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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 fathers 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. 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.


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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 fathers 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. 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.

30 review for Above the Fold

  1. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    This debut was well shared over social media. After seeing it so many times and finding a copy at my library, I decided to give this novel a try. The heroine is very career focused in a time when women were expected to be wives and not in the workforce. Elissa works for her father at his newspaper, but craves a larger role and more respect. Her former beau Cole, has learned from his mistakes and simply wants to re-earn Elissa's heart. The story line was engaging. I look forward to seeing what This debut was well shared over social media. After seeing it so many times and finding a copy at my library, I decided to give this novel a try. The heroine is very career focused in a time when women were expected to be wives and not in the workforce. Elissa works for her father at his newspaper, but craves a larger role and more respect. Her former beau Cole, has learned from his mistakes and simply wants to re-earn Elissa's heart. The story line was engaging. I look forward to seeing what this author will offer next. Solid debut!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    What a stunning debut novel from Rachel Scott McDaniel!! I was so wrapped up in this story that I read it all in one sitting! It was that good! I loved Cole and Elissa! Im really looking forward to reading more from her! Definitely a 5 star book! I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own. What a stunning debut novel from Rachel Scott McDaniel!! I was so wrapped up in this story that I read it all in one sitting! It was that good! I loved Cole and Elissa! I’m really looking forward to reading more from her! Definitely a 5 star book! I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    What a blast! In Above the Fold, the Roaring Twenties in Pittsburgh comes to life, from the sooty streets to the speakeasies to the raucous world of journalism. Both Cole and Elissa are appealing strong and sassy, but deeply vulnerable and their romance is swoon-worthy. Rachel Scott McDaniels debut novel will keep you flipping pages to the end! What a blast! In Above the Fold, the Roaring Twenties in Pittsburgh comes to life, from the sooty streets to the speakeasies to the raucous world of journalism. Both Cole and Elissa are appealing – strong and sassy, but deeply vulnerable – and their romance is swoon-worthy. Rachel Scott McDaniel‘s debut novel will keep you flipping pages to the end!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    My first book finished in 2020 & it's set in the "roaring" 1920s! :) Above the Fold is a fun and romantic debut from author Rachel Scott McDaniel! It has everything one would want in a 1920s tale: snappy dialogue, a thrilling mystery to investigate, a competition between rival formerly-romantically-entangled reporters, swoony romance, and deeply expressed themes of forgiveness, unconditional love, and a heavenly Father who never forsakes. Reading a historical novel like this with simultaneous My first book finished in 2020 & it's set in the "roaring" 1920s! :) Above the Fold is a fun and romantic debut from author Rachel Scott McDaniel! It has everything one would want in a 1920s tale: snappy dialogue, a thrilling mystery to investigate, a competition between rival formerly-romantically-entangled reporters, swoony romance, and deeply expressed themes of forgiveness, unconditional love, and a heavenly Father who never forsakes. Reading a historical novel like this with simultaneous fun and light banter backed by some serious themes is a rare treat! Elissa and Cole come to life on the page as they spar (a la His Girl Friday) while some serious sparks fly! I appreciated the ways the reality of women’s changing independence and roles in the workforce in this era were depicted and kindly handled by most of the male figures in the story (we have to have a few villains, you know). Cole, especially, understands Elissa in the sweetest way and just wants her to realize it. I was impressed with many aspects of this story, but one in particular I loved was the way it depicted 1920s Pittsburgh with its busy streets, industry, battles with Prohibition and speakeasies, and the exciting and daring life of those in the news business. Vivid depiction of setting is something that seems to come naturally to Rachel’s pen. Thank you to Just Read Tours for the review copy of this novel. This is my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    Seems to me, Spark, you cant value the beauty