City of Ash: A Novel

City of Ash: A Novel

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by Megan Chance
     
 

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When the great Seattle fire of 1889 leaves them with nothing to lose, two very different women discover a mutual passion for revenge.
 
Chicago socialite and art patron Geneva Langley has brought scandal to her family for the last time. Her latest and boldest act of immodesty is too much for her father to bear, and he banishes her to Seattle, along

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When the great Seattle fire of 1889 leaves them with nothing to lose, two very different women discover a mutual passion for revenge.
 
Chicago socialite and art patron Geneva Langley has brought scandal to her family for the last time. Her latest and boldest act of immodesty is too much for her father to bear, and he banishes her to Seattle, along with her scheming, ambitious husband, Nathan. Seattle is a far cry from Chicago—the streets are muddy, the society backward, and Ginny feels stifled and alone.
 
Despite her considerable talent, Beatrice Wilkes is an actress whose dream of being a leading lady is fading rapidly. She can’t believe her luck when a new production gives her a chance at stardom, but Geneva Langley seizes the opportunity for her own and unwittingly crushes Bea’s last dream.
 
The two women engage in a fierce battle for center stage, but the great Seattle fire, which ravages the city, changes their fates and plans. In its aftermath, Ginny and Bea see an opportunity to change their lives: but it would mean banding together to enact a truly wicked plan. Their dark and perilous alliance will set them on the path to either redemption or damnation.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Leave it to Chance (Prima Donna) to pen a fine historical that's both a gripping novel and a study of the constraints placed on 19th-century women. When 23-year-old bohemian heiress Geneva "Ginny" Stratford oversteps the boundaries of propriety by posing nude for a painting exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1888, a humiliated Papa dispatches Ginny and her husband, Nathan Langley, to faraway Seattle, Washington Territory. Bad news outpaces the couple's transportation, and Seattle society snubs Ginny as she steps off the train. A virtual prisoner inside her own home, Ginny grabs at the opportunity when Nathan suggests she become a patron of playwright Sebastian DeWitt. DeWitt's new play, written for Beatrice Wilkes, a local actress who's become Nathan's mistress, inspires Ginny, who's blind to Nathan's ulterior motives. After Seattle burns to the ground, however, Ginny and Beatrice become unlikely allies. Stellar characterization, terrific dialogue, and a twisty plot make this story of old-time Seattle pop. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307461049
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
612,563
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

MEGAN CHANCE is the author of Prima Donna, The Spiritualist, An Inconvenient Wife, and Susannah Morrow.  A former television news photographer, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.


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City of Ash 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had this book on my nook for quite sometime, but haven't gotten around to reading it until I had to take my car in for a break job. Luckily for me, that lasted three hours and I had the book finished. I absolutely could not put this book down! I fell in love with both of the leading ladies immediately. These women are both self centered, selfish children yet, they both are endearing and caring. This is a great novel and I cannot wait to read more from this author.
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Authur provides insight into time period and moraes of the day. Interesting characters and storyline, making this book a real page turner.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Author provides insight into the moraes of this time period. Interesting characters and storyline making it a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A large bramble bush reinforced with ferns and sticks. Inside is a few thick moss nests.
Melissa Lewis More than 1 year ago
Loved it just as much as her others. The ending was great, but I hated that I had finished the book. Can't wait for her next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Run, don't walk, to the bookstore to find a copy of this wonderful, atmospheric novel. Ms. Chance is my go-to author for meaty, emotional historical fiction, and she certainly doesn't disappoint in this page turner of a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stormykit goes up to Stormkit and says hi im stormykit and our names are very similar. Wanna be friends? <p> Speckledkit hides in the corner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firekit was there in essence to stalk the convo he's missing o.o))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She cheered with her littermate. Then turned to Stormykit. "Okay." Her bright green eyes traveled warmly over them. "Lets go see Firekit, Flamekit." She jumped out of the nursery, looking back at Fawnstep. "Is that okay?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She mewed, "i suppose so, but come back here once your done!" <p> Flamekit mewed "yay!!" And ran out with Stormkit(read cloud's post there please!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles exitedly..lust pushing everything else from his mind