Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test. With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
I’m having so much reading books that had been on my TBR for years!
This week it was Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys and I absolutely loved this sweet and unforgettable story. This is a book that could’ve been a tough read because of the subject matter but I actually found it quite funny at times. And undoubtedly, the best word to describe Out of the Easy is “charming”. I was so captivated by the characters and the setting that I didn’t want it to end.
Josie was a lovely character to read about and the supporting characters were also incredible. Also, I don’t remember reading a better first paragraph in a long time. I was instantly hooked.
My mother’s a prostitute. Not the filthy, streetwalking kind. She’s actually quite pretty, fairly well spoken, and has lovely clothes. But she sleeps with men for money or gifts, and according to the dictionary, that makes her a prostitute.
Overall, this was such an entertaining book… okay, so maybe it’s not full of action and keep in mind that the story isn’t original by any means, but Ruta Sepetys’ writing was one of the best I’ve come across lately. Of course, I immediately added her other two novels to my list.