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Author Override: Jamie Brenner

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Love and All That Jazz:
The Great Romances of the 1920s

by Jamie Brenner

If there was any era when American women were more fabulous than the women of the 1920s, I can’t imagine it. After reading the nonfiction book Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz, I was inspired to write my first historical novel, The Gin Lovers, set in 1925 Manhattan. The 1920s —  the dawn of the flapper era, the onset of Prohibition, and the rise of jazz — was  arguably the most dramatic decade in American history. It didn’t take me long to come to the conclusion that it was also the most romantic. I was struck by how many couples of the time still influence us today – in films, in movies, in music. Here is a look at five of the most fascinating couples of the 1920s:

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre

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The golden couple of the 1920s (or in today’s parlance, the Brangelina of their time) F. Scott (author of The Great Gatsby) and Zelda married on April 3, 1920.  He called her the “first American flapper,” and their life was regarded as the ultimate in glamour. In reality, their relationship was marred by alcoholism, infidelity, and mental illness. But for a shining moment, theirs was a relationship dreams (and bestsellers) were made of.

Related reading: Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford

Margaret Mitchell  and John Marsh

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The author of Gone With the Wind  married newspaper editor John Marsh, on July 4, 1925; Marsh had been best man at her first wedding with “Red” Upshaw and legend has it that both men courted Mitchell in 1921 and 1922, but Upshaw proposed first. She shocked Atlanta society by keeping her own name. (Bringing to mind her novel’s famous line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”)

Related reading: Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With the Wind  by Marianne Walker

Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson

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Hadley Richardson married Ernest Hemingway in 1921 after a courtship of less than a year.They moved to Paris, joining a notorious crowd of expats that included James Joyce, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein. Ernest and Hadley’s and their tumutlous  relationship most recently celebrated in the bestselling novel The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Hemingway cheated on her and they divorced in 1926 around the time he was writing The Sun Also Rises. While the marriage didn’t have longevity, it had tons of glamour and literary street cred.

Related reading: Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife by Gioia Diliberto

Irving Berlin and Ellin Mackay

When Irving Berlin, one of the all-time greatest song writers (“White Christmas” “God Bless America”)  married Ellin Mackay, the Comstock Lode heiress, the bride`s father wrote her out of his will for marrying a Jew. Berlin then assigned the copyright of his popular song, “Always”, to her. The royalties of that song alone made loss of her inheritance not much of a loss after all.  Talk about a love song!

Related reading: Irving Berlin: A Daughter’s Memoir by Mary Ellin Barrett

Prince Albert, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

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Kate Middleton and Prince William have nothing on this couple: Most recently spotlighted in the movie The King’s Speech, this royal romance started in 1920, when Prince Albert became re-aquainted with childhood friend Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. He was determined to marry her, but she rejected his proposal twice —  reportedly because she didn’t want to deal with the baggage of becoming a member of the royal family.  Finally, after three years, true love prevailed, and they were married on 26 April 1923 in Westminster Abbey.  Albert’s marriage to a British commoner was considered a step towards modernization. Lady Elizabeth became “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York” after their marriage, and when his brotherfamously abdicated the throne to be with the divorcee  Wallis Simpson, Albert became King Georgie VI. A true happily ever after…

Related reading: The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell

These are just a few of the many famous – and infamous – love affairs of the 1920s.  My fictional take on life and love in the roaring twenties, The Gin Lovers, publishes in paperback just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Set against the turbulent and glamorous backdrop of Prohibition and the rise of the jazz age, The Gin Lovers was first published as a six-part e-serial. Now this sensual and romantic story of how one high society woman’s passion and courage lead her to love is available for the first time ever as a complete book.

It’s 1925, and the Victorian era with its confining morals is all but dead. Unfortunately, for New York socialite Charlotte Delacorte, the scandalous flapper revolution is little more than a headline in the tabloids. Living with her rigid and controlling husband William, her Fifth Avenue townhouse is a gilded cage. But when William’s rebellious younger sister, the beautiful and brash Mae, comes to live with them after the death of their mother, Charlotte finds entrée to a world beyond her wildest dreams – and a handsome and mysterious stranger whom she imagines is as confident in the bedroom as he is behind the bar of his forbidden speakeasy.

Under the Covers reviewed this book when it was released as a serial, check out all our reviews here

Buy Now: Amazon

 

About the Author

Jamie Brenner grew up in Main Line Philadelphia on a steady diet of Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, and Aaron Spelling. Her latest novel, The Gin Lovers (St. Martin’s Press), will be out in paperback on February 12. Jamie writes erotic romance under the name Logan Belle, including the trilogy Blue Angel (Kensington), Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian (Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster), and the upcoming Miss Chatterley. Jamie lives in New York City. For more, please visit www.jamiebrenner.com or follow her@jamieLbrenner.

 

 

 

One lucky winner will get a copy of THE GIN LOVERS.  US only.

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[…] we get close to the season finale of Downton Abbey, I visited Under the Cover Books to discuss the most romantic couples of the 1920s, starting with the original flapper, Zelda […]

Betty Hamilton

This era fascinates me. I can see my own grandmother as a young adult enjoying the fun and romance of the era! I would love to win a copy of this book!! TY for the opportunity!

Betty Hamilton

My favorite couple would have to be Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh!

kp

This looks like such a good read! My favorite couple would be F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre!

erinf1

Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I think that the ’20s are so very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Jillyn

Of this era, I’d say Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh. But of all time I’d have to go with the first one that comes to mind, which is the Beckhams. They’re just so damn beautiful.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol L

Great post. I’d love to read this book. My favorite couple would be Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L.

Lori Meehan

Great post. I love the pictures. The book looks good.

Kelly Powell

Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh were the best!!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

Meghan Stith

My favorite couple is Jamie and Claire from the “Outlander” series. They are so beautiful, realistic and beautiful… did I mention beautiful!?!

mestith at gmail dot com

Monica V.

This book is different from my usual reads, but looks fascinating! I love the royals so my favorite couple would be Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth.

bn100

Zsadist and Bella

Raeline Peterson

I wish i lived back in the 20’s i think it would of been awesome. My favorite couple would be Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth.

Vanessa

I enjoyed this post, it sure looks like you were not able to narrow down your fav couple either!
Marie and Pierre Curie are the fav couple who first came to mind.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Angie M

I think the 1920’s are a fascinating time in history because women were coming into their own. I love the clothes as well!

Sandy Lion

What a sexy concept and I would love to win a copy of this book. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Christy Perry

Thank you for sharing, this book is different from what I normally read, but it looks to be a very great book. My favorite couple of all time would be…..Zsadist & Bella, Scarlett & Rhett, Runa & Shade….and I keep finding new ones to fall in love with 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win

Heather E

Favorite couple of all time? That’s like asking me to choose a favorite child out of my four kids! Crazy! I love historical romances but have not read many from the 1920s. I do love Downton Abbey so the era is appealing for sure. I guess if I have to pick a favorite, my answer today would be James Malory and Georgina Anderson in A Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsay. But ask me again tomorrow, my answer could change! 🙂

Texas Book Lover

It is so hard to pick a favorite couple. I’d have to say Roarke and Eve are always in the top 5.

Vanessa

YAY! Thanks!