Book Reviews · Historical Fiction

Jalopy + Giveaway!

by Wes Verde

Publication Date: May 9, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 499 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

New Jersey, 1928.

All her life, Etta Wozniak has toiled on her family’s small farm, located on the outskirts of a lake resort town. After losing her mother and siblings to one misfortune or another, life has fallen into a rut of drudgery and predictability. That is, until the day she discovers something in an unlikely place; an old car. Energized by the prospects of a world beyond the one she knows, she decides to make this her last summer on the farm. However, disaster is not through with Etta yet, and there will be consequences for her upcoming departure.

Art Adams, a recent college man, arrives in town for a family reunion. After years of moving from one city to another and avoiding conflict whenever it tries to find him, he becomes enamored with the lake. However, there is another reason for Art’s visit. He is to marry a woman he has never met before; an arrangement that was made on his behalf and without his knowledge. More comfortable around numbers and machines than people, Art is reluctant to confront his parents on the matter. But if he decides to do nothing, he risks losing who and what he has come to love.

In a small town of farmers and firemen, musicians and moonshiners, bossy parents and barn parties, two people will come to understand what they must give up in order to have the chance to build something new.


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I think one of my favorite things about autumn, is going on the hunt for novels that take a slower approach. I tend to reach for books that move along at a quicker pace, with the characters being caught up in their hurried circumstances. But sometimes, especially this time of year, I crave an unhurried story. This is where Jalopy comes into play.

Wes Verde takes his readers into the 1920’s with ease. He sets up the scene for both Etta and Art, depicting their separate worlds with masterful detail, illustrating the division lines between the wealthy class and the dirt-poor farmers. From the toil and fear of barely scraping by, to the heartache that comes from living with a cruel and wealthy family, the author weaves it all together seamlessly.

The story itself takes it’s time, setting the scenes, describing the happenings. And what an immense treat this is, for it allows us to really get to know Etta, Art and the secondary cast of characters. (Etta can be my BFF now, please and thank you.) From family and romance, hardship and angst, prohibition and tragedies, Jalopy has it all.

Dear Mr. Verde,

Can you perhaps quit your day job now, and write books full-time? I’m not above begging, if necessary.


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Bottom Line: A raw novel with authentic characters and a rich storyline.

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About the Author

Wes Verde is an engineer by trade, a busybody by habit, and a lifelong Jersey boy.

Writing has been a hobby in one form or another since 2006 when he started drawing 3-panel comics. When he is not putting words down, he is picking them up; the “to-read” pile only seems to grow larger.

A fan of nature, he spends as much time outside as possible.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 20
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, September 21
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, September 22
Excerpt at Hoover Book Reviews

Thursday, September 23
Interview at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Friday, September 24
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review + Excerpt at Older & Smarter

Saturday, September 25
Excerpt at Bookworlder
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Sunday, September 26
Review at Girl Who Reads

Monday, September 27
Review Rajiv’s Reviews

Tuesday, September 28
Review at Novels Alive

Wednesday, September 29
Feature at I’m All About Books

Friday, October 1
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Saturday, October 2
Review at Bookoholiccafe


Enter to win a paperback copy of Jalop by Wes Verde!

The giveaway is open internationally and ends on October 2nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.


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