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Book Review: A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald

A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald

A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald
: Natasha Lester
Published: 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Pages: 383 (approx)
My Rating: 5/5

“Given that I posses one, I think I have a more intimate knowledge of the vagina than any man could ever lay claim to. That should make me well qualified to be an obstetrician,” Evie said.


I’m so very excited to be reviewing this book. Australian author Natasha Lester, is releasing her much anticipated novel this month – ‘A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald’.

Natasha is one of the authors to whom I look up to.  So generous with her knowledge and support of aspiring authors, she has been both an inspiration and mentor to me during my own short journey so far. And if you haven’t checked out her blog, I encourage you to do so.

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance reading copy from Natasha back in December and I devoured the book in only a couple of days. And believe me, if life didn’t need attending to, it would have been one sitting!

A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald tells the story of Evie Lockhart. Set in the 1920s with New York City’s glamorous jazz age as the backdrop, Evie is on a one woman quest to become a doctor – something that is unheard of for a woman in those days, and certainly frowned upon by all, most of all her own family.

It is a story of strength, determination, romance, and conflict told through a stunning, realistic narrative.

Natasha’s gift lies in transporting the reader back in time, so much so that each and every character felt real, and at times, I felt like Evie myself. Feeling her every emotion, her struggle and her sheer doggedness to succeed against all odds.

The setting was a beautifully woven backdrop of colour enhancing every scene whether it be at the Sloane Hospital for Women, the lavish Whitman’s residence, a hidden speakeasy or the infamous Ziegfeld Follies.

I must say that it’s only recently that I’ve become a fan of historical fiction. Some books can be laden with too much history, however when done well, it can be magnetising. And Natasha certainly has the knack of perfectly balancing story, character and history.

I fell head over heels for this book that stirred so many emotions and demanded my attention from the get go. And I have no doubt it will be on the bestseller lists before long.

If you long to be carried away by characters to another time, pulled by emotion and captivated by a beautiful narrative, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald ticks every box.

You can pre-purchase your copy from Booktopia now.

And a special pre-release offer, Natasha has written a prequel that she is offering for free! “A Beautiful Dare” downloaded from Natasha’s website here:

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