15 February 2017

The Lost Girl of Astor Stree: Blog Tour & Review

Title: The Lost Girl of Astor Stree
Author: Stephanie Morrill
Publication Date: Feb. 7, 2017
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Other Books by Author: Me, Just Different | The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet | Throwing Stones

Lydia has vanished.

Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.

Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.

Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and three kids. She is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com. To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrill.com.

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I don't normally read books that are labeled "mysteries". This tends to stem from me, generally, preferring to read things that are light and fluffy. Sometimes even predictable.

I decided to give this one a go, though, because something about the synopsis spoke to me. The idea of a young woman who loses her best friend doing all she can to find that friend sounded incredibly interesting.

I am so pleased that I decided to go outside of my box for this one!

The main character, Piper, is incredibly charming and likable. She is by no means a perfect cookie-cutter character--which is half of her charm! For a story that takes place in the twenties, you'd expect a nice, quiet "lady-like" young woman. But, Piper, is a trailblazer and marches to the beat of her own drum.

It's because of this that she decides to cast all opinions aside and help do what she can to find her best friend, Lydia, who has gone missing.

Even the mystery aspect of this story appealed to me. I never felt bored or anxious to just get to the end. And, it was by no means predictable. I had a slight inkling about three-quarters of the way through who may be responsible for Lydia's disappearance. But, I was never sure until the end.

Ms. Morrill did a wonderful job of keeping me intrigued until the last page. And the sprinkling of romance was just enough to complement the story and keep me happy.

I'm not sure if this is going to be a series or not--it certainly could be. But, I would love to read more from Ms. Morrill!

Dream Cast...

Piper: Lily James, who played Lady Rose in Downton Abbey

Mariano: Max Greenfield, who I adored in Veronica Mars.

Lydia: Rose Leslie.

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  1. This one is new to me! I haven't read many books set in the 1920s - that was a time of great change though. That's awesome that the story had you hooked and the romance was intriguing despite being subtle! I'm glad you enjoyed this book, Christine. :D

    Wonderful review! Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I really did love it! And the 20s are a very great time period. :)
      Thanks, Alyssa!

  2. Thank you for featuring The Lost Girl of Astor Street on your blog!