Review: Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

In this riveting and captivating historical fiction novel, debut author Denny S. Bryce expertly weaves two timelines together to build a mystery that grips you from the first page. 

It’s 1925 and all Honoree Dalcour wants to do is dance. She knows landing a spot at the ritzy Dreamland Cafe is her best shot at making a name for herself beyond the chorus line but she isn’t the only young woman looking to leave her past behind in pursuit of stardom. Letting her ambition lead the way, Honoree navigates through a treacherous world of mobsters and bootleggers, hoping to come out a star on the other side. 

In 2015, film student Sawyer Hayes is battling his own demons when he arrives at 110-year-old Honoree’s bedside, looking for confirmation of a story that could change the trajectory of his life. But Honoree isn’t too keen to dredge up a past she has long kept buried.

Through her lyrical writing and vivid descriptions of Chicago’s Black Belt, Bryce transports readers into the heart of Chicago’s speakeasies in the 1920s and delivers a suspense-filled story about love, friendship and ambition that I couldn’t put down. I highly recommend WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES and look forward to reading whatever Bryce writes next. 

Many thanks to Kensington Books for the advance reading copy.

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