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A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by [Lester, Natasha]
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If you loved THE PARIS WIFE and Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, you will devour this deliciously evocative love story of a small-town girl with big ambitions in 1920s New York

Selected by Dymocks as one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2016

It's the roaring twenties in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity. Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so for Evelyn Lockhart, who is forbidden from pursuing her passion to become one of the first female doctors. Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on her family: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.

In a desperate attempt to support herself through Columbia University's medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman - a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous . . .

Captivating, romantic and tragic, A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD follows a young woman ahead of her time amid the fragile hearts and glamour of Jazz Age New York.

**INCLUDES BONUS SNEAK PEEK CHAPTER OF NATASHA LESTER'S 'HER MOTHER'S SECRET'**

'If you're mad about the roaring twenties and love all things Gatsby, this romance will have you enchanted.' WOMAN'S DAY

'I loved this book.' Rachael Johns, bestselling author of THE PATTERSON GIRLS

'Stunning . . . Will have you captivated . . . Evie's story is one you won't forget.' Liz Byrski, bestselling author

'At the novel's heart is the sparkling Evie, an endearing combination of intelligence, determination and naivety.' West Australian

'I'm calling it, Natasha Lester is our generation's Louisa May Alcott.' Tess Woods, award-winning author of LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT

'Remarkable, intelligent and heartfelt . . . one of the best Australian fiction releases of the year.' J. F. Gibson

'I absolutely adored Natasha Lester's book! What a GEM!' Sara Foster, bestselling author

'A thoughtful and engaging read, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald explores the true meaning of sacrifice and the importance of maintaining one's integrity in the face of adversity.' Books+Publishing

'A daring, captivating and tragic story told with charm, wit and more than a touch of Fitzgerald glamour.' MiNDFOOD

'The stand-out novel of 2016.' AusRom Today

'Wonderful. I love this author. You will not be disappointed.' SALLY HEPWORTH

'Exquisite!' Vanessa Carnevale, author and blogger

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1900 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (26 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0166ZKM3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Warning - don't read this during the week if you have to go to work the next day - you won't be able to put it down. A real page-turner and a must find out what happens next. Fashion, history, a feisty, determined girl and a window into how hard it was to break into the male world of medicine. I hope to read more of Evie and her adventures and challenges.
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This book really gives a true vibe of the times of the 1920, story line is stronger and leaves no blanks. I could read more, very captivating. Can't wait to read more from Natasha, I couldn't put it down
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I’m not a fan of historical fiction OR romance so I started this book with some reticence - figuring I might as well give it a try.

And I kept reading and reading because I LOVED it!

It's the first book I've read by Lester and she scored on all fronts. The characters were great; it was eloquently written (so effortless reading); and the plot itself addictive.

It wasn't the dreary historical piece I was dreading and nor was it some Barbara Taylor Bradford-like saga sweeping several generations.

Much of the novel was focused around the role of women and the plight 'modern' women faced. I know we gals still have cause for complaint every now and again but this book offers a reminder of how far we've come.

Lester undertook a significant amount of research to write this novel and some of the barbaric medical practices of the time are horrific. In fact, one of the things that continues to motivate Evie is the way women in labour and mothers are treated by male doctors.

Read the full review on my blog: [...]
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A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald is the third book by Australian author, Natasha Lester. Evelyn Lockhart has finished college. Well, as much college as her parents believe appropriate for a woman, as much college as her father is willing to fund. After all, it’s 1922, and Evie’s ambition should be to find a husband, be a good wife and bear him children.

It has been assumed, since they were both little, that Evie will marry Charlie Whitman, heir to the Whitman banking empire, so literature and embroidery should suffice. But Evie has other ideas: she wants to do more, to be useful in more ways than just running a household. She has been to some science lectures at Radcliffe, and then a traumatic incident gives her restlessness a purpose: she will become an obstetrician.

This is, of course, impossible. A female doctor? Let alone a female obstetrician! Her parents, her sister, even Charlie try to make her accept the foolishness of her plan. Evie, however, is determined, and there are a few people who not only admire her ambition, but believe she has the requisite fortitude and persistence. Charlie’s older brother, Tommy directs her to a tutor, and his mother offers support whenever she can.

Lester’s story traces the difficult and challenging path that Evie follows to fulfil her dream. Her obstacles were manifold: she had to support herself and cover her college fees by working, despite her lack of qualifications; her job, of necessity, had to be at night so she could attend daytime classes; her teachers and colleagues denied her the chance at hands-on work; her patients were often mistrustful; and not least, she was a woman!
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This was excellent, but not what I expected. First, for some reason I wasn't expecting what was essentially, a love story. Second, it was far more graphic than I'd anticipated in terms of the obstetric discussions.
I haven't read Natasha Lester before, but I had heard a lot of the hype when this book came out and I have a lot of friends who read it and loved it.
I can definitely see why it was a hit.
The writing style is very approachable. The research to me felt impeccable. It got all the feels from me, tears in parts due to the hardship of birthing mothers in the 1920s/30s and the actions Evie has to take. I'm so very ignorant of what life was like for women in those days, and how few choices were open to women at all.
Thank goodness I am not a child of those times. I cannot sew a button. I can't knit. I can't cook. I can't deliver babies either. I've no real idea what I would have become.
The burning ambition of Evie is remarkable and I was cheering for her all the way.
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By Renee TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 June 2016
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It's been weeks since I finished this and I still can't find all the words.

I'd been waiting for this book to come out since the middle of last year, since I discovered the inspirational Natasha Lester's blog and maybe, perhaps, began to slightly stalk her online ... Natasha has heaps of writing advice to share and I couldn't wait to see how she applied it all in her historical fiction novel.

Wow.

Natasha's writing is a bridge between literary and commercial fiction. There is romance, mystery, medical drama, historical fiction, costumes, dancing, parties, study, life and death. Natasha paints such a vivid picture of life in New York during the 1920's. I felt like I was there, walking alongside Evie, sipping champagne during the prohibition and occasionally breaking into the charleston. I loved Evie's spunk and determination. Even though Evie has blond hair, the girl on the cover captures her essence perfectly (and the cover is so pretty).

This book is the bee's knees, the cat's pyjamas and the bandicoot's bellybutton! It's a book I found myself live tweeting as I was reading (that's the polite way to say twitter stalking).

I listened to the audiobook edition. The narrator was fabulous. Kelly Burke spoke clearly and at a good pace, bringing each character to life.
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