A Girl Like You (The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series) by Michelle Cox, Jayne A Entwistle (Narrator)
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10 hours and 21 minutes Audible.com; ASINB077F73CN7
Release Date: November 14, 2017; Publisher: Michelle Cox
Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago's northwest side. It's 1935, but things still aren't looking up since the big crash and her father's subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings. Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall - and just when she's beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead.
When aloof Inspector Clive Howard appears on the scene, Henrietta agrees to go undercover for him - and is plunged into Chicago's grittier underworld. Meanwhile, she's still busy playing mother hen to her younger siblings, as well as to pesky neighborhood boy Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and keeps popping up in the most unlikely places, determined to keep Henrietta safe - even from the Inspector, if need be. Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector's investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This is a story of the time period of the Great American Depression. It is a time when jobs were very hard to find and the pay was very little to survive on. Henrietta was an older teenage girl. Her father was dead and as the eldest, was left to work and support her mother and her many siblings. She discovered an opportunity to work in an environment her mother and Priest would not approve of. She was able to successfully deceive her mother. It was a deception that put her in several compromising positions. She discovered she had a strange variety of friends. She also discovered shocking new things she never knew about in her young life. Would she live through it all?
This is a very well-written, captivating book. I really enjoyed it except for the occasional profanity and a sex scene that wasn't explicit but was still too descriptive.
The scenes were easily visualized and the characters seemed very real. One felt he/she was living the story in every way.
The Narrator, Jayne Entwistle did a very good job in her performance and was very consistent with the use of various "voices".
I offer a Five Stars rating
Michelle Cox Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there.
Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade.
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