until you understand the journey. What a fun debut by Rachel Scott McDaniel! It has strong and passionate and sassy characters, a well-paced and smoothly flowing plot, a great thread of intrigue and suspense that plays out with surprising twists and turns, and a romance thats frustrating but also tender and sweet. The author also weaves into the plot the growth of womens rights and the hypocrisy found during the Prohibition era in the city of “Seems to me, Spark, you can’t value the beauty until you understand the journey.” What a fun debut by Rachel Scott McDaniel! It has strong and passionate and sassy characters, a well-paced and smoothly flowing plot, a great thread of intrigue and suspense that plays out with surprising twists and turns, and a romance that’s frustrating but also tender and sweet. The author also weaves into the plot the growth of women’s rights and the hypocrisy found during the Prohibition era in the city of Pittsburgh during the 1920s. Cole and Elissa are journalists who sharpen each other and set sparks professionally and personally. They both have pasts that weigh them down with insecurities. When Cole returns to Pittsburgh after a disgrace, Elissa can’t forgive him for his betrayal and the hurt he caused five years ago. As they attempt to outdo each other in finding the biggest scoop on a mysterious death of a prominent citizen, their long-held love draws them together as they learn about what true love means. If you enjoy historical romance, you will really enjoy this novel. I received a copy of the book from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas via JustRead Publicity Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    You guys! You guys!! YOU GUYYYYYYSSS!! Oh, this book is absolutely one of my favorites of all time!! Debut author, Rachel Scott McDaniel nails it and I am ready for more!! This story has it all! Swoon-worthy hero, flawed but steadfast in his purpose and love. A heroine full of gumption, tenacity, and raw but endearing insecurities. The plot is divine with mystery, twists, humorous wit, and the kind of one-liners that'll remind you why the old black and white movies of a bygone era are treasures. You guys! You guys!! YOU GUYYYYYYSSS!! Oh, this book is absolutely one of my favorites of all time!! Debut author, Rachel Scott McDaniel nails it and I am ready for more!! This story has it all! Swoon-worthy hero, flawed but steadfast in his purpose and love. A heroine full of gumption, tenacity, and raw but endearing insecurities. The plot is divine with mystery, twists, humorous wit, and the kind of one-liners that'll remind you why the old black and white movies of a bygone era are treasures. The writing was superb making it hard to believe this was Ms McDaniel's introduction into the world of fiction but I can tell you that I am a fan!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Absolutely amazing! Review to come! From the very beginning of this book, Rachel McDaniel had me completely hooked on the characters and story! Going into the story, I wasn't completely sure what to expect, but she surprised me in the best way possible. So, what was it about this book that I liked? The characters! From the first page I was drawn into the story of Elissa and wanting to know more of her past and what made her who she was. I also fell in love with Cole nearly instantly. Yes, he had Absolutely amazing! Review to come! From the very beginning of this book, Rachel McDaniel had me completely hooked on the characters and story! Going into the story, I wasn't completely sure what to expect, but she surprised me in the best way possible. So, what was it about this book that I liked? The characters! From the first page I was drawn into the story of Elissa and wanting to know more of her past and what made her who she was. I also fell in love with Cole nearly instantly. Yes, he had a past and did some things he was ashamed of, but that made me love him all the more. The writing! I gotta say, I'm a sucker for all things 20's, so I naturally loved the storyline of this book. And, really, McDaniel did a fantastic job of drawing readers into that time period with her lyrical writing. Reading this made me want to read more books set during that time. The storyline! As I said above, I loved, loved the story itself. It was so wonderful seeing Elissa and Cole navigate their pasts and, really, overcoming them. I though the romance was sweet and absolutely perfect. Add to that the hints of mystery and the story was stellar! Honestly, the mystery itself reminded me on one of Father Brown's story's, which I adore! All in all, I can not find a single thing to complain about when it comes to Above the Fold. Rachel Scott McDaniel did the most amazing job with the book and I can't wait to read more from her! **I received a complementary copy of this book from the author. All opinions and thoughts in this review are m own.**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keren Herrera-Lyles

