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( Read Ebook ) ⛓ Empire Girls ´ The critically acclaimed authors of I ll Be Seeing You return with a riveting tale of two sisters, set in the intoxicating world of New York City during the Roaring TwentiesIvy and Rose Adams may be sisters, but they re nothing alike Rose, the eldest, is the responsible one, while Ivy is spirited and brazen After the unexpected death of their father, the women are left to reconcile the estate, when they make a shocking discovery not only has their father left them in financial ruin, but he has also bequeathed their beloved family house to a brother they never knew existed With only a photograph to guide the way, Ivy and Rose embark to New York City, determined to find this mysterious man and reclaim what is rightfully theirsOnce in New York, temptations abound at every turn, and soon the sisters are drawn into the glitzy underbelly of Manhattan, where they must overcome their differences and learn to trust each other if they re going to survive in the big city and find their brother Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, Empire Girls is a love letter to s New York, and a captivating story of the unspoken bond between sisters This was just okay read for me Don t know why it didn t gel, maybe my mood, but it didn t I think the biggest reason was because the two narrative strands told in first person, from Ivy and Rose s points of view didn t feel particularly different It felt like one narrator telling the same story over from different perspectives rather than two narrators And to be honest, I never really invested in the central story, of the search for the brother As I said, it might have been my mood, but the This was just okay read for me Don t know why it didn t gel, maybe my mood, but it didn t I think the biggest reason was because the two narrative strands told in first person, from Ivy and Rose s points of view didn t feel particularly different It felt like one narrator telling the same story over from different perspectives rather than two narrators And to be honest, I never really invested in the central story, of the search for the brother As I said, it might have been my mood, but the emotional impact of everything that went on in the book, from the sudden death of their father, the loss of their family home, the massive debt and then the mystery of their unknown brother seemed very muffled on the two girls, who seemed a lotconcerned with their dresses and their own love life and I don t think I bought that Yes, I think that was it Oh well I have always thought I should have been born earlier And if I had a choice it would be a toss up between being in my twenties in 1960 I would have made a grooooooovy flower child hippy or being in my twenties in 1920 I would have made an even better flapper No decade is perfect but anything would have been better than being 20 in 1986and I have the big haired pictures to prove it image error image error Rosemary and Ivy Adams life in Forest Grove New York is turned upside down af I have always thought I should have been born earlier And if I had a choice it would be a toss up between being in my twenties in 1960 I would have made a grooooooovy flower child hippy or being in my twenties in 1920 I would have made an even better flapper No decade is perfect but anything would have been better than being 20 in 1986and I have the big haired pictures to prove it image error image error Rosemary and Ivy Adams life in Forest Grove New York is turned upside down after the death of their father Having lost their mother years earlier, they are now all aloneor so they thought until their father s Lawyer J.W Lawrence comes to visit and tells them upsetting and shocking news They have a half brother Asher who they never knew existed And what is even worseHe, not Rose, will be the one to inherit the only thing their father had left The house image error So off they go in search of their long lost brother with only one clue to guide them A photo of The Empire House in NYC Rose is less than thrilled she was happy to live out her days in the quiet and dull Forest Grove but for free spirited Ivy this little adventure is what she has dreamed about all her life image error image error THE EMPIRE GIRLS is a charming and WHOLESOME story about two young sisters finding love in the big city Love for themselves, each other, and yesa man or two I do prefer my roaring 20s with a littleROOOAAR but it is a light enjoyable read for bright summer day.I won an advanced reader copy of this book on first reads I didn t love this book, didn t hate it either There s nothing deep here, no major revelation, but it does pass the time.It just isn t what I was hoping for after enjoying I ll Be Seeing You so much.It s the twenties There s a LOT of drinking Except for all the drinking and the speakeasy and lingo, it doesn t have a twenties feel It doesn t scream TWENTIES, if that makes sense I wasn t really transported to another time and place.Two sisters who start and end with completely different and s I didn t love this book, didn t hate it either There s nothing deep here, no major revelation, but it does pass the time.It just isn t what I was hoping for after enjoying I ll Be Seeing You so much.It s the twenties There s a LOT of drinking Except for all the drinking and the speakeasy and lingo, it doesn t have a twenties feel It doesn t scream TWENTIES, if that makes sense I wasn t really transported to another time and place.Two sisters who start and end with completely different and somewhat not explained personality changes are searching for a brother they never knew about until their father s passingand this brother can determine