Reviewed by Dennis
TITLE: Night and Day
AUTHOR: Rowan Speedwell
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 52 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 9, 2016
Nate Pederowski is about as far down as he can go when he’s tipped to a job as a singer in a speakeasy. Dishonorably discharged for being queer, broke and homeless during the Great Depression, Nate is embittered and lonely. The club’s handsome owner, Rick Bellevue, and his sister Corinna are wowed by Nate’s voice and offer him the job.
But the Starlight Lounge is much more than an ordinary supper club, and Rick and his sister much more than just the owners. It’s not ’til Nate gets caught up in a gangster’s plot that he discovers just what secrets they’re hiding. Nate’s life is going to change in ways he can scarcely imagine, let alone believe.
Nate is hard on his luck and is sent by his agent to the Starlight Lounge to be their new crooner. He’s not really sure of himself until he opens his mouth and sings with his whole heart and soul. When he sees one of the owners Rick, he is immediately attracted to him but believes that he is not someone who he can ever grasp. As the days go by and Nate starts to learn more about the Starlight Lounge he finds out it’s not your typical speakeasy, it has some secrets.
This is my first time reading Rowan Speedwell’s writing and would have to say I enjoyed it. Night and Day was interesting and it didn’t feel forced. My only issue with it was I got confused at times trying to figure who was telling the story. I wasn’t sure if it was being told from the point of view of Nate himself or if we, as the reader were to be placed in the shoes of Nate. Other than that, the story I feel was well executed and I hope that there is more to come.