Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

I enjoyed reading this story about the world of Ragtime. I loved the history but I wasn’t too fond of most of the characters. I really didn’t like any of them except Jessie and Strap. Most of the characters were only thinking of themselves through most of the book. The story was very well done though. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.


Seventeen-year-old May Convery, unhappy with her privileged life in turn-of-the-century New York City, dreams of becoming a poet. When she meets the talented young Mike Bernard, an aspiring concert pianist, she immediately falls in love. But after their secret liaison is discovered, neither is prepared for the far-reaching consequences that will haunt them for decades. As Mike abandons serious music to ruthlessly defend his hard-won title, Ragtime King of the World, May struggles to find her voice as an artist and a woman. It is not until years after their youthful romance, when they cross paths again, that they must finally confront the truth about themselves and each other. But is it too late? The world of ragtime is the backdrop for a remarkable story about the price of freedom, the longing for immortality, and the human need to find forgiveness. From vaudeville’s greatest stars to the geniuses of early African American musical theater, an unforgettable cast of real-life characters populates this richly fictionalized historical saga.


4 thoughts on “Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

  1. Thanks so much for reviewing TEMPTATION RAG: A NOVEL and giving it 4 stars! You are right that many of the characters in this novel are “flawed” personalities who struggle with conflicting desires that often lead them to make wrong decisions. In this way, they are very human and sometimes rather unlikable, even to themselves! As a writer, I find it interesting and challenging to portray both the good and the bad in people. Your followers can learn more about my books, including the historical thriller THE BEAUTY DOCTOR, by visiting my website at http://www.EHBernard.com. Keep up the great work with your blog!

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