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Girl in the Jitterbug Dress, The

WWII Historical and Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Independently Published
Year of Publication: 2016
Book type: Novel
Age: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Sub Genre: Coming of Age · Military · New Adult · Romance
Language: English
POV: Third-person
Tense: Past
Key Phrases: 1940s · 1990s · accidental bonding · Adoption · dancer romance · first time sex · friends to lovers · missing person · neoswing · Swing dance · vintage · vintage fashion · WWII · WWII Romance
Spice Level:

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

“I loved it! The author turns the page eloquently through period details examining each character as if she were them. This title features romance, subtle and boisterous kindness, heartfelt human interaction, grace and fun dancing action.”
– Amazon Reviewer
~ The past doesn’t always stay in the past. Sometimes it comes to life on the dance floor ~

THE GIRL IN THE JITTERBUG DRESS is the parallel story of two young women struggling with love, loss, and redemption, united across generations by a 1940’s swing dress.

Enter a world of nostalgic fashion, classic cocktails, and dance halls. 18-year-old June finds herself face to face with one of her deepest desires. Dance. She embarks on a coming-of-age path of discovery. The vintage skirt wrapping around her warm thighs on the crowded dance floor belies her 20th Century ideas. She’s moved to distraction by a dance partner expertly shifting his leg between hers, delicately pushing her into intricately guided steps.

When an accomplished dancer is injured before the international jitterbug contest, June is tapped to take her place. June struggles to overcome her fears, win the contest, and not fall in love with her—otherwise engaged—dance partner.

Fifty years earlier, WW2 era, another 18-year-old jitterbug, Violet, leads the life June and her friends emulate. But Violet’s life begins to unravel when she and her sailor beau find her grifting father passed out on her doorstep, blood oozing from his head.

They race against his deployment to tie the knot before the war can tear them apart. When his letters mysteriously stop arriving, Violet is forced to make the decision of a lifetime alone.

Half a century later, while practicing for the contest, June finds an antique dress which may lead her to the one person she’s been looking for, her biological grandmother, and the key to unlocking a fifty year-old mystery.


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