The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom + Giveaway

Title:  The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom
Author: Alison Love
Publisher:  Broadway Books, Imprint of Crown Publishing
Release Date:  April 19, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction


The first meeting between Antonio and Olivia at the Paradise Ballroom is brief, but electric.

Years later, on the dawn of World War II, when struggling Italian singer Antonio meets the wife of his wealthy new patron, he recognizes her instantly: it is Olivia, the captivating dance hostess he once encountered in the seedy Paradise Ballroom. Olivia fears Antonio will betray the secrets of her past, but little by little they are drawn together, outsiders in a glittering world to which they do not belong. At last, with conflict looming across Europe, the attraction between them becomes impossible to resist--but when Italy declares war on England, the impact threatens to separate them forever.

The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is a story of forbidden love and family loyalties amid the most devastating war in human history.



First off, the cover of The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom by Alison Love caught my eye. It has a little of mystique mixed with the essence of Broadway musicals. (Coincidentally, it's published by Broadway Books - maybe not so much a coincident?) The lighting and the warplanes in the background sets the tone of the book.

UK Cover
The premise of the story is strong, focusing on the Italian immigrants in England viewpoint during the early stages of World War II, when Italy and Mussolini are threatening to declare war.  The tension and discrimination felt by these immigrants was something I've not read in the past. The historical references of this novel plays such a compelling backdrop to this "epic" love story between Antonio and Olivia. However, their start was not as "electrifying" as I had imagined it would be.  What transpired didn't seem to warrant such a term, yet their meeting and their eventual love can be puzzling at time and at others, telling. Though I don't find their love epic, it leads way to understanding how people perceive during times of war and change.  In truth, I was more interested in Antonio's sister, Filomena and Constable Stan Harker's development.  The story has a "black & white" classic film noir feel to it, even when reading, which makes the cover an excellent choice.

If you're a fan of WWII novels or historical novels, The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom will give you a glimpse of the war from several points of views, along with a little romance. If you're mainly looking for a romantic novel, this may not be what you expect.  Either way, enter below for your chance to win a copy and see for yourself.

For my readers who prefer a clean read, please be advise that there are some intimate scenes & slight profanity. 

NOTE:  I received a copy of this book through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





ALISON LOVE's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and in 2013 her story Sophie Stops the Clock was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. Alison has worked in the theater, television, and public relations. The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is her American fiction debut.

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  1. Good review thank you! I have seen it around and have been wondering about it. May or may not read, I am pretty partial to clean reads. ;-)

  2. Very interested in reading this as I'm really into WW2 history and historical fiction. Blog @

  3. I love historical novels and this one sounds really good. Thanks for the review and for letting me know about this book.

  4. Thanks ladies for stopping by.

    RACHEL, I know what you mean. Sometimes you don't expect it and when it's done seamlessly and lyrically, it doesn't bother me as much. =)

  5. Alison, congratulations on your release! This book sounds wonderful. Annie, thank you for your review!

  6. This sounds good and thank you for the giveaway!

  7. So glad to see this featured here, Annie. Excellent review. This sounds so exciting and I love reading ww ii books.

  8. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

  9. This sounds like a book that I'd really enjoy.

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