TITLE: Midnight on Julia Street
AUTHOR: Ciji Ware
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 487 pages
PUBLISHED: Sourcebooks, 2011
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review
FROM GOODREADS: Ciji Ware's acclaimed time slip novel weaves together romance and history with the sultry and timeless flavor of two eras of New Orleans.
TV reporter Corlis McCullough's investigation of a century-old mystery involving spectacular 19th-century buildings under the threat of the wrecker's ball brings her back into the orbit of her old college nemesis King Duvallon. But now they're mature and companionable, and King shows Corlis a fascinating, hidden side of New Orleans society. Then she begins to be pulled back into the past where corruption, violence, and greed mirror the events of the current day.
MY TAKE: I enjoy contemporary novels with characters that slip back in time, whether it is physical or just in the mind. The back and forth perspectives of the modern Corlis and her namesake from the past was a very interesting tactic. I appreciated the fact that it didn't step too heavily into the paranormal, but was right in line with the mystic qualities that surround New Orleans.
I admit to knowing just about nothing about New Orleans and its past so this was a very educational as well as entertaining story for me. I learned quite a bit about The Big Easy's history from the 19th century up to today. The plot was well done with a lot of historical fact mixed in with the drama of trying to save the condemned buildings. The tension and attraction between Corlis and King was palpable with their own tumultuous personal history tied into their race against time and the bureaucracy.
Ciji Ware is a master at giving her readers historical romance mixed with various other elements. This book was a treat because it is actually a contemporary story with a heroine that can "see" into the past. It was very apparent that the author's extensive experience with that of television reporting came in handy when she gave us the spitfire Corlis.
Lovely treat for historical and contemporary fans alike.
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