Review: Red Letter Days
Title: Red Letter Days
Author: Sarah-Jane Stratford
Release Date: 2/25/20
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: Nineteen-fifties America is bright and full of promise, and Phoebe Adler, a New Yorker brimming with talent and ambition, is forging her way as the rarest of things: a female television writer in Hollywood. But fears of a growing Red Menace cloud the optimism, egged on by the hate-mongering of Senator McCarthy. A blacklist is created to cast out communist sympathizers, smashing careers and ruining lives. When Phoebe finds herself caught in the hysteria’s web, she flees to London.Though postwar London is struggling and work is precarious, Phoebe finds camaraderie with other Americans living in exile, including the restless and ambitious Hannah Wolfson. Determined to fight the injustices of the Red Scare, Hannah is a successful producer who hires blacklisted writers at great risk to her career and company.Together Phoebe and Hannah successfully fight unfair bias and sexism, but danger still looms in this supposed sanctuary. And when their families and friends—their very lives—are threatened, they will have to make impossible choices.
My Review: This was a great example of historical that is accessible. The writing was very well done and the story was an interesting one. Stratford is able to weave the history of the time into an enjoyable story that allows readers to enjoy a story and learn at the same time. I felt that the characters were very well done and easy to connect to. I loved the way the setting came to life in the story. I definitely recommend this book for fans of historical fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*