Book Review: Roll of the Dice by Anya Silverthorne.

After really enjoying Anya Silverthorne's book 'The Baroness of New York,' of which I am currently eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, I couldn't wait to dive into this short story, which is the prologue to the 'Roll of the Dice,' series. It was a great start and now I am very much looking forward to reading the next instalments.

The Blurb.

Roll of the Dice is the prologue to a new historical romance novella series, to be released regularly.
New York City, 1894
10-year-old Fiona O’Connor, the daughter of two Irish immigrants, has led a difficult life thus far. After her beloved mother passed away the year prior under mysterious circumstances, things go from bad to worse when her father proves he still can’t stay away from a bottle of whisky. And the punches and kicks once reserved for his late wife are now bestowed on the daughter he swears to cherish.
With her father’s drinking making him unable to keep a job, Fiona resorts to stealing in order to keep her belly full. On one of her missions to find food, she meets the plucky 12-year-old Dice Henley: a wise-cracking and gambling loving newsboy. Little do the pair know that this chance meeting in a Hell’s Kitchen tenement neighborhood will change the course of their lives forever.

This novella is the prologue to the upcoming Roll of the Dice series. While it isn’t a traditional romance, it sets the stage for the characters’ relationship for the duration of the series.
Roll of the Dice can be read as a stand-alone, or it can be read as part of the series of novellas. It is also not necessary to read this book to enjoy the rest of the novellas, but it does help develop the characters featured.
This series is set in the same world as the author’s Baroness of New York series, but is not part of the series. You do not need to read one to understand or follow the other.
Warning: Roll of the Dice contains scenes of physical abuse toward a child, as well as mention of alcoholism. Please be aware of this before deciding if this book is for you.

My Review.

A while ago, at the beginning of lockdown, I was having a baking morning, the sun was shining and I wanted to watch something as I was waiting for things to bake. I found 'Newsies' on Disney plus and there was something about it that made me click play. It's a musical filmed in 1992 starring a young Christian Bale. It's set in 1899 and the story revolves around a bunch of 'Newsies' - kids selling newspapers on the streets of New York City. I really enjoyed it. 

Fast forward to this past week and I finally dived into this prologue from Anya and as I'm reading it I'm thinking to myself. 'This reminds me very much of 'Newsies' I'm glad I watched that because I can picture this story clearer in my head and feel like I actually understand it better.' As someone who isn't always great with general knowledge or remembering dates in time, it made me smile that I had a connection to go off and that I knew a bit of background information. That and the fact that it makes me think life has a funny way of placing things in your path, if that makes sense? Do you ever feel like that? 

Anywho back to 'Roll of the Dice.' It was an incredibly heart-breaking story with a theme that makes me so angry and sad, however Anya also wrote the story and more specifically Fiona with a lot of hope and courage, making her wonderfully brave and a brilliant leading lady who even at such a young age is discovering how to take charge of her own life and make changes for a better future. She was incredibly inspiring and a character I could get behind 110%. 

When Fiona meets Dice, it's so touching and lovely, because she has someone who makes her smile and feel more grown up. She has something to look forward to and most importantly is given some support and a place to go to when she needs to. She's all of a sudden not so alone and I loved that. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am very much looking forward to what happens next. I'm very excited about seeing Fiona and Dice grow up and reading about their journey! Pick up a copy of 'Roll of the Dice,' today!

Happy Reading!

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