New York

Romance in the Gilded Age: “Magnate”

26025622Magnate by Joanna Shupe
Zebra: April 26, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

Beach Vacation

Elizabeth Sloane is a well-bred socialite; however, as readers soon discover, there’s more to Elizabeth than fashion, gossip, and social calls. Elizabeth is looking for more out of life than her station offers. Instead, Elizabeth wants to open her own stock trading company, in part, due to the fact that her brother’s company appears to be in trouble, and also because she wants to put her brain to work. When her brother denies her wish to open shop, Elizabeth approaches Emmett Cavanaugh, a rich and powerful figure that rose from the slums of Five Points to Fifth Avenue. Little does Elizabeth know that Emmett is no friend of her brothers and decides to help her open her company for reasons of his own.

Initially, Elizabeth and Emmett conspire to create a business partnership; however, private dinners and conspiring family members soon transform this arrangement into a compromising situation. One hasty wedding later, Elizabeth and Emmett are unhappily wed. There is an attraction between them, but multiple misunderstanding on the part of both parties work against the couple. At least, until a snow storm rolls into town… (more…)


Utterly Fantastic: “The Gilded Hour”

24611868The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
Berkley: September 1, 2015 (Historical Fiction)*

Outstanding Adventure

The Gilded Hour is latest (and launch of a new series) by historical fiction writer Sara Donati. Having loved her Wilderness series, I jumped at the chance to read her latest that features the ancestors of the fictional Bonner family introduced in Donati’s Wilderness. It is one of my most anticipated reads of the fall. Here, the setting in 1883 New York and focuses on two cousins, Drs. Anna Savard and Sophie Savard. Both these young doctors face trials, both personally and professionally, and through them readers are taken on a tour of historic New York. And, it’s one of those books that you finish and can’t quite let go – which makes writing a coherent review that praises the awesomeness that is this book quite difficult! (more…)

Historical New York Comes Alive in “Seven for a Secret”

17465443Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
G.P. Putnam’s Sons: September 17, 2013 (Historical Fiction; Historical Mystery)

I’d go there again!

“There’s been a robbery.”
“What’s been stolen?” I asked.
“My family,” she answered me (p. 6).

Seven for a Secret is the second in Faye’s Timothy Wilde Mysteries trilogy. In Gods of Gotham Tim Wilde reluctantly took up the profession of copper star for the newly formed police force of New York. Flush with the success of events from the first book, young Tim is admittedly confident about his skills as a copper when Seven for a Secret begins. Six months have passed since the previous book, and Tim has settled into his job and has experienced success after success for his particular talent of solving crimes after they’ve happened. However, when a young black woman, Lucy Adams, burst into his office reporting that her family has been stolen, Tim’s convictions of what’s right will be sorely tested. (more…)

“The Gods of Gotham” Exceeds Expectations

11890816The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Putnam Adult: March 15, 2012 (Historical Fiction; Historical Mystery)

Outstanding Adventure

Becoming a policeman of the Sixth Ward of the city of New York was an unwelcome surprise to me.

It’s not the work I imagined myself doing at twenty-seven, but then again I’d bet all the other police would tell it the same, since three months ago this job didn’t exist (p. 7).

The Gods of Gotham was a fantastic, gritty and engrossing read. Not only are readers introduced to complicated and compelling characters, but also the immersed in the historical period of 1845 New York, and it’s not pretty.

Timothy Wilde tends bar, makes a good living, and is on the verge of making his intentions know to his beloved, Mercy Underhill. When a fire rips through his workplace and home, leaving him scarred, Tim finds himself without a living and his savings gone. Tim’s older brother Valentine, a politically connected man, secures Tim a new vocation, one that he claims Tim will take to “like a bird to air”. Timothy Wilde reluctantly finds himself one of the first copper stars of the newly formed police force of New York. (more…)