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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Juffie Kane by Beverly Swerling

4.0 out of 5 stars Wholly entertaining!
This novel has it all! From the very first, Juffie Kane is unconventional and dramatic. Raised by parents with connections to la cosa nostra, the beautiful little girl wants for nothing. Juffie aspires to the Broadway stage and ultimately secures her stardom by accruing a debt with the mob that affects her life in many ways.

Ordinarily I have a preference for historical fiction and thriller/suspense/mystery novels. Though I would say this book has a lot of romance, there are so many other elements and side stories that it really kept my interest. Though the focus is primarily on Juffie and the highs and lows of her acting career, there are MANY other events that occur involving her, her best friend Karen, and a host of other interesting characters that created some incredible depth to the story set in the 1940s and 1950s. From elegant New York to seedy Las Vegas, the narrative goes in some very unexpected directions and had me turning the pages wanting to see how it all turned out. What price does Juffie pay to make her dreams come true?

The reader should expect to experience some big highs and lows along with Juffie and the cast of this novel which has been updated and is being re-released in ebook form after first being published in 1990. I think you'll enjoy it!

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