    Above the Fold is by far the most captivating story I have read. New Author to me Rachel McDaniel and her first debut story has me hooked and is a Must read. Above the Fold is a story that words will not do it justice. The author has formatted this story in a way that captivates you with a mixture of Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Fun Charm and Faith in God which in return molds and blends it together forming this amazing story. Set in Pittsburgh in the 20s, when alcohol was a number #1 thing and Above the Fold is by far the most captivating story I have read. New Author to me Rachel McDaniel and her first debut story has me hooked and is a Must read. Above the Fold is a story that words will not do it justice. The author has formatted this story in a way that captivates you with a mixture of Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Fun Charm and Faith in God which in return molds and blends it together forming this amazing story. Set in Pittsburgh in the 20s, when alcohol was a number #1 thing and newspapers raced to get the story first to keep their papers running; two young people Elissa and Cole find themselves in a story of a Mysterious Murder. Both eager to find out who did it and their love and drive of a story they are put to the task of finding the answers. And at the same time find the answers to heal their broken hearts. While saving the Review, her family's newspaper. I loved this story from beginning to end. Kept you reading to find out what happened next. With their witty romantic moments and their serious ones, this book will pull you into it's pages. Author Rachel did an amazing job and as her debut book I am intrigued to read more from her. She did an excellent job in blending all together throughout the story. I received a copy of the book from the Author/Publisher for my honest personal opinion. I highly recommend this book you will not be disappointed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    Oh my word! This novel is absolutely phenomenal! I absolutely adored every moment of Elissa and Cole's story. I was swept away into another time from the moment I started reading, and I was completely absorbed in the story, to the point that I even forgot I was reading and instead felt that I was living the story alongside the characters, a true mark of a magnificent writer! Everything about this book made my heart soar, and I found myself caught between not wanting to stop reading and wanting to Oh my word! This novel is absolutely phenomenal! I absolutely adored every moment of Elissa and Cole's story. I was swept away into another time from the moment I started reading, and I was completely absorbed in the story, to the point that I even forgot I was reading and instead felt that I was living the story alongside the characters, a true mark of a magnificent writer! Everything about this book made my heart soar, and I found myself caught between not wanting to stop reading and wanting to delay finishing because I didn't want it to end, the most delightful dilemma a bookworm can face! Above the Fold touched my heart deeply in so many ways, especially the message that we are enough because we are God's children and our identity is only to be found in Him and who He made us to be, which is a reminder that my heart was thirsting for! From page one I was blown away by the beautiful writing, when I grow up I want to write as well as this author does! I seriously loved everything about Above the Fold, it's most definitely one of my favorite reads of 2019, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! Above the Fold is a total must read that is not to be missed! I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    This book was such a treat! What a fabulous debut novel! An exciting plot combined with characters that felt real made this book a page turner for me. I absolutely loved the writing style and the plot kept me guessing until the final pages! Twists and turns, oh my! Cole is my hero! His confidence and sense of humor were the perfect combination! Elissa was passionate and driven, and while I might have wanted to thump her pretty head a time or two, she was a solid character that I was able to This book was such a treat! What a fabulous debut novel! An exciting plot combined with characters that felt real made this book a page turner for me. I absolutely loved the writing style and the plot kept me guessing until the final pages! Twists and turns, oh my! Cole is my hero! His confidence and sense of humor were the perfect combination! Elissa was passionate and driven, and while I might have wanted to thump her pretty head a time or two, she was a solid character that I was able to connect with in spite of her flaws. Cole and Elissa’s chemistry was a fun and frustrating mixture providing plenty of entertainment whenever they matched wits. The mystery aspect of this story was intriguing and the faith elements woven into the story felt natural and not forced, so I felt like there was a great balance! I loved this story! I would definitely recommend it! I’m absolutely looking forward to future novels by Rachel Scott McDaniel!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    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 mentorCole 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 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! Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    My Review of Above The Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel The cover, the Twenties, the blue, the blurb, the look of the characters on the cover, old flames, redemption, coming back to what you knew, journalists, all of this makes Above The Line a shockingly wonderful book. Signing up to read this on a hunch that it would be good was a smart idea, because this was good. A new author to be on the lookout for, the suspense, the romance, the newspaper, all tells a story of the past and makes me miss My Review of Above The Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel The cover, the Twenties, the blue, the blurb, the look of the characters on the cover, old flames, redemption, coming back to what you knew, journalists, all of this makes Above The Line a shockingly wonderful book. Signing up to read this on a hunch that it would be good was a smart idea, because this was good. A new author to be on the lookout for, the suspense, the romance, the newspaper, all tells a story of the past and makes me miss something I never knew -- the newspaper. I highly recommend this for readers who enjoy romance, historical fiction, or stories about newspapers and reporters. I received a complementary copy of this book from the author, all the thoughts are my own, I did not have to provide a review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Outstanding debut novel. The author has written a beautiful historical novel, set in the 20s. A newspaper reporter, suffragist, daughter Elissa is wanting to run her fathers paper eventually. He hires her best friend and old flame Cole to help the paper. Cole is a swoon worthy guy and this story kept me reading page after page. I enjoyed the independent personality of Elissa. I received this book from the publisher. All views stated here are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Wilson

