Set in Southampton in the 1920s, Tilly Thompson is a lively nineteen year old from a working class family who longs for a bit of excitement and adventure in her life. Tilly thinks she may have found it when she meets handsome Eddie Chapman owner of the Blue Pelican club, he offers to take her places and although he has a reputation Tilly is soon drawn in by his charm and charisma.
David Strickland is Tilly’s friend. He is an engineer officer on the Aquitania, and he is fond of Tilly and wants to be with her. He feels he has lost his chance when she gets involved with Eddie. However, when Tilly finds herself in too deep, she becomes involved in Eddie’s world where crime and violence are common place. Tilly must decide if she is willing to become the Talk of the Town.
This is a book that is packed with drama and there is so much going on that you cannot help but read on and on and on to find out what happens. There is never a dull moment in this book. The cast of characters are all interesting and the storyline is put together perfectly, to give us readers an amazing read. There is also a nice interview with author June Tate, some interesting facts from the 1920s, and much more at the back of the book. This book is going in my top ten reads.