Diva (Flappers #3) by Jillian Larkin



"Gloria Carmody didn't just sing the blues-she lived them; she was their very essence."


If you love The Great Gatsby, you'll want to read the Flappers series.

Joy and tragedy collide in DIVA, the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series, set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties. Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn't have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she's going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.

Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer's dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she's grown up a lot these past few months. She can't bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?

Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton's swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria's keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . 

Hardcover, 320 pages  Published July 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN  0385740417 (ISBN13: 9780385740418)
Clara, Lorraine, Gloria. From the beginning we have followed these 3 girls (with some very interesting side characters) as they find love, loss through their pursuits of happiness. 

 Although the books are separated into chapters from each of their perspectives. Our main focus is on Gloria. A singer who has fallen head over hills for Jerome. Interracial couples in the 1920's America is frowned upon in the highest forms. Gloria and Jerome have a love for music and it's music that brings them together. As they struggle to overcome the negativity of their friends as families as they strive for just to be as happy together for as long as possible. When trouble knocks on their door, they flee the city. 

Clara and Lorraine are no angels either. Getting mixed up with the wrong guys, alcohol,  in the wrong type of business and at times always trying to best the other with how high up the ladder they can climb. 

Now in the third and final book of the Flappers series we find each of the girls in separate living situations, but soon they are all brought together again. One last battle to help Marcus from marrying a sneaky girl who is not who she says she is. Although Gloria has her hands into more pressing matters with the police and trying to stay out of jail. Clara and Lorraine work closely to learn more about Anastasia and help Marcus from making the worst decision of his life. 

Not all stories can end in Happily Ever After. But these girls are willing to fight, to the death. To make theirs as close to perfect as they can. 

The flappers series is a hands down entertaining series. It has jaw dropping, shocking moments that you will never see coming. Readers will find love/hate relationships with the each of the girls, finding them stubborn or selfish to completely relate-able.  You'll get sucked in and your hearts will ache right along with theirs. I loved the ending, it was so fitting for this series. 
 

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