    With a determined heroine, a beautifully crafted mystery, and a love story that sizzles off the page, Above the Fold was a joy to read! Rachel McDaniel has captured to perfection the roaring culture of the 1920s newspaper business and the intricacies of two hearts yearning for a second chance at love. I couldnt put it down. With a determined heroine, a beautifully crafted mystery, and a love story that sizzles off the page, Above the Fold was a joy to read! Rachel McDaniel has captured to perfection the roaring culture of the 1920’s newspaper business and the intricacies of two hearts yearning for a second chance at love. I couldn’t put it down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Flanagan

    Nothing beats the energy of a busy newsroom or the thrill of pursuing a hot lead. At least thats how it is for aspiring journalist Elissa Tillman. But when the path to the perfect scoop leads to danger, self-doubt, and a competition with the man who once broke her heart, she will have to trust God more than her own investigative prowess, because theres much more at stake than a byline. Although it is set in the Roaring 20s, Above the Fold provides a timeless depiction of young adulthood: the Nothing beats the energy of a busy newsroom or the thrill of pursuing a hot lead. At least that’s how it is for aspiring journalist Elissa Tillman. But when the path to the perfect scoop leads to danger, self-doubt, and a competition with the man who once broke her heart, she will have to trust God more than her own investigative prowess, because there’s much more at stake than a byline. Although it is set in the Roaring 20s, Above the Fold provides a timeless depiction of young adulthood: the allure of idealistic dreams, the pressure of family expectation, the first sting of failed ambition, and the longing for lasting love. Protagonists Elissa and Cole process their shifting landscape through their faith, in a manner just as applicable to contemporary believers as it would have been to those a century ago. That being said, the setting IS the 1920s, and McDaniel does an excellent job capturing the Prohibition Era vibe pulsing through multiple strata of Pittsburgh society. Equally immersive is the novel’s mystery subplot, newsroom tropes, and lively side characters. Also, the romantic chemistry between the main characters is, by turns, sweet, witty, and charmingly reminiscent of Russell and Grant in His Girl Friday. Finally, the inspirational message of finding identity in God is expertly threaded throughout the plot. All in all, Above the Fold is a smart, uplifting, and entertaining debut novel, and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not obliged to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    June Jacobs

    This Christian historical romance is a well-written debut novel penned by a talented author. The characters and setting in this story are filled with depth, purpose, and historical accuracy. Elissa Tillman, the main character, is a young woman who is seeking to make her place in the world of journalism as a reporter, not just as a secretary or assistant to the men with whom she works. She is active in the women's suffrage movement of the 1920s and signals her support of the movement by wearing a This Christian historical romance is a well-written debut novel penned by a talented author. The characters and setting in this story are filled with depth, purpose, and historical accuracy. Elissa Tillman, the main character, is a young woman who is seeking to make her place in the world of journalism as a reporter, not just as a secretary or assistant to the men with whom she works. She is active in the women's suffrage movement of the 1920s and signals her support of the movement by wearing a yellow rose or the color yellow whenever possible. Elissa is strong and opinionated and is determined to reach her personal and professional goals. The book follows her journeys, including lots of twists and turns. One thing I appreciated about this book were the faith-filled references to God and His presence in our lives. As a history buff, I enjoyed rading the Author's Note at the end of the story as it provides details about which actual events, settings, and 'factors' from the story are true. **This book is completely clean in language and content. :0} I was given a digital copy of this book by JustRead Publicity. I received no compensation of any kind for posting this review here or on any other site. The opinions expressed in this review are only my own. #####################

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha McCollough

    Beautiful Story Above the Fold was an enthralling story of loss and finding love again when you feel like theres no hope anymore. This book was beautifully written, and I very much enjoyed reading this story and taking this journey through the 1922s with Elissa and Cole. I also enjoyed learning about womens suffrage and how they strived to be seen in a male-dominant profession. I could tell that Rachel studied hard and long for this book, and I appreciate the effort that she put into crafting Beautiful Story Above the Fold was an enthralling story of loss and finding love again when you feel like there’s no hope anymore. This book was beautifully written, and I very much enjoyed reading this story and taking this journey through the 1922’s with Elissa and Cole. I also enjoyed learning about women’s suffrage and how they strived to be seen in a male-dominant profession. I could tell that Rachel studied hard and long for this book, and I appreciate the effort that she put into crafting this work of art for all of her readers. Elissa has struggles with herself in her personal life that I could definitely relate to. Cole has his own struggles, and I loved how Rachel wrote his past. I enjoyed reading about the press and how Elissa had to use a male moniker to be able to write if she didn’t want to write just a society column. It’s sad how the women had hardly any rights and unfair that the women could work at a place and be doing the same job as a man but paid less! I had the privilege of reading an ARC in partnership with JustRead Tours. If I could rate this book more, it would be 6/5 ⭐️! Great Job, Rachel!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janice Sisemore

