sabato 8 ottobre 2016

Review &Giveaway: In The Garden Room by Tanya Eby

Historical Suspense, Gothic
Date Published: July 18, 2016
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions

It is Chicago. 1910. Eleven-year-old Lillian March looks over her mother’s dead body with a sense of relief.
As a poor woman, her mother, Cora, never had any real choices or happiness with her life. Cora and Lillian flee to the bustling city of Chicago, where she is certain she will have the life of opulence she deserves.
Cora and Lillian face deep hardships in turn-of-the-century Chicago as Cora’s mind continues its downward spiral. With no money and no hope for income, Cora sells Lillian to The Garden Room, a brothel, where young girls and desperate women are kept like flowers in a jar.
John March comes looking for his daughter and his wife in an attempt to rescue them, but even if he finds them alive, is rescue really possible?
IN THE GARDEN ROOM is an exploration of madness, desire and two women’s choices in a time when they weren’t really allowed to choose.

My Review

This book was a very surprising reading, much more intense and profound than I expected.
The March family, John, Cora and their eleven year old daughter Lillian, lives in the countryside in Michigan. John is a simple fisherman and a father really affectionate but Cora is not  happy wife, isn't satisfied,  wishes to realize in life because knows she has talent. During a picnic she meets Zeke, a guy who promises her to make fortune in Chicago in his uncle's theater. Cora flees with her daughter in the city but unfortunately the theater is actually a brothel "The Garden Room". Cora sells her daughter. Will her father be able to  save his child?
This story is very crueland realistic, the author is very good to present us Chicago of those years and her descriptions are so detailed that it seems to be in those dirty  and smelly alleys. Another aspect that I appreciated was the changing of the point of views of the various characters in the story: it made the plot  much more appealing

It 's a very tough historical novel, poignant and believable about mental illness, child prostitution, drug use, but it is also full of hope.


Papa says we have to move the body and come up with a story before anyone finds out. I find that very odd. Not the story part, I am used to stories, but the part about the body. Just an hour ago, that body was Mother, but now she’s gone. Her soul hissed out like steam from a kettle. I cross to the object who was Mother but now is The Body. Father says hurry, and I do. “The police will be here soon, and we must be ready,” he says. He does not know that the police only come to the Packinghouse District to drink and to open their trousers. 

Tanya Eby is a writer and an award-winning audiobook narrator. She has published a variety of novels from romantic comedies to mysteries to dark historical pieces. While her writing crosses genres they all share quirky characters and complicated relationships. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @Blunder_Woman.

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2 commenti:

  1. A brothel, where young girls and desperate women are kept like flowers in a jar, Sounds interesting.

  2. In the garden room sounds like a thrilling read ♡ Thank you


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