Title: Love on the Mall: A Tale of the National Mall (Tales of the National Mall)
Author: Ann Beltran
Genre: Historical Romance
Meet Estela the anthropologist, a flirty young woman moving into the Roaring 20s, and Nikos, an architect, vulnerable and struggling to put the Great War and Spanish flu behind him. Soulmates? Perhaps. Yet for twenty years their romance never leaves the National Mall. What keeps them apart lies within. Enter their time/space bubble where they negotiate tipping points and choose to change – or not. Only time will tell if a real lace exists for them to be together.
Can two people from different worlds explore love and romance in the heart of D.C.? Estela is a modern woman of the roaring 20s who defies society's rules time and again. She’s an anthropologist and is with her father visiting the National Mall. She meets Nikos, an architect working in Washington. She’s fascinated by his knowledge and sparks fly. Over the next two decades, Estela and Nikos have a love affair, one that never leaves the National Mall. As Estela grows and changes with the times, so does Nikos, but in a different way. Love is more than passion, something much deeper. What happens if they move their relationship outside the National Mall? Will their love thrive and survive or is the divide between them too large?
Love on the Mall is a beautiful historical romance set in the heart of Washington D.C. in the early 20th century. The 1920s were a time of great change and Ann Beltran writes with historical accuracy and emotion. I connected with both Estela and Nikos, but for different reasons. Estela is an intelligent woman who speaks her mind. She’s got a fierce spirit and doesn’t conform to society’s expectations. Nikos is from a different culture with a separate sense of self and survival from her. He’s cautious, methodical, and smart. His drive to succeed is to be admired. You might think these two are opposites, but they are more alike than first thought. The descriptive narration is stunning and immersive. The setting in historical D.C. during a time of upheaval and change is intricate and became a character all its own. After reading Love on the Mall, I have a deeper respect for the National Mall and the monuments. A stunning historical romance from start to finish, Love on the Mall is one book you need to read. If historical romance is your reading jam, pick up Love on the Mall. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Ann’s career in government, business, and the nonprofit sectors, as a lawyer, executive, and professor, provide a broad array of human experience upon which she draws to create character-driven, engaging stories. Her prior novels, The Nonprofit Girl Trilogy, www.annbeltran.com, span 15 years from Seattle to India and continents in-between, as the mother/daughter coming-of-age, family saga plays out. Love on the Mall, a Tale of the National Mall is her first venture into historical fiction.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N