Book Review: Empire Girls

Available on May 27th Empire Girls

Meet Rose and Ivy Adams, two country girls in New York City on a quest.  When the death of their father comes with news of an elder brother who is to inherit, two sisters who never see eye-to-eye must put aside their differences in order to secure their future.

***2.5/5 stars

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re the 1920s Jazz and Speakeasy sort..
  • If you like to read about sisters…
  • and if you like to hear a story from more than one point of view, this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 2/5 for plot
  • 2.5/5 overall


Told in the alternating points of view of the elder, domestic Rose and and free spirited Ivy, Empire Girls is the charming story of two sisters searching for their elder brother.  Their search brings them both to Empire House, a tenement in New York City , and then separately on their own journeys to self-discovery, as the city brings with it new challenges, opportunities, and sins.

Coming to this novel without reading the critically acclaimed debut, I’ll Be Seeing You, I found the dual points of view somewhat distracting.  Though I often had to look back to remind myself who was speaking, I found myself charmed and rooting for Rose and Ivy, both separately and together.  A fun, engaging read.



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