie–The height of society fashion, and girls are so very in style. . .
Pamela–Lois’s old high school Pep Squad pal certainly has changed. . .
Miss Gill–the office manager has secrets and plenty of file cabinets to keep them in. . .
Dolly–an actress whose martini shaker is as busy as her love life. . .
Mrs. Pierson–“The hyena,” Lois’s boss, her office is a place of hard work and private dictation. . .
And many more!
Lois Lenz–she was a good girl a long way from home about to discover that not everything is what it seems, navy is a bad suit choice, and love can bloom in the strangest of places. . .
If the cover didn’t catch you, the description did… Am I right?
I was worried that this book with its high-school-aged protagonist was going to be childish. I thought maybe because it was set in a by-gone era, she would be too naive, too easily led, too… boring.
But I was wrong.
Lois is naive and easily led, but boring is not a word you could ever use to describe her. She’s smart, kind, and has a solid work ethic most 18-year-olds these days won’t have for another few decades. And she’s tough in her own way.
The story was a good one. I really liked the dynamics between Lois and her new companions and co-workers. You learn a lot – even as Nolan keeps you guessing – about all the characters and the shadier parts of their lives. Mysteries abound, and there are plenty of racy scenes to keep you titillated.
I give this one a solid four-and-a-half of five stars and recommend it to fans of lesfic, noir, and light mystery with a dash of romance.
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