New York City, 1975: Decent-hearted but spoiled Jewish college kid Ben Steiner is naively possessed by an overwhelming desire to be cool. At a springtime party on the night of his twenty-first birthday, he meets two people: Rebecca Glaser, the longed-for sweet girl of his dreams, and P.T. Deighland, a beguilingly knavish wiseacre from Princeton. Seduced by Deighland’s cocksure irreverence while simultaneously succumbing to his own temptations, Ben makes a cascading series of unfortunate choices which not only threaten his budding relationship with Rebecca but expose him to ruin at the hands of a ravishing but ruthless fashion model named Anthea Montague. 

Against the background of a vanished period in American history, STAINER offers a bittersweet nostalgic trip back to a less complex world, during a time of incautious excesses that, while deceptively fun and carefree, in due course forced many unwary youngsters like Benjamin Steiner to learn some necessary -albeit painful- lessons about growing up.

Stainer is a poignant read that will move you and shock you all at the same time. It is an engrossing read that enthralled me from beginning to end; everything about this novel was phenomenal but one attribute stood out the most and that was the powerful writing that compels the reader to feel. As well as this the reader comes across well rounded, believable characters and a riveting plot that will leave you breathless for days… trust me, this still shocked me a long time after finishing it and that shows what a terrific writer Iolanthe Woulff is! Already I would implore you lovely readers that you read Stainer but if you need more convincing then please do read the rest of my review!  

Stainer’s synopsis is hard-hitting as well as magnetic. It took my breath away on more than one occasion thanks to the novels shocking plot and brilliant literature; it definitely is a hard-hitting, poignant read but it is important and it deserves to be read by everybody thanks to the sheer genius between the pages. Never once did I get bored reading this book, it is a diverse read that keeps you motivated to read until the very end and this is thanks to the authors exceptional writing as well as the novels incredible storyline.  

Stainer follows the protagonist of the novel Ben Steiner in 1975 America. Ben is a Jewish man as well as a Columbia undergraduate student who is trying to ‘fit in’ amongst his peers. Everything seems to be going swimmingly for Ben, after all, he is a good character at heart who has a good moral compass but when he attends a party on his twenty-first birthday, his life will change forever. He meets a man called P.T. Deighland as well as a young woman named Rebecca Glaser; these two people will change his life forever, both for the better and the worse. Deighland is a terrible influence, young men are impressionable, so are women and Ben is not the strongest so he is led astray down a dangerous path. He becomes involved with drugs and alcohol and soon his life is in ruins and this is the premise of this poignant novel. 

Now that I have discussed the synopsis of Stainer I now want to discuss my general thoughts on the story of Stainer for you lovely readers so that you can decide whether you would like to read the fascinating book or not. I desperately hope that my review is already compelling you to pick up the book and I hope this because I do not want you, readers, to miss out on this brilliant gem of a read!  

Stainer is a powerful, hard-hitting story, it is the type of novel that will make you feel a bunch of different emotions, it is very moving and because I am a parent it moved me even more. I loved being apart of Ben’s journey but at the same time, it was devastating because every time he made a poor decision my maternal side was screaming to hug and protect him! He may be 21 in this novel but everybody needs a maternal figure now and then and this is how I felt. It was painful at times but moving at other times.  

The story was incredibly dynamic, unique piece of work that floored me on more than one occasion, the pacing of the story was wonderfully written and plotted so that I did not get bored at any given time. I always measure my likeness of a book on whether I find myself looking at the page number; if I do in fact do this I know that the novel is taking its toll… in other words it is dragging and I want it to end but Stainer was different than this and not like this at all as never once did I find myself referring to the page number and that is a sure sign that Stainer is a compelling piece of work that draws the reader in and captivates them to read it quickly and to reach the end of the book very fast.    

The author of the novel Iolanthe Woulff is a talented writer who knows how to write an incredibly moving story. I was touched how she took the reader on Ben’s journey of self-discovery, she wonderfully created and executed his character perfectly. She made me deeply invested his story and where he will go. As well as this Woulff managed to paint the perfect picture of 1970’s New York! New York City is a place I love and because I am obsessed with different eras, I adored being transported to this wonderful but crazy city. Woulff’s writing was radiant, her words really did shine off the page and I believe that everybody will love this novel, how can you not? It is wonderful!  

To summarize my thoughts on the charismatic novel that is Stainer I would say if you are a reader who Is tired of reading the same old books that are lackluster and forgettable then take a chance with Stainer because I promise you now that you will not be disappointed. It is a novel that has everything the reader would want in a read and so much more; it has spine-tingling good content, dynamic, memorable characters, a charismatic author that writes beautifully and wonderfully so and lastly it is an all-around, interesting, memorable read that you will not be disappointed if you choose to read it. My rating for this wonderful book is Five Stars!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers, I deeply appreciate it and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Stainer; do you see yourself reading this book? Is it not your usual cup of tea? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!   

Goodbye for now book lovers,    

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!

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