Temptation Rag

A Novel

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
410 Pages
Reviewed on 10/24/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Temptation Rag: A Novel is a work of historical fiction by author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard. Set at the turn of the twentieth century in the glamorous city of New York, our heroine May Convery is a young woman who wants to buck the trend of what’s expected of her. With dreams of writing as a poet, May is drawn to the concert pianist Mike Bernard, whom she discovers is also not at peace with the serious, formal music he’s performing. After their secret love affair is revealed for the world to see, the pair must go their own ways. As Mike’s career in ragtime music builds and May struggles to find her artistic voice, it seems that coming back together may be the key to their true fulfillment.

The most striking thing about Temptation Rag: A Novel was the talented way in which author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard captures the style of the ragtime era. Music, art and culture spring from every page of this delightfully artistic work, and May’s determined search for a voice really centers the plot on the seriousness that a true artist has when pursuing their dreams. Mike too encapsulates this spirit, and the pair of them make a great couple to follow in terms of romance but also their personal endeavors for greatness. I found May’s story really empowering at an interesting point in history for women and their rights, and overall I’d highly recommend Temptation Rag to historical fiction fans looking for an under-represented era and a fantastic, uplifting tale.