their future The sisters have a strange love hate relationship, but if I had to spend 21, 22 years in another s constant presence, I can imagine that s inevitable Frankly, both of these girls would get on my nerves Ivy is too self absorbed and selfish and Rose is a stick in the mud and a kiss up at first, until she seems to become an alcoholic LOL I hurried out of bed, flew down the stairs and then brought his bedtime tea back up Here you are, Papa See, I will always bring your tea Ugh Thankfully she changes, but stillWhat I do like about this story is how it touches on the NYers who went to WWI and ended up trapped for a week The Lost Battalion, Argonne without food in France while their own fellow Americans shot at them Sad And these men came back and many of them were emotionally compromised and put into institutions or sleeping homeless in the park I was so interested in this lost battalion, I didresearch on my own and there was so much the authors could have done here, perhaps have the brother as a narrator, telling his story too The soldiers even had to use pigeons to get messages out of their area Frankly, I didn t think there was enough to this story to warrant double narratives, but if they d added the brother s storyafter all the story is supposed to be about these girls looking for their missing brother, but there is so very little really of that drama, compared to the romance and drinking and other characters in the house who don t really hold major roles Overall, the story felt rushed The timeline was crazy too At times it read as if a week had passed and a few pages later, days, and a few pages later, three weeks, and later, two weeks I like a set timeline and this irritated me I also thought, partly because of the cover looks like some weird stage thing going on there that there would be some theater life, some side story here about acting or vaudeville or something, and there wasn t Even the ladies jobsnot much detail about that I mean, just WHEN does Rose do any housekeeping Yes, I d say there was a serious lack of details in this story I think that s what was missing for me And where were the other ladies of the house Why didn t the sisters ask them about their brother There were four ladies in the attic and three downstairs That doesn t make sense.Full review This is the third book this year that I expected to love, should have loved, but then didn t As with The Museum of Extraordinary Things, I had high hopes for this one I mean, look at that cover And it s about sisters Sisters who have to find the brother they JUST found out existed after their father died and left them a letter saying, Oh, by the way, girls, you have a brother He lives in NYC You should go find him AND this takes place in the 20 s What is NOT to love I ll tell you what This is the third book this year that I expected to love, should have loved, but then didn t As with The Museum of Extraordinary Things, I had high hopes for this one I mean, look at that cover And it s about sisters Sisters who have to find the brother they JUST found out existed after their father died and left them a letter saying, Oh, by the way, girls, you have a brother He lives in NYC You should go find him AND this takes place in the 20 s What is NOT to love I ll tell you what is not to love Mira s need to get quick reads out fast I ve never been friends with this imprint, nor with Harlequin in general I m bothered by their willingness to sacrifice quality for the sake of a quick buck I think that s why I was so surprised by I ll Be Seeing You it was much better crafted than what I ve come to expect from Mira.This one, though, this wasalong the lines of Hit these marks and then get it on the shelves which is unfortunate.Here s what worked for me The title page is gorgeous I must have looked at it for a solid five minutes It just struck me The idea behind the story is awfully compelling There are some honest, strong moments of self realization in both Ivy and Rose.But I kept getting hung up on so many other things I never believed Rose and Ivy were sisters They didn t feel related at all I could have believed they were sisters in lawlike maybe Ivy had been married to the brother instead of being his sister and maybe he d left her and she went to find Rose for help and they didn t get along and this story was the result I don t know but I never bought their relationship None of the complexities or depths that you find in a love hate sister relationship were there The timeline Everything happened so quickly that there was no buildup Instalove, instacareer, instaacceptance, instaeverything I couldn t see any character growth because there was no time for growth Too many characters This winds up being a plot driven story though it should be character driven However, many of the characters are weak and most of them are unreliable so it s easier to focus on the end goal of the tale rather than the moments and people Too often, the sisters seemed interchangeable which made their difficult sisterly relationship even harder to believe Nell s personality shifted from chapter to chapter I couldn t really grasp Sonny, Lawrence, Claudia, the rest of the Empire Girls, or even Cat who was probably the most fleshed out That just left the storyline and, in this case, it wasn t strong enough to carry my attention or affection.While this was a disappointment to me because I d had such high hopes, I can t say it s not worth reading It really is an ok story there are some lovely passages and pretty moments If you re a skimming reader and not prone to break things down, this is a fast read It s a good airplane or beach book and will have its own audience I just can t be part of that group this time around