Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chicago's Headmistress by Loretta Giacoletto

Chicago's Headmistress
Read in: January,2014 
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
Star Rating: 5 

Synopsis: from 
Step back in time to Prohibition and prostitution during the Roaring Twenties. Follow Giulietta Bracca's notorious rise to wealth and power, from street urchin in 1905 Genoa, Italy, to the headmistress of Night School, Chicago's most popular and innovative men's club in the 1920s. Along the way Giulietta plays a deadly game of one-upmanship with men who use her, abuse her, and fall head-over-heels in love with her. This quick-study seductress soon learns to give as good as she gets, and with few regrets--those so devastating they will haunt her into eternity. But there is one man Giulietta will never forget: the immigrant bootlegger she gave up too soon and will stop at nothing to lure him back, even if it means jeopardizing all she holds dear. 

A prequel and partial parallel to Giacoletto's Italian/American saga The Family Angel, Chicago's Headmistress can also stand alone. Every story has more than one side and within a generational saga many stories link and overlap. And as in real life, their endings rarely dissolve into happily ever after. 
A must-read for fans of The Family Angel, Family Deceptions, The Godfather, and HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Found a few grammar issues and would have loved to have a little more of a back story on the mother. 

Gritty, emotional, and sexually charged, this historical novel set in the early 1900s will rock your socks off. Guilietta is tough and such a great character. Watch her grow from an orphan to a hard shelled woman and all of the in betweens. Absolutely loved the setting and can't wait to read the other books in this phenomenal series. 

5 stars. Giulietta is gritty, dark, and overall..a great character. She evolves from a scared but jaded orphan to a woman in charge of herself without any debt to anyone. While her profession may not be the most respectable (even if it is the oldest) she owns it and flourishes in a life she swore she would never have. I can't wait to read the next novels in such a fantastic series. 

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