Book Review: The Floating Palace, by JoAnn Carter

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Book Review: The Floating Palace, by JoAnn Carter

by Joanne Troppello


I’m not much of a fan of historical novels, but my journey though The Floating Palace was fun and enjoyable. I loved the spunky character of Ellie and delighted in her own journey with the Ti and Captain Lawhorn. I’m never one to spoil the ending for readers, but I can’t say enough how much you all are going to enjoy this novel.


In the past, I’ve read western romances and gothic novels as well as regencies. However, I’ve never read a book about the roaring twenties. So, I went into this book unsure how I would react.


There even is a glossary of terms from that time period and I was like oh, no, how am I going to remember these words, and will it disturb my reading time. I was pleasantly surprised.


Ms. Carter did her research because from the very first page until the last, you feel as if you are right there with Ellie and Philip and the crew. You are given vivid word pictures of settings from that time period and the tone of this novel flows so smoothly with the time.


Ms. Carter inserted colloquial speech from that time in just the right spots and you didn’t have to turn back to the glossary to refresh yourself on the definition of terms. Her prose just works, effortlessly, and stays with you long after you finish reading.


I give Ms. Carter Five Stars for Outstanding Fiction…definitely a keeper on my bookshelf. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Visit Ms. Carter’s website to find more details on her books.


About the Book


Ellie Dunkling is finally realizing her lifelong dream of working on the Ticongeroga, a steamboat running on Lake Champlain. The one obstacle towards achieving her goal—no one hired women to work on ships. She feels that her dreams are coming true when she is offered the job of stewardess on the Ti. Another obstacle along the way—dealing with Captain Philip Lawhorn…he is not thrilled with the prospect of having a female stewardess aboard his ship. Rather, he thinks it is a recipe for disaster.

About the Reviewer


Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.


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