Book review: A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

IN 1922 Evelyn Lockhart is expected to marry well, manage a house of servants, procreate and find fascination with needlepoint.

So naturally her conservative parents are delighted when Evie's wealthy suitor and childhood friend, Charles Whitman, intimates that he'll soon be proposing marriage.

But Evie has other plans. She dreams of a life of meaning and passion, and of the casual kisses on offer in F. Scott Fitzgerald novels. Evie is smart and ambitious and after witnessing a woman die in childbirth she is determined to become an obstetrician.

Shunned by her loved ones Evie finds unlikely allies in Charles' mother and older brother (and heir to the family banking empire) Thomas, who offer her the encouragement and connections she needs.

To support herself at university Evie becomes an unlikely member of the famous but risqué Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway.

West Australian-based Lester has created a wonderful character in Evie. The path she has chosen has cost her those she loves, but she is determined to achieve her goals and wonderfully eager to experience all life has to offer.

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