Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Charleston Scandal by Pamela Hart. (2020).

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The Charleston Scandal by Pamela Hart. (2020).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

1920s, London. Kit, a privileged young Australian aiming to be a star, arrives in the city to be quickly cast in a West End play opposite another young hopeful, Canadian Zeke. She dances into the heady lifestyle of English high society and the London theatre set. When Kit is photographed dancing the Charleston alongside the Prince of Wales, she finds herself at the centre of a major scandal, sending the Palace into damage control and Kit into the arms of the hedonistic Lord Henry. Amid the excess of the Roaring Twenties, both Zeke and Kit are faced with temptations – and make choices that will alter the course of their lives forever.

I did enjoy this one. But I found Kit to be a bit irritating at times in that it felt like she wanted everything: she wanted the theatre life, but she also wanted the high society life and unfortunately at that time it wasn’t really possible to have both; she also didn’t really want to commit to Zeke or Henry but it felt like she wanted them to love her anyway. Aside from that, I found it an easy and pleasurable read. I feel there was quite a few cameos from real people but the only ones I really recognised were Fred and Adele Astaire who I thought were a great addition to the cast of characters. Of course I then ended up in a Wikipedia dark hole from looking up various characters from the book haha; I do appreciate a novel that can also guide me to learn about real history.
Overall: a historical fiction that will have you hoping for Kit to get exactly what she wants in life (when she works out what that is!).

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