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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    REBUILDING LIVES AFTER DESTRUCTION! A RACE TO SPENDOR BY CIJI WARE...

    A RACE TO SPLENDOR by Ciji Ware is another interesting historical fiction set in 1906 San Francisco. It is written with depth and details.It has the earthquake of 1906, rebuilding lives, corruption, splendor,power,fortune,tragedy,rivalry,heartache,intrigue,andrebuilding a city from ashes to splendor. This is the the story of two women,the destruction and rebuilding of San Francisco,and the people whose lives where changed forever. History and fiction is interwined to create an interesting and compelling story of San Francisco in 1906,its people,their truimphs and their tragedies.If you enjoy history,facts,and the people of this era you will enjoy this story.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher.Details can be found at Sourcebooks,Landmark,a division of Sourcebooks,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

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    Historical Fiction Of The Early 1900's

    The year is 1906. Amelia Bradshaw has just returned to her beloved San Francisco from Paris, where she is one of the first women to become an architect. But her return is hardly a happy one. Her beloved grandfather has died. Even though he left her the family fortune built with one of San Francisco's most prominent hotels, disaster is waiting.

    Her father gambles away the family hotel in a drunken all night gambling spree. Although the will states that it is Amelia and not he who holds legal title, and although California has recently passed laws giving women the right to control their own property, laws must be interpreted in courts by judges. Amelia is unlucky enough to draw a judge adamantly opposed to the new freedoms given to women and he awards the hotel to her father's poker opponent.

    Left destitute, Amelia joins the first female architectural firm, headed by one of her college friends and mentors. But worse is waiting. Within a month, the great earthquake of San Francisco occurs. The city is almost destroyed. Amelia survives and now must do her part to make her way in the world and to help rebuild the city she loves, and the hotel she has lost to a charming scoundrel.

    Ciji Ware is acknowledged as one of the best historical fiction authors, and she does not disappoint in A Race to Splendor. Meticulously researched, she transports the reader to turn of the century San Francisco and makes them feel the devastation and the pioneering spirit that rebuilt the city. The characters are sympathetic and the romance between Amelia and her rival is believable. The world seems to be in another cycle of devastating earthquakes the last few years, and Ware makes the reader feel the devastation in a new light, not only the few minutes of terror, but the aftermath of months of privation and the strength needed to rebuild. This book is recommended for readers interested in historical fiction and the start of women professional lives.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Very enjoyable. Easy to read.

    I read this during a week I was visiting Berkeley, and enjoyed being carried back to 104 years ago when society had different ideas of what male and female should be able to do. Also, the writer did a good job of carrying you back to the great earthquake that destroyed San Francisco, and gave you a taste of what it was like to survive not only the event itself, but to live in the devastation that followed.
    There was a little too much of the romance novel atmosphere in the relationship between the heroine and the man she had to contend with, though, so it fell a bit short of being a candidate for a classic book.

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