A Race to Splendor

A Race to Splendor

by Ciji Ware
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A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware

"Blindly, she inched along a floor pitching as violently as the deck of a boat in a midwinter storm. Her hands touched the threshold opening onto the ninth floor foyer at the instant the glass transom over her head exploded into a thousand pieces. Reflexively, Amelia cast her right arm in front of her face, but not before blood spurted from her scalp and ran down her checks. She crumpled beneath the doorframe, curling into a ball. Amelia screamed again as a twenty-five-foot expanse of wood paneling and masonry pitched outward and plunged nine stories to Montgomery Street below. She knew that no structure on landfill, no matter how well built, could withstand much more shaking without collapsing.


Then, just as suddenly, the convulsions subsided."


Early in 1906, the ground in San Francisco shook buildings and lives from their comfortable foundations.



Amidst rubble, corruption, and deceit, two women-young architects in a city and field ruled by men-find themselves racing the clock and each other during the rebuilding of competing hotels in the City by the Bay.



Based on meticulous research, A Race to Splendor tells the story of the audacious people of one of the world's great cities rebuilding and reinventing themselves after immense human tragedy. Filled with courage, passion, and conflict, Amelia Bradshaw's spirit will capture your imagination as she strives to redraft her life amidst the ruins with both help and hindrance from a wayward son of privilege who pulls her into worlds she'd never have known.



"Richly drawn characters...will keep you turning these pages!"

-Michael Llewellyn, author of Twelfth Night

Ciji Ware has been an Emmy-Award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and radio host. A Harvard graduate in history, she has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books, including the award-winning Island of the Swans. She and her husband of three decades live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402263262
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 309,136
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ciji Ware is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with tremendous media savvy and charisma in addition to being an author of historical fiction novels. She has appeared on the Today show to promote her books, and continues to be highly involved with her own projects in the television and film industries. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

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Roomchanger More than 1 year ago
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.
SybilDahl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
AAR More than 1 year ago
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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I was so hoping that another book about architects would be on the scale of "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan...not even close. Very mediocre writing with boring verbiage.
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Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
CIJI WARE'S "A RACE TO SPLENDOR" (A REVIEW) 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
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