Postcards from Wonderland (Paperback)

By Rona Simmons

Deeds Publishing, 9781941165645, 328pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2015



One night, at the end of an alley, Rose Margolin's world changes forever. Everything she's ever known and trusted is pulled like a rug from beneath her feet. Everyone sees Isador for the dreamer he is-he's a talker and ambitious to a fault. Everyone, that is, except his wife, Rose, who ignores the warnings. She is in love and determined to follow Isador wherever he leads, never imagining she'll find herself sitting across a table from one of Revere Beach's Prohibition-era mob bosses. Or that she'll seek help from Jacob Moll her young neighbor, and from Samuel Bloom-better known as Earl the Ear-one of the mob's most feared leg-breakers. The setting for Rona Simmons's second novel is no accident. The beach at Revere, once known as "America's Beach," was home to Wonderland Park, an extravagant amusement park some consider a precursor to Disneyland. It was unlike any park seen before. But Wonderland proved unsustainable, bankrupting its founders and dashing their dreams. The park soon vanished, leaving behind only memories and postcards. ..".Simmons manages to mix grit and tenderness, violence and love, and she makes the reader follow Rose, and root for her, to the final page." -ROLAND MERULLO, Bestselling author of Revere Beach Boulevard.

Praise For Postcards from Wonderland

In POSTCARDS FROM WONDERLAND, her second novel, Rona Simmons brings us a heroine to cheer for. The touching journey of Rose Margolin whose life is turned upside down and inside out when she comes face to face with 1920s bootleggers and mob bosses is one readers won't likely forget. Definitely one for my keeper shelf.
Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author
Rona Simmons has created a world replete with tortured characters, broken hearts, betrayal, crime and passion. Set against the gritty backdrop of Revere Beach in 1921, this story grabbed me by the throat and transported me, along with characters I both loved and hated, taking us all on a journey of ruin and redemption that doesn’t conclude until the last, satisfying page. Stunning!”
Kimberly Brock, Georgia Author of the Year 2013
"Postcards from Wonderland offers gritty views of the Roaring Twenties, with an innocent young woman, Rose, increasingly victimized by the schemes of her mobster-wannabe husband. Replete with historical details and crackling emotion, this tragic story will linger with you."

George Weinstein, author of The Caretaker, The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno, and Hardscrabble Road

In POSTCARDS FROM WONDERLAND, Rona Simmons does a memorable job of capturing the long-disappeared days of Revere’s Shirley Avenue neighborhood. Among a swirl of intrigue linked to the Jewish Mob, and the glitz and fun of the beach amusements, she plants Rose Margolin, the essence of a strong, loving, female character. Rose’s difficult marriage draws her into an impossible situation, but with fine detail and smooth prose, Simmons manages to mix grit and tenderness, violence and love, and she makes the reader follow Rose, and root for her, to the final page.

Roland Merullo, Bestselling author of The Return and Revere Beach Boulevard