    Above the Fold Above the Fold is a historical book set in 1922. Elissas dad owns a newspaper and she likes to write articles for it. In that day and time women didnt really much chances for real stories. Will Elissa get her chance to write what she really wants? In Above the Fold Cole comes back after he had broken Elissa heart when he left town. Elissa is involved with someone else but will it last? Cole is hired by Elissas father and she is none too happy about it. One of my favorite Above the Fold Above the Fold is a historical book set in 1922. Elissa’s dad owns a newspaper and she likes to write articles for it. In that day and time women didn’t really much chances for real stories. Will Elissa get her chance to write what she really wants? In Above the Fold Cole comes back after he had broken Elissa heart when he left town. Elissa is involved with someone else but will it last? Cole is hired by Elissa’s father and she is none too happy about it. One of my favorite characters in the book is Cole’s mother. I loved the story involving her. I would have liked more of his mother in the story toward the end. The book is very suspenseful and has a good mystery. This book is first novel by the author. I loved Elissa and Cole’s story. Historical’s is my favorite genre. There has to be more research done for this type of genre. I look forward to reading more books from the author. I received a complimentary copy of the book from JustRead Publicity Tours. This book review is my own opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debra Slonek

    I enjoyed this historical fiction novel centered around a second chance at romance storyline. Cole and Elissa had enjoyed a memorable romance until time, distance and choices separated them. Years later, their lives collided together in a busy Pittsburgh newsroom and their reunion was off to a rocky start. There were adventures to be had, competitions to win and trust needed to be rebuilt from the ground up. There were real dangers to be faced and mysteries to be solved. There were opportunities I enjoyed this historical fiction novel centered around a second chance at romance storyline. Cole and Elissa had enjoyed a memorable romance until time, distance and choices separated them. Years later, their lives collided together in a busy Pittsburgh newsroom and their reunion was off to a rocky start. There were adventures to be had, competitions to win and trust needed to be rebuilt from the ground up. There were real dangers to be faced and mysteries to be solved. There were opportunities for brokenness to be healed and for relationships to be mended and strengthened. As the story took place in the 1920’s, I enjoyed leaning many things about that time period. The author brought the Prohibition Era to life with speakeasies and many colorful characters. I enjoyed reading about Cole’s and Elissa’s journey back to one another. Forgiveness, faith and multiple second chances paved the way to their heartwarming reunion. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Rachel Scott McDaniel (the author) penned a detail-oriented, history honoring, riveting read in "Above the Fold." I found this story to be very impressive for a debut book! I look forward to reading more stories penned by this author. The author's story research into the world of Journalism was very impressive! It read like a book written by a newspaper journalist with years of experience on the job. The realness to this story was amazing! Mystery laden moments in the plot were carried out in a way Rachel Scott McDaniel (the author) penned a detail-oriented, history honoring, riveting read in "Above the Fold." I found this story to be very impressive for a debut book! I look forward to reading more stories penned by this author. The author's story research into the world of Journalism was very impressive! It read like a book written by a newspaper journalist with years of experience on the job. The realness to this story was amazing! Mystery laden moments in the plot were carried out in a way that reminded me of the popular show "Murder, She Wrote." The heroine was a lot like Jessica Fletcher in that respect! Loved the line where the meaning behind the book title "Above the Fold" was revealed (toward the end of the book)! The ending was wonderful, sweet, hopeful and just as amazing as the storyline. "Above the Fold" was a really beautiful story! *The author provided me (Alexis A. Goring) with a complimentary copy of Above the Fold (book). My opinions in this book review are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book is rich in historical tidbits of all the things from the roaring 20's! First time author Rachel Scott McDaniel has written a book that brings you into the news world in this time. I really don't read much historical fiction from this era, so it was interesting to see how life was like during the prohibition era. Cole was an awesome hero! He was thoughtful, protective and trying to do the right thing. To be honest I had a hard time getting into Elissa. She came across as so hard and This book is rich in historical tidbits of all the things from the roaring 20's! First time author Rachel Scott McDaniel has written a book that brings you into the news world in this time. I really don't read much historical fiction from this era, so it was interesting to see how life was like during the prohibition era. Cole was an awesome hero! He was thoughtful, protective and trying to do the right thing. To be honest I had a hard time getting into Elissa. She came across as so hard and unforgiving, even for minor things. I never identified or connected with her, but I think it came down to my personal taste. The mystery part of the story was great! Full of twists that were not easy for me to guess! Which is rare for me to find! If you are looking for a historical romance with a good dose of mystery, this may be the book for you. 3.5 stars I received this book as a complimentary copy. My opinions and thoughts are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    4.5 Stars From the 1920s setting to the hero and heroine going toe-to-toe for a headline, to the unexpected twists, and moments of levity between Cole and Elissa, Above the Fold is a delightful and entertaining story from the first page to the last. Rachel Scott McDaniel gives readers some Pittsburgh and womens equality history while weaving a story of competition, romance, learning our value in being the person God created us to be, and the value of forgiveness. This is a fresh and fun historical 4.5 Stars From the 1920s setting to the hero and heroine going toe-to-toe for a headline, to the unexpected twists, and moments of levity between Cole and Elissa, Above the Fold is a delightful and entertaining story from the first page to the last. Rachel Scott McDaniel gives readers some Pittsburgh and women’s equality history while weaving a story of competition, romance, learning our value in being the person God created us to be, and the value of forgiveness. This is a fresh and fun historical romance that’s a throwback to classics such as His Girl Friday that you definitely do not want to miss. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gloria _ Moseley

