Hear Them Roar

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
257 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2023
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Author Biography

Anastacia Hawkins grew up as a California girl in the suburbs of L.A. County. Her father was a dancer, her mother a beautiful artist, but Anastacia could neither dance nor draw. Instead, she found her passion in writing.

In addition to her 1920s historical fiction novel, Hear Them Roar, and fantasy adventure series, Larkspur & Return to Larkspur, Anastacia is also the author of 5 delightful children's stories found in Storie Italiane, an Italian/English parallel text book, and is a participating author for a Christian reading program created by Kirkwood Education Center, as well as the One Story a Day series published by DC Canada Education Publishing. Anastacia loves writing stories for young readers, hoping to draw them into the wonderful world of books.

Anastacia now resides in The Pacific Northwest with her husband, Shayne, and their daughter, Sierra.

"The thought of someone picking up one of my books and falling so completely into the story that they can't put it down; well, that just makes my heart happy! I encourage all who have a passion for writing to pursue it. Don't give up on your dream!" ~Anastacia Hawkins

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Hear Them Roar is a historical, coming-of-age romance drama. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and features moderate sexual references but nothing graphic. Penned by Anastacia Hawkins and inspired by the memories of her father’s life as a Chicago entertainer during the 1920s, this charming tale explores the lives of four individuals who are coming up hot in the dance and cabaret scene of the Windy City. From whirlwind romances to temptations, trials, and triumphs, each of our four heroes has something to prove in this riotously good coming-of-age story.

Anastacia Hawkins perfectly captures the spirit of the roaring twenties in this charming tale that is filled with spills, thrills, and all the glitz and glam you’d expect from Chicago in its music hall heyday. The four central characters are beautifully realized with in-depth narration and description, from the humble beginnings of Alfred’s rise to fame to the dangerous liaisons that Mavis and Lillian both find themselves drawn to for very different reasons. I especially enjoyed the subplot involving Haakon and his struggles with manipulation, which I felt were really brilliantly portrayed, subtle, accurate, and ultimately devastating after the slow-building story took off. All these different emotional dynamics are set against a gorgeous backdrop of atmospheric Chicago glam that comes to life beautifully in Hawkin’s wordplay but also always leaves a little room in the shadows for suspense to lurk. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Hear Them Roar as a superb read for fans of the era and a well-penned romantic drama.