Jeri Devlin goes to New York on October 23rd, 1999, to try to find her brother, Paul, who vanished mysteriously six months before. She stays overnight at the same hotel and in the same room he stayed in before he vanished, and when she wakes up in the morning, it’s October 24th, 1929. Very quickly, Jeri gets some good news and some bad news: Paul is here in the past, too. And he doesn’t remember her or the future. Jeri is determined to rescue Paul and to survive here in a past that seems familiar and alien by turns. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love.
This is a wonderful recreation of the world of 1929, with a loving attention both to the details of everyday life, and to the reactions of a modern-day woman suddenly plunged into the world of 70 years before. Unlike some time-travel romances, the period detail is as important as any of the characters, and the heroine spends as much time reacting to 1929 as she does to the hero, the dishy gangster Lex Rose. Night Jazz made me instantly made me want to pack my bags and find a time machine. Read it even if you never read romances: it’s that much fun.