Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Review: "Above the Fold" by Rachel Scott McDaniel

I love a good second chance romance, and Above the Fold certainly fits the bill!

After losing the love of her life to a big city journalism job, Elissa Tillman pours herself into the suffragette movement and her secretarial work helping keep her father’s Pittsburgh newspaper afloat.

Cole Parker returns to the steel city with the phantom failures of his past nipping his heels. All he asks of the future is a second chance with the woman he once spurned.

The murder of a millionaire offers the perfect chance for Elissa to prove to her father and the world that she’s a serious journalist. But there’s a catch—she has to compete for the story. Against none other than Cole Parker, the very man who shattered her heart.

This book is so much fun! It felt a little His Girl Friday to me, which is a good thing! Cole and Elissa are such a good match, and I enjoyed their sparring ... and then once they finally got around to romance, that was good, too!

The novel centers around the murder of Cole's mentor—Cole and Elissa "compete" for the story that will run in the newspaper (although one party seems much more into the competition than the other!). This murder mystery has lots of fun twists and turns, and it was a great subplot to the romance.

Here's hoping McDaniel follows up this sparkling debut with a novel about Cole's cousin Sterling! 4 stars.

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Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rachel can be found online at and on all social media platforms.

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  1. I loved this book! It felt like an old Hollywood classic movie in book form for sure! I absolutely pictured Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn as the leads.

    1. Sorry for the late reply! (Yikes!) Yes, it definitely had that old Hollywood vibe--so fun!


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