Scandal transcends time in the Big Easy
Feisty reporter Corlis McCullough isn’t afraid to push boundaries in the name of journalistic integrity. When passion for the truth lands her in New Orleans in need of a job, an assignment at a TV station pits her against her old college nemesis, King Duvallon.
The sultry streets of the French Quarter, the glamorous Garden District, derelict riverfront cotton warehouses, and gritty back alleys come alive as the reporter’s story inexplicably slips between the nineteenth century and today. A long-forgotten drama of blackmail, swindles, and a love affair that is still changing lives leaves Corlis and King wondering if their burgeoning, unholy attraction will render them pawns in a matrix of mystery and deceit.
Midnight on Julia Street by Ciji Ware is an exhilarating historical romance novel set in New Orleans and split between two eras with one dating to the 1830s where to the present day, an unsolved mystery has captured the attention of Corlis McCullough, a television reporter for WWEZ who seeks information on city buildings of historical significance that are being targeted for demolition. Encountering King Duvallon, an adversary from her college years, brings Corlis into a part of New Orleans society with which she was unaware. Readers will be entertained with Corlis’ investigations and intrigued by her ability to sense things from the past. It is here where Ware brings full circle the swindling and corruption of the past with their manifestations of today in New Orleans. Of course the romantic tensions are there between Corlis and King and while I did not fully buy into the supernatural aspect of Ware’s tale, I did find it exciting at times, and her characters as well as the fell for New Orleans are brought to life through her gift for descriptive prose. I think historical romance fans will enjoy Midnight on Julia Street, but for me, the unrealistic aspects took away from the realism I most often enjoy in Ciji Ware’s historical fiction books.
To learn more about Ciji Ware and her books please visit her website at: cijiware.com
I received a complimentary ARC of Midnight on Julia Street by Ciji Ware from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.