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All That Glitters by Sherry Ficklin was an enjoyable listen right after I had 3 surgeries on my elbow to repair nerve damage, among other things. I just wanted to relax and forget about my pain and this short story prequel to the upcoming Canary Club series didn't disappoint.
All that Glitters features June West who we were introduced to in The Gilded Cage, which is previous prequel to the Canary Club that was released several months ago. June is an extremely smart flapper dancer who just wants to improve her way of life for herself and her mother. She does so by reinventing herself, not only by changing her name but her "origin" story as well. Just when she thinks she's reached the top of the social ladder with all the fame and spotlight that comes with it (she's currently dating the son of the most powerful gangster in New York and he's talking about making their arrangement more permanent), the truth is revealed about her past before she has a chance to come clean about her past with her soon to be fiancé. The rest of the story is June feeling a bit like Scarlet O'Hara at the end of Gone With Wind, with promises that tomorrow will be another day with a chance to prove her worthiness to the mob boss and his son.
Meghan Kelly was as great as ever narrating this short story. What I love about Meghan is her easy laid back narrations that let a listener get immersed in the story. I never get the feeling that I'm being read to, but rather I'm there listening to an actual conversation between two people.
In summary, I'm extremely anxious for the Canary Club to be released. I'm ready for the wait to be over so I can see what happens to Daisy (from Gilded Cage) and June!
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This is June’s story which is very touching and not the gold digger that the blur makes her sound. She does have a very big secret that could not only destroy her life but the love that she has with the man she loves. Dutch is still the hateful man he has always been and if he finds out what she is hiding it might be bye bye for his son if Dutch gets to him first.
Ms. Kelly does an outstanding job with the narration in this story. She gives you a smooth clean and clear audio that pulls you in as she painting a picture you have no trouble picturing the hurt, anger and sorrow. I really enjoyed her character voices, you have no trouble knowing who is talking and what they are feeling. The confusing and excitement along with the anger comes through very clear. Her tones are even, there was no background noise or any places where the volume changed it one steady listen. Her male voices are just as good as her female ones. I had no trouble picturing and feeling June’s anger, hurt, sorrow as all she wants is being taken away along with the excitement as they play out and the disappointment when they don’t always turn out as June wants.
I was hoping to learn more about Masie and her mother but you only see her for a short time and nothing about the mother she so loves. Masie’s brother JD has been and still is a sweet heart but that could change with the flick of a tongue giving away things that are hidden. June’s whole life is built on lies and when the truth comes out it will change her life forever. Does she tell or keep things to herself?
I thought the author would go one way but she took the story down a different route which was very entertaining. I am disappointed I thought this book would pick up where the last one left off but we are still hanging on what happens to Masie and her love. I really felt sorry for June’s family even though she learned this practice from a very young age it still could not have been easy for them. If I say anymore it will give the story away. It was a good read/listen it was nice to get to know June and JD better but again you are left with tons of question and no answers. Maybe the author will bring it all in focus giving us the whole story and an ending that has closure. I was disappointed but keeping an open mind until I see where the next book takes us.
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