    I had long anticipated receiving my copy of "Above the Fold" by Rachel Scott McDaniel, and I must say that the wordplay did not disappoint. Set in Pittsburgh during the heyday of the steel industry, and following close on the heels of World War I (ending in 1918), and the end of the suffragette movement (ratified in 1919), Elissa Tillman finds herself diligently working to make her mark in a "man's world". As fate would have it, she must compete against her former flame Cole Parker. The story of I had long anticipated receiving my copy of "Above the Fold" by Rachel Scott McDaniel, and I must say that the wordplay did not disappoint. Set in Pittsburgh during the heyday of the steel industry, and following close on the heels of World War I (ending in 1918), and the end of the suffragette movement (ratified in 1919), Elissa Tillman finds herself diligently working to make her mark in a "man's world". As fate would have it, she must compete against her former flame Cole Parker. The story of a lifetime could be present her with the opportunity to be considered a legitimate reporter, but it might also lead to encounters that could rekindle old emotions long thought lost.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patti Stockdale

    Ive wanted to read McDaniels award-winning debut, Above the Fold, for almost a year, and it didnt disappoint. She drops the reader into 1922 Pittsburgh, where the hero and heroine work, compete, and flirt side-by-side at a newspaper office. Its a fun ride. As much as I enjoyed the well-drawn characters and unpredictable plot, my favorite part of the book is McDaniels talent to turn a phrase. Im a fan! I’ve wanted to read McDaniel’s award-winning debut, Above the Fold, for almost a year, and it didn’t disappoint. She drops the reader into 1922 Pittsburgh, where the hero and heroine work, compete, and flirt side-by-side at a newspaper office. It’s a fun ride. As much as I enjoyed the well-drawn characters and unpredictable plot, my favorite part of the book is McDaniel’s talent to turn a phrase. I’m a fan!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Fluegge

