Gilded Age

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Imagine

It’s 1896, and in San Francisco, successful, hard-working attorney Margaret Huntington Smith has been urged by her father, a judge, to take a well-deserved vacation.  Knowing she won’t go unless given a push (in the best way) he’s brought her a first class ticket for a cruise to “French Oce ...

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The Devil of Downtown

The Devil of Downtown is hot little slice of Gilded Age New York City.  Watching the last Greene sister fall in lust, admiration and love while fighting the cruelties of the world provided me with yet another wonderful treat. Justine Greene (sister Florence and Mamie, heroines of books one and t ...

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A Gilded Lady

A Gilded Lady is the absolutely fantastic second book in the Hope and Glory series set in the dazzling world of Washington D.C.’s Gilded Age. Fans of the first story - The Spice King - will recognize the heroine as a secondary character in that volume but you don’t need to have read that novel t ...

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An Heiress to Remember

Life is pretty scary right now, and diversions can feel few and far between, but don't despair! Maya Rodale's An Heiress to Remember, the third installment in her Gilded Age Girls' Club series, made me smile pretty much from start to finish. On the surface, it's a light-hearted love story, but if yo ...

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Cartier's Hope

I've been meaning to pick up one of M.J. Rose’s novels for the past couple of years, but I always seemed to get distracted by other books. But when I learned her latest novel, Cartier's Hope, was set in early 1900's New York, I moved it to the top of my TBR list, and I'm so glad I did! Vera Gar ...

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The Prince of Broadway

A spicy story of gamblers and ruthlessness, The Prince of Broadway is a unique experience and one heck of a way to end 2019. Clayton Madden is a rough-and-tumble casino owner who can make or break a man with a flick of his finger.  All the high society types come to wager at his casino -his prid ...

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Some Like It Scandalous

I flew through Duchess by Design, the first book in Maya Rodale's Gilded Age Girls' Club series, a couple of months ago, and was super excited to pick up this second installment. Some Like it Scandalous is a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance, filled with all the sparkling wit and sizzling chemist ...

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The Rogue of Fifth Avenue

I was really pleased when I learned that Frank Tripp, high-flying lawyer to the rich and famous of Gilded Age New York, would be getting his own story in The Rogue of Fifth Avenue the first book in Joanna Shupe’s new Uptown Girls series. Handsome, charming and urbane, Frank made for an attractive, ...

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Duchess by Design

Maya Rodale opens up her new series set in Gilded Age New York with Duchess by Design. Brandon Alexander Fiennes, the brand-new Duke of Kingston, has inherited an impoverished estate and has no idea what to do about it.  He desperately wants to restore Lyon House to its former glory, but with h ...

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A Notorious Vow

A Notorious Vow is the third and final book in Joanna Shupe's Four Hundred series, but don't worry if you haven't yet read the first two as this one stands perfectly well on its own. The couple from A Daring Arrangement (book one), makes a brief appearance here and I enjoyed catching up with them, b ...