If I had read reviews before purchasing this online at 3am I would have never done so. I don't care for romance novels, which it appears is this author's stock and trade. But I will have to give her at least one more try.
I moved to the Greater New York area upon graduation during the early '70's and married into an off the boat Italian family that, while not in the LCN, had some level of association with some of them.
After reading this book and thinking about the stories revealed over years, both by my father-in-law and my wife, I have pause to thank my lucky stars. Despite my business and finance degree I would have never been good enough had several decisions been different.
It is amazing to me that a romance novelist could get the character of people in this era, in this local and with these associations so close to what I believe is accurate. She must have done a lot of research and have an incredible feel for the human psyche.
While my father-in-law was not a high finace businessman like Oren, his devotion to family, wife, work ethic and self sacrifice was comparable (without the occasional fling) and similarly unappreciated by many of the beneficiaries of it. Yet he continued his self sacrifice to his dying day. I greatly admired the man.
Family dynamics were so on target. From the volatile bouncing from arguments to making up, to the difference between how boys and girls were treated. These things were, if anything, understated.
I never thought I would read anything that came as close to those people, in that time, as The Godfather. But Aleatha Romig has done it, in my opinion.
So I will have to do some careful reading of reviews, hoping to find more of her works that, for me, hit it out of the ball park.