Monday, April 18, 2016

Flickers by Kathryn Jordan


Title: Flickers

Author: Kathryn Jordan

Release Date: March 29, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: General Fiction

Format: Ebook




Set in the dynamic years leading up to the Roaring Twenties, Flickers turns its lens on California’sglamorous silent film era, as Victorian civilities are swept away by a bold new century . . .

Violet Winters is the daughter of one of California’s wealthy robber barons. Jack Sutter is thegardener’s son.
In their youth, the two were inseparable. But in 1913 everything is changing, and despite their feelings for each other, adulthood has come between them. Their vastly different social positions leads Violet to marry the aloof but socially perfect Maury Rediston.

Jack vows to win Violet back while carving out a new life for himself in the burgeoning motion picture industry. Tip Rediston, Violet’s brother­in­law, also gets drawn into the bohemian world of the flickers. As handsome as he is troubled, Tip starts his climb to stardom despite his family’s disapproval.

But as social changes, political upheaval, and war change the world around them, Violet, Jack, and Tip learn that things are never as easy as they seem on the silver screen. . .

This is a combination of Hollywood type gossip and behind the scenes of the lives of the wealthy and proper families. Taking place in times of great social change and political upheaval, the story centers on a love between mismatched neighbors and best friends, Violet and Jack.

Violet is the dutiful daughter. Her mother is too ill to run the household, so Violet learns at any early age where her responsibilities lie. She knows her place and what is expected of her. 
Jack knows his place, but also feels he can overcome his circumstances. With a bit of luck and the aid of good friends, he builds his future. 

This is a story of following ones heart and taking advantage of opportunity even when it is not supposed to be yours. Staying with your journey no matter how long and difficult.
Besides the main protagonists, the supporting cast of this book are complicated but compelling characters. The history of the movie studio beginnings and the land deal details add to the story depth. Shocking secrets are revealed. I appreciated the theosophy content.

This is not a quick read. 
I was given a copy to review.


Kathryn Jordan learned early to blend her passions for writing, teaching and adventure. She taught at Cairo American College in Egypt, as well as in Spain and the Philippines, thus fulfilling her dream to see the world not as a tourist but a resident.
In Cairo she twice took the speech and debate team to a championship in the Pan Hellenic Forensics League in Greece. Her most recent teaching was at Amistad Continuation High School in Indio, CA where the literary magazine her “at risk” students produced received top awards from the Columbia Scholastic PressAssociation at Columbia University.

Ms. Jordan’s own writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Westways, Palm Springs Life, Ranger Rick, Diver Magazine and a book, A Diver’s Guide To Underwater America.
She holds a Masters degree in English from U.C.L.A. and attended Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley and the Santa Fe Writers’ Conference. She gleans early morning hours for her writing, savoring the quiet time that is all hers.

Kathryn Jordan has long felt that the years she spent in Egypt were the experience of her lifetime and material for the novel she always wanted to write, In The Time of Apricots.



Praise for Kathryn Jordan (writing as Katharine Kerr)

“Kerr’s latest novel, set in her fantasy world of Deverry, weaves together two distinct stories of love and magic in a richly detailed, intricately plotted tale. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal on A Time of Exile 

“No one does real, live, gritty Celtic fantasy better than Katharine Kerr.” —Judith Tarr

“Breakneck plotting, punning, and romance make for a mostly fast, fun read.” —Publishers Weekly on Water to Burn

“The world of Deverry is richly detailed, and Kerr's characters are genuinely appealing.” —Library Journal on A Time of Omens

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Kathryn Jordan learned early to blend her passions for writing, teaching and adventure. She taught at Cairo American College in Egypt, as well as in Spain and the Philippines, thus fulfilling her dream to see the world not as a tourist but a resident. In Cairo she twice took the speech and debate team to a championship in the Pan Hellenic Forensics League in Greece. Her most recent teaching was at Amistad Continuation High School in Indio, CA where the literary magazine her “at risk” students produced received top awards from the Columbia Scholastic PressAssociation at Columbia University. Ms. Jordan’s own writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Westways, Palm Springs Life, Ranger Rick, Diver Magazine and a book, A Diver’s Guide To Underwater America. She holds a Masters degree in English from U.C.L.A. and attended Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley and the Santa Fe Writers’ Conference. She gleans early morning hours for her writing, savoring the quiet time that is all hers. Kathryn Jordan has long felt that the years she spent in Egypt were the experience of her lifetime and material for the novel she always wanted to write, IN THE TIME OF APRICOTS.


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