Thursday, May 17, 2012



I had the privilege of reading this great book a while back and fell in love with it. Bear in mind that I love Jazz and am very interested in the time period this story takes place in. However, the tale is told so well, coming across as a most believable story. In fact, the reality factor is such that one might think it is autobiographical. However, Samantha is a young lady and dug this tale out from where the great writing comes: the soul.

And now, it is here! For only .99cents, you can fall in love with Samantha's writing the way I did.

This is a dark book, one that has no monsters hiding behind trees or waiting to swoop down on you from the skies above. The horror here is the worst kind: horror within the soul.

Below is a book description and a review I took from Amazon.

Set against the jazz -ridden backdrop of the 1920’s, amidst the underground world of New York City burlesque, young Nadine Frost is a dancer and free spirit who thrives at the side of her club-owner boyfriend. With the sudden and debilitating crash of the stock market in 1929, and the brutal murder of her lover and manager, Nadine is forced to travel to New Orleans where she becomes “Miss Naddy”, prostitute and mistress of the old French Quarter. In the throes of The Great Depression, Nadine finds herself in a world of boot-leg liquor, sex, murder, and betrayal. With the company of the other “Showgirls,” four women with their own haunted pasts, Nadine must forge a new life in the brothel on Royal Street. Amery House is the story of five women, prostitutes and performers, who yearn to escape the dark, underground world of the sex trade. From New York City to New Orleans, this haunting tale asks how far you have to go to outrun the ghosts of your past.

 Four Stars!

Good read May 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Amery House by Samantha J. Moore is a story of five women who were forced into a life of prostitution for various reasons in the beginning of the 1930's. They find themselves living in a brothel in the French Quarter in New Orleans, and it is in this insular location where most of the novella takes place. Being from New Orleans, I am always both hesitant and curious to see stories set here, but Moore was able to weave a believable story. I could easily picture the house she described and the corrupt cops and gangsters of the time period.

These are interesting characters and Moore makes a point to tell the story of each one, and to emphasize their humanity and their will to live no matter what the costs. Amery House explores the various cruelties that can be committed against people, and what they do in response. This is not a happy redemptive tale, and I think it is stronger because of it. Overall, it was an interesting quick read. 
 Read this great book! Feel the horrors hidden within! 


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