Book Review: Above The Fold

24 Jan

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.

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.


My Impressions:

Fans of historical romance are in for a treat with Rachel Scott McDaniel’s debut novel, Above The Fold. Engaging characters, interesting historical details, a true puzzler, and a sweet romance make this a recommended read. I loved visiting Pittsburg in the roaring ’20s and look forward to more trips back to the past with McDaniel.

Elissa has ink in her veins as the third generation newpaperwoman. At least that is what she wants to become if she can overcome society’s expectations. A proponent of women’s rights, she longs for an equal footing in the newsroom. Star reporter Cole Parker is back after a five year absence. He longs to make amends, but hurt feelings are hard to overcome. Together these main characters compete in the newsroom, while battling their attraction. I loved Cole’s pursuit of Elissa — tender and protective — even as I loved her fight for independence. Both characters have issues with perceptions — some from society, others self-imposed. Their strengths compliment each other and bolster each other’s weaknesses. Theirs is a great partnership. I also liked that while the two formed a team, they recognized that God should be their main focus regardless of other relationships. While the romance between the two is front and center, the mystery surrounding a murder investigation kept the pages turning. There are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises along the way.

A quick read, Above The Fold will transport you back to an exciting era. Glad I made the trip!


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to NetGalley and JustRead Blog Tours for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


4 Responses to “Book Review: Above The Fold”

  1. Rachel Scott Mcdaniel January 24, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

    Wow! What a thoughtful and lovely review!!! Your kind words about Above the Fold made my day! Thank you❤️❤️❤️

    • rbclibrary January 24, 2020 at 1:12 pm #


  2. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog January 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm #

    This was such a FUN story! I loved it, too!

    • rbclibrary January 27, 2020 at 6:59 am #


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