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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    A masterpiece and most enjoyable read.

    Those of us who are fans of Ciji's Ware's maticulously researched fictional novels set it real historical places and situations, have waited a long time for a new book and the wait was well worth it! "A Race to Splendor" is an incredibly enjoyable book to read about the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, by two female civil engineer/architects -- one real life architect Julia Morgan who actually did restore the Fairmont Hotel, and Ware's fictional Amelia Hunter Bradshaw, a protege of Julia Morgan. Ameilia's handsome adversary, J.D. Thayer is the perfect adversary "with beneifts" and the villans are dastardly, believable and probably the cause of many of the laws we have today. While reading this story it is particularly easy to feel one's self living in that era. I have loved all of Ciji Ware's books, but in my book this is her masterpiece.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Delightful!

    Vividly drawn characters and a compelling storyline propel the narrative of A Race To Splendor, Ciji Ware's latest historical novel. Set in San Francisco against the backdrop of the great 1906 earthquake and fire, the drama unfolds in the tumultuous grip of a city struggling to rebuild. Ruthless entrepreneurs, unsavory politicians, and ordinary citizens play supporting roles, as does Julia Morgan, California's first licensed female architect, in a nicely rendered cameo. The core of the novel revolves around its two main characters, the courageous, young architect Amelia Hunter Bradshaw and roguish man of integrity, J. D. Thayer. Their relationship dances throughout, creating palpable tension and a delicious sense of anticipation. Ware's reputation for masterful storytelling, meticulous research and brilliant creativity is more than confirmed by this delightful novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2011

    Historical Romance

    The author, Ciji Ware, takes the reader on a magical journey through San Francisco during the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. I enhaled every page. Her characters came alive through her descriptions, and she truly captured the history of San Francisco. A real treasure of a novel...wonderfully told!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    This book had everything I love, a strong woman, an equally strong man, headbutting, that ends in a love story... it was perfect. Ciji Ware definitely knows how to write a prominent historical novel with just the right amounts of drama, romance, history, and excitement. I fully intend to look for more of her works in the near future. The author constantly amazed me with her knowledge of the history in the early 1900's and just how hard it was for a woman to make her way in what was known as a 'man's world.'

    If you have not read any of Ciji Ware's novels you MUST do so, especially if you are a lover of great historical fiction. This author knows what she is writing about and it's not hard to see that she does her research thoroughly and to the fullest.

    -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Old San Francisco Lives Again!

    After brilliantly breathing life into historical London, Edinburgh, Natchez and New Orleans, Ware now sets her sights on fin-de-siècle San Francisco. Richly drawn characters set against the backdrop of the '06 earthquake and cataclysmic firestorm will keep you turning those pages. Ware's painstaking research and remarkable attention to detail cement her reputation as one of the most compelling authors of historical fiction working today. I can hardly wait to see where she takes us next!

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