    This book is well-written and kept my interest all the way through. I really appreciated the testimony of God working in both of the main characters lives as well and the author not glossing over their struggles as they ultimately allowed God to give them the grace necessary to do what was right. This book is well-written and kept my interest all the way through. I really appreciated the testimony of God working in both of the main characters’ lives as well and the author not glossing over their struggles as they ultimately allowed God to give them the grace necessary to do what was right.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    How appropriate that this book is set in 1922, as we now enter the roaring twenties of the twenty-first century. Comparisons are inevitable, and to my surprise, as I read Above the Fold, I realized that while there has been progress, much remains the same. This story seems timeless in some ways because the conflicts and circumstances translate so well, both on a more superficial human level and on a deeper spiritual level. A mark of noteworthy fiction, this detail goes hand-in-hand with being How appropriate that this book is set in 1922, as we now enter the “roaring twenties” of the twenty-first century. Comparisons are inevitable, and to my surprise, as I read “Above the Fold”, I realized that while there has been progress, much remains the same. This story seems timeless in some ways because the conflicts and circumstances translate so well, both on a more superficial human level and on a deeper spiritual level. A mark of noteworthy fiction, this detail goes hand-in-hand with being relevant and applicable to readers. Achieving this with historical fiction further raises the standard. Rachel Scott McDaniel’s “Above the Fold” triumphs remarkably, no small feat for a debut! I certainly never would have guessed that this was a first novel, as it carries the sophistication of an established writer. From character development to plot execution, this story truly shines, and I am delighted that I had the privilege to read and review it. What initially drew me to the story was the fact that it is set in Pittsburgh, as that is not very far from where I live and I recognized most of the street names, as well as the Duquesne incline. The references to it as a steel industry magnate and the ecological concerns therein continue to be issues of debate today, even after the end of the steel era. McDaniel’s focus on the newspaper industry offers another facet of the Steel City, bringing attention to journalism and the role of women in post-WWI, Prohibition-era America. Through Elissa Tillman, McDaniel highlights the ongoing women’s suffrage movement in the quest for workplace equality. While not a new theme in and of itself, in this story it dovetails with romance and the human condition to reveal how inextricably linked our identity is with the way in which we approach life and impact those around us. Elissa had been known in school as the “Shadyside Slob” because she was not elegant and graceful, and in adulthood, as she strives to earn a place as a newspaperwoman, she laments that “No man took her seriously. Not Father. Not Adam. And definitely not Cole.” So “[w]hich hurt worse, forgotten or betrayed? The only men she’d ever loved had done both.” Perfectionism results from a desperate need to prove herself. Cole, likewise, battles his own inner torments, able to see himself only through the lens of failure. However, a murder investigation serves as a catalyst for metanoia, demonstrating how the Lord uses even bad situations for good and is truly the God of second chances. She realizes, as we all should, that “Her dreams had been elusive like a breath of wind, but her value wasn’t found in triumphs. Or failures. God’s love defined her…God’s love made her enough.” Highly recommended for anyone interested in 1920s Pittsburgh, journalism and the news business, women’s suffrage, Prohibition, addictions (handled very gently, without graphic details), second chances, and finding one’s identity in Christ. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    Is Above the Fold Really the Best Place to Be? Well, if youre a newspaper reporter, definitely. Its such a big deal, that website designers still call the first full screen when you land on a website above the fold. So, what about the book? Um Id say behind Above the Fold is where you want to be those words right in front of your eyes so you dont miss a single one. Why? So many reasons, but one of the biggest is that Rachel Scott McDaniel tackled a bunch of things that I usually groan to see and Is Above the Fold Really the Best Place to Be? Well, if you’re a newspaper reporter, definitely. It’s such a big deal, that website designers still call the first full screen when you land on a website “above the fold.” So, what about the book? Um… I’d say behind Above the Fold is where you want to be… those words right in front of your eyes so you don’t miss a single one. Why? So many reasons, but one of the biggest is that Rachel Scott McDaniel tackled a bunch of things that I usually groan to see and did them well. I can’t tell you all of them without giving some spoilers, but I’ll say this. In novels, sometimes girls’ attitudes about why they won’t trust a guy grow old and tedious—predictable. You’ve seen that same thing, over and over again. It bores the brain. Ms. McDaniel seems to have walked in and said, “Someone has to do something decent with this idea, and if no one else will, then I’ll have to.” Abandoned years ago, Elissa Tillman still smarts. Her childhood “traumas” still fester and affect her decisions. Everything she said and did had been tainted and influenced by her past, but in a way so believable it didn’t annoy. Thank goodness! Okay, so I tend to figure out mysteries pretty quickly. It comes from inhaling them from age about eight. Or so I assume. Did I know who did it and why pretty early? Most of it. But not all. And a surprising twist at the end really did catch me by surprise. It shouldn’t have. It wasn’t a cheap trick like some authors have done. There were plenty of clues. I just was so wrapped up in the story that I missed it. Just as Rachel Scott McDaniel intended. Well done. For some foolish reason, I thought I’d remembered it being a Thomas Nelson book and was thrilled at the depth of spiritual truths layered into the story. Then I saw that I’d been wrong. Thank you, Smitten Historical Romance, for publishing rich Christian fiction. I’m grateful for the free review copy I was provided with, but I read the book on Kinde Unlimited. Maybe now I’ll find that copy… *whistles* There’s more to Above the Fold than immersion into the 1920s newspaper and Prohibition scene. Amid speakeasies and the seedier side of Pittsburgh, a solid mystery, a beautiful tale of faith, and a troubled but tender romance flourish on the pages. My first book to make my favorites of 2020 list. Impressive. Recommended for lovers of Christian fiction, historical fiction, 20s fiction, and words. In the words of Publisher Tillman: “I work with words every day, but in the end, only His Word matters.” Amen. Oh, and don’t’ let the lackluster synopsis/description dissuade you. The book is a million times better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Elissa Tillman grew up in a newspaper family, and she wants nothing more than to continue the tradition by making a name for herself. But the year is 1922 and women have only just been granted the right to vote, much less gained public approval for women in male-dominated workforces like journalism. Even if one's father is editor-in-chief. On the day when Elissa believes she has her first big break, the one person she never wanted to see again comes bounding into her life. Cole Parker broke her Elissa Tillman grew up in a newspaper family, and she wants nothing more than to continue the tradition by making a name for herself. But the year is 1922 and women have only just been granted the right to vote, much less gained public approval for women in male-dominated workforces like journalism. Even if one's father is editor-in-chief. On the day when Elissa believes she has her first big break, the one person she never wanted to see again comes bounding into her life. Cole Parker broke her heart years ago and has established himself quite nicely on the East Coast. Why is he now back in Pittsburgh to steal her moment and infringe on her dreams once more? Broken after his addictions caught up with him, Cole has returned home praying for a second chance. When his former mentor is murdered and his former girlfriend insists on sticking her nose into very dangerous situations, Cole is on the hunt to find the story—and to keep himself and Elissa alive. The Roaring Twenties are on full display here in Rachel Scott McDaniel's debut novel. She does a wonderful job setting the scene, with more than a little danger and intrigue during the Prohibition Era. While I enjoyed her writing style and the layered plot, it took me a long time to read this book because I'm not a fan of the frenemies-to-lovers trope. That's purely personal preference, and would actually be a draw to many readers, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. There's much to be charmed by here, and I look forward to seeing more of this author's work in the future. I received my copy of this book from JustRead Publicity Tours. All opinions in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Wardwell

