“Would [he] go to this much trouble if you were losing?” ~Lucky Strikes
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard: 4/5 Stars
Set in Depression-era Virginia, Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard is the story of orphaned Amelia and her struggle to keep her siblings together. With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, fourteen-year-old Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister, and of the family gas station. Harley Blevins, local king and emperor of Standard Oil, is in hot pursuit to clinch his fuel monopoly. To keep him at bay and her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father, and fast. And so when a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she hold off the hounds till she comes of age?
This book was very different from my usual read and I liked that. I read the synopsis a while ago so I forgot what this book was about when I started reading it and I forgot that it was set in a different time period, so that was a pleasant surprise. I won’t include any spoilers in this review just to keep it short and simple. I try to make my reviews pretty balanced when it comes to spoiler reviews and non-spoiler reviews. I decided to keep this one spoiler free and just talk about what I thought of this book.
Since I’ve already mentioned the setting I might as well talk about it first. I really liked the setting because most books I read are set in a modern time or the future, so it was pretty cool to read a book that wasn’t set in an older time period. I thought the setting really just worked so well with everything the author wrote. The author did an amazing job writing this book and I will definitely read more of his books. It was also nice to read a book that wasn’t part of a series for once haha.
I really just liked the story this book told. I found it very interesting and it kept my attention throughout the whole novel. I would say the story was a little predictable, but not completely so it still had some things I wasn’t expecting. I also found the story to be a little mysterious at parts and that made me pretty happy, because I like books that keep me wondering and guessing.
The characters definitely made this book a four-star read for me. Amelia, one of the main characters, was my favorite. She was a tough girl who would do whatever she needed in order to keep her sister and her brother safe. I fell in love with her character and how she was portrayed. She was such a strong and amazing character and she had some flaws that she would later realize as the novel went on. Another character I liked was Hiram. Hiram was a character who helped Amelia realize some of her flaws and I just liked seeing both Hiram and Amelia develop together. Hiram was very mysterious and I was just drawn to his character. Throughout the whole book I was wondering if he could be trusted or not and I know Amelia was the same way, so I found the way the author wrote and developed his characters was just so beautifully done. I found it very intriguing and interesting as I read the book.
This book had some unexpected twists and turns and I thought that made the story even better. I thought this was just such an amazing book that should be talked about more. Overall I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to change-up their reading style or anyone who needs a break from series haha. It’s such a good book and even though I don’t think it quite reached five-stars for me I definitely liked this book.
I know this is a really short review, but I hope y’all liked it anyway and maybe I introduced you to a new book you might like. This review would’ve been longer if I included spoilers, but that’s okay haha. Have a great day everyone! 🙂