Monday, July 27, 2015

Newport Blog Tour and Review

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Newport by Jill Morrow
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 7, 2015)
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours for an honest review

In a glamorous Newport mansion filled with secrets, a debonair lawyer must separate truth from deception. . . .

Spring 1921. The Great War is over, Prohibition is in full swing, the Great Depression is still years away. Wealthy families flock to the glittering "summer cottages" they built in Newport, Rhode Island.

Having sheltered in Newport during his misspent youth, attorney Adrian de la Noye is no stranger to the city. Though he'd prefer to forget the place, he returns to revise the will of a well-heeled client. Bennett Chapman's offspring have the usual concerns about their father's much-younger fiancée. But when they learn of the old widower's firm belief that his late first wife, who "communicates" via séance, has chosen the stunning Catharine Walsh for him, they're shocked. And for Adrian, encountering Catharine in the last place he saw her decades ago proves to be a far greater surprise.

Adrian is here to handle a will, and he intends to do so—just as soon as he unearths every last secret about the Chapmans, Catharine Walsh . . . and his own very fraught history.

Vividly bringing to life the glitzy era of the 1920s, Newport is a skillful alchemy of social satire, dark humor, and finely drawn characters.

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My Take:

Newport by Jill Morrow was such a pleasant surprise --- I loved the description of the book and the time period in which it takes place -- but I had no idea it would be so much fun! I read the book in a single day - and it was a day very well spent.

Newport is definitely one of those books that I don't want to give very much away because the discovery and the reveal are so much fun and I'd hate to ruin the fun for other readers. There is so much to like about Newport - there is a bit of paranormal activity - including some seances, there are a few mysteries to be unraveled, and some misspent youth type flashbacks just to name a few things. 

I really enjoyed the attention to the huge disparity between the very rich and those people who work for them.Without giving too much away, there is a great aspect to the story that deals with this issue and how it has long lasting repercussions on peoples' lives. 

I really liked Adrian and Jim and their friendship and working relationship. I was actually very curious to learn more about both of these men. I wasn't sure how I felt about Catherine through most of the book, but towards the end, I had a much better sense of what type of person she was. I won't spoil it though. I loved the ending of the book, but I do hope there will be more about these characters.

All I can say is: "Read Newport." I really enjoyed this book and will be strongly recommending it to my friends. I am hoping that Jill Morrow will write about the further adventures of Jim, Adrian and Catherine -- or more about their pasts. Either way, I would totally read it. 

Jill MorrowAbout Jill Morrow

Jill Morrow has enjoyed a wide spectrum of careers, from practicing law to singing with local bands. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Towson University and a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She lives in Baltimore.

Find out more about Jill at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Jill’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, July 7th: BookNAround
Wednesday, July 8th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, July 10th: West Metro Mommy
Monday, July 13th: The many thoughts of a reader
Tuesday, July 14th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 15th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, July 16th: Walking With Nora
Friday, July 17th: View from the Birdhouse
Saturday, July 18th: Luxury Reading
Monday, July 20th: The Book Binder’s Daughter
Tuesday, July 21st: Raven Haired Girl
Thursday, July 23rd: FictionZeal
Friday, July 24th: Staircase Wit
Monday, July 27th: A Book Geek


  1. Looks like a book that I'll want to read. Love historical mysteries and this setting is fascinating.

  2. I really enjoyed this book as well. After I was done, I loaned it to my mother and she just plowed through it! It is definitely a title I would recommend!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! It is always a treat when a book surprises me in such a pleasant way like this one did for you.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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