I hope you’re happy! I can’t tell you how many times I uttered these words while reading this book. While Ellis Reed slowly climbs up his career ladder, the rungs that he has been using, are slowly falling apart. The year is 1931 and times are tough all around, as families struggle to stay afloat during the Great Depression. The uncertainty of their future had some desperate individuals searching for ways to survive another day while Ellis Reed was looking for something more.
As a journalist, Ellis is searching for his “big break” as his rise to fame wasn’t coming fast enough for him. Armed with his camera and his knack for writing, Reed discovers his “big break” but unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. Not thinking about the repercussions of his actions, he takes a short-cut to secure his “big break,” which in turn, escalates matters. It’s not only Ellis who feels the impact of this fallout, but those he had dragged with him. Ellis walks along a thin line as he tries to right his wrong as the clock ticks.
Images of the Great Depression flashed across my mind as I read this story. The desperation and the difficult times that individuals experienced brought deep connections to what played out in this story. I could understand Ellis’ actions as he strives to make a name for himself and later in the story, where some of those desires came from. I liked how as the story progressed, there were some surprises. A great story, I can see why this book is popular now. 4.5 stars
A big thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark, Kristina McMorris and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #SoldOnAmonday #NetGalley