    She thought her dream was within reach, but his dream might get in the way of all her plans. I wasnt sure what to expect from Rachel Scott McDaniel, but I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This new-to-me author that has blown me away with her talent, making me happy to have Above The Fold as my first read of 2020. From page 1, I found myself surrounded by an era Consumed in speakeasies, womens rights to vote, and women who wore fringed dresses while sporting bobbed haircuts. The She thought her dream was within reach, but his dream might get in the way of all her plans. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Rachel Scott McDaniel, but I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This new-to-me author that has blown me away with her talent, making me happy to have Above The Fold as my first read of 2020. From page 1, I found myself surrounded by an era Consumed in speakeasies, women’s rights to vote, and women who wore fringed dresses while sporting bobbed haircuts. The early 1900’s saw great change in our American History, and Elissa and Cole were right in the middle of it. Elissa’s determination made her a force to be reckoned with as she chased her goals to become more poised, more lucrative, more perfect. I saw every single woman in this character. We try so hard to be more than what God created us to be and in turn, telling God that what he creative wasn’t good enough. Like some many women, Elissa struggled to listen to the right voices; voices that will encourage and uplift. Cole is a man who as determined as Elissa, but having all ready achieved success in the work force, he is focused on success in another part of his life. The poor guy was up against every hurdle possible in his journey to attain his most desired dream. His back story is a touching one. It’s a story of over coming great odds to be the man his is and longs to be. Above The Fold is a captivating story of romance, mystery, and redemption. You cannot go wrong with adding this book to your TBR list. (Or grab a copy now and start reading.) **I was given a copy of this book from the publisher through CelebrateLit. The positive thoughts expressed are not required but freely given.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Ive a special affinity for the city of Pittsburgh. Its the first American city I visited, back in 1996, and something about seeing that skyline whether its through the tunnels to the south or on the highway to the north still excites me. Naturally, I love reading historical fiction set in western Pennsylvania. Above the Fold grabbed my attention in the first paragraph, where the windows of the Allegheny County Courthouse are described as soot-stained. Those few words captured the essence of I’ve a special affinity for the city of Pittsburgh. It’s the first American city I visited, back in 1996, and something about seeing that skyline – whether it’s through the tunnels to the south or on the highway to the north – still excites me. Naturally, I love reading historical fiction set in western Pennsylvania. Above the Fold grabbed my attention in the first paragraph, where the windows of the Allegheny County Courthouse are described as “soot-stained.” Those few words captured the essence of the Pittsburgh in the 1920s. I once heard that you should write what you know. Debut novelist Rachel Scott McDaniel is from western Pennsylvania, so it’s probably no surprise that she chose to set her novel in a city she knows. I loved reading about a city that I know and neighborhoods that I don’t know, and discovering historical gems known and unknown. I loved the thrill of, “I know that place,” that went through me when I recognized something, and the sense of, “Ooh, that’s interesting,” when I came across something I didn’t. The plot wasn’t bad either. Although there were misunderstandings between the main characters, they didn’t last long enough to frustrate me. Their arguments didn’t feel contrived in order to make the tale longer. Sure, there were a couple of side details that didn’t make sense – to me – but not enough to lessen my enjoyment. The dramatic conclusion made me want to read more novels with these characters, especially Cole’s cousin Sterling who had a pivotal role in the story. Overall, yes, I’d definitely read more novels by this writer… especially if she sets them in my favorite American city! Disclaimer: This review is part of a Reviewer Tour for JustRead Tours. The words and opinions below are my own.

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