Tuesday, December 10, 2019

ABOVE THE FOLD by Rachel Scott McDaniel, Reviewed by Nicole Cook and Paula Shreckhise

“Truth is, the only woman I ever called sweetheart…was you.”

With sizzling chemistry and an intriguing murder mystery, Rachel Scott McDaniel thoroughly captures the essence of the Roaring Twenties in her debut novel, Above the Fold. She brings to life the culture of Pittsburgh when prohibition was the law and speakeasies were popular. When two tenacious journalists with a shared past are competing for the right to have their newspaper article placed above the fold, sparks are bound to fly.

Rachel Scott McDaniel knocks it out of the ballpark with her debut novel. My favorite parts of the novel are the interactions and witty banter between Cole and Elissa. Above the Fold is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, and I am looking forward to Rachel Scott McDaniel’s next novel. 
*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. 

Above The Fold is a thoroughly enjoyable, well written debut novel by Rachel Scott McDaniel.

It is set in the roaring twenties and women have recently won the right to vote. Now Lissa Tillman has her sights set on comparable jobs and pay for women. She is an accomplished journalist and wants her by-line above the fold in her father’s newspaper.

This story has a no-nonsense heroine, a humble hero, Cole Parker, and a newspaper trying to stay afloat. It is during prohibition and the Pittsburgh Review under Lissa’s father needs some real news to break. Mr. Tillman issues a competition challenge to Lissa and Cole. Can each come up with a great story before the paper goes under?

There were a few things that I didn’t see coming but a really well conceived plot twist was just perfect. The treats are in the little details such as a dog named Darcy, a pen name of Elliot Wentworth and a typewriter named Jane! I wonder who is an Austen fan?

The Tillman family spiritual roots shine through and the turn around by the hero is well presented. The hero and heroine had their understandable ups and downs with touching scenes.

It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel. It is polished, has great historical details, unforgettable characters and a fresh plot.
*I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

Back Cover Blurb:
After losing the love of her life to a big city journalism job, Elissa Tillman pours herself into the suffragette movement and her secretarial work helping keep her father’s Pittsburgh newspaper afloat.

Cole Parker returns to the steel city with the phantom failures of his past nipping his heels. All he asks of the future is a second chance with the woman he once spurned.

The murder of a millionaire offers the perfect chance for Elissa to prove to her father and the world that she’s a serious journalist. But there’s a catch—she has to compete for the story. Against none other than Cole Parker, the very man who shattered her heart.

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  1. Thanks so much, ladies! I have to admit that even the setting of Pittsburgh is a big draw for me. A great city!

  2. Thank you, ladies, for these lovely words!! I am doubly blessed ❤️


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