I usually don't read romances, unless they are historical. And I'm so glad I read this one. It is set in 1933 in the resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Meg Alden, a native of the city by the lake, has her heart set on being a newspaper reporter, but it is 1933 and most newspaper editors see a woman's job as writing for the society page.
But, Meg won't give up on her dream and then to add to her distractions is the new reporter on the paper, Jack Wallace, whose job she coveted. Their story has many twists and turns which leave you wondering will these two ever get together?
The descriptions of the beautiful town of Lake Geneva and especially of the building of the Rivera are worth the read to anyone who is familiar with the area or you just want to remember or learn about an earlier era. Pamela has definitely done her research.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but I was under no obligation to read the book or post a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Meg wants to report more than society fluff for the Lake Geneva News-Tribune, but men rule the world and they don't want women reporters. Her hopes to gain a coveted news post is dashed when Jack, the son of the Chicago Beacon owner, comes aboard for an internship of sorts. Meg continues to ghost write for the News-Trib owner's son, who is not a writer but is being groomed to take over.
Meg and Jack are attracted to each other, but don't know how the other feels. So Meg plans to move to Los Angeles where she hopes to climb the reporter ladder, not realizing Jack doesn't want to return to Chicago. A new Christian, he becomes strong in his faith while Meg's faith languishes. And what about those glamorous girls who keep popping into Jack's life?
The year is 1933, the middle of the Great Depression, and Meg Alden is a young woman who works at the local newspaper, writing frivolous short pieces. It's her dream to become a real reporter. Though Meg definitely has the writing ability, her employer refuses to give her more challenging assignments on principle: he doesn't think such work is for a woman.
Meg is hopeful when a reporter's job opens up, only to be disappointed by the appearance of Jack Wallace, a big-city reporter who takes the job to prove to his father he has the experience to take over the family-owned newspaper. Meg can't help resenting the handsome, well-dressed man. Everything has come so easily to him, she thinks. But Meg will soon learn that Jack Wallace is far more than a spoiled rich boy.
Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is a gentle romance, despite the clash of generations that causes the main conflict. Meg is a girl with spunk, whose lifelong faith is challenged by the disappointments she encounters. She has a tendency to blame God, without realizing that the circumstances she finds so distressing are actually leading her to a much better future.
Author Pamela S. Meyers knows her setting well, since she grew up in Lake Geneva, but she also adds texture to this novel with historic touches, including references to such subjects as Ginger Rogers, the Veterans' Bonus March and marcel waves. Various local spots are casually mentioned, lunchrooms, streets, but special attention is given to the sumptuous Riviera Ballroom, opened in 1933, which still graces the lakeside today. It is here that the story culminates in the satisfying ending.
This romance reminded me of one of the musical comedies that were so popular in the â€˜30's, full of averted glances, near-kisses and misunderstandings between sweethearts. It has a sweetness that I thoroughly enjoyed, and a conclusion that was entirely worthy of a romantic RKO "The End."
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but I was under no obligation to read it or post a positive review. These are entirely my own honest opinions.)
You have to love a female character who works, lives, or endeavors to live outside the box in her era. I so enjoyed the character that Ms. Meyers created, Meg Alden, and her desire to do something meaningful at a time when women rarely held jobs as journalists. But Ms. Meyers didn't stop there, she included a charismatic love interest. To the end, Ms. Meyers allowed her characters depth of emotion. And I thoroughly enjoyed the read. There's enough intrigue to keep the reader turning pages, and enough romance to keep butterflies in the stomach. Enjoy! I was given a preview copy of the book by the publisher to read and offer an objective review of the work. It wasn't difficult to be objective. Lovely read...