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Highly recommended, this novel glows with a careful blend of history and romance"—Historical Novels Review "Ware's trailblazing woman is a feisty host for an affecting story of the struggle to rise above the wreckage of mankind.


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Chapter 7. Chapter 9. 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. Early in , 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.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Reflexively, Amelia cast her right arm in front of her face, but not before blood spurted from her scalp and ran down her chee "Blindly, she inched along a floor pitching as violently as the deck of a boat in a midwinter storm. Then, just as suddenly, the convulsions subsided. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 1st by Sourcebooks, Incorporated.

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San Francisco, Amelia Bradshaw returns home from her architectural studies in Paris only to find her beloved grandfather dead and the family's grand hotel on Nob Hill lost by her drunken fool of a father during a game of cards. Amelia loses her legal battle with the winner of the card game, J.

Thayer, and takes employment with her mentor, architect Julia Morgan. And just who is Julia Morgan do you ask? You can read about her on the net, but her most famous project is the little house tha San Francisco, You can read about her on the net, but her most famous project is the little house that Julia built for William Randolph Hearst.

The big earthquake hits and events take a bit of a turn for Amelia. What wasn't destroyed in the earthquake burned during the subsequent fires and that includes her beloved Bay View Hotel. Julia's firm is hired to restore the Fairmont Hotel, as well as the Bay View and the race is on to restore both hotels to their full splendor so that they can reopen on the first anniversary of the disaster.

Despite their past differences, Amelia and J. And what about her father? Is it possible he had the poker hand of a lifetime and won it all back the moment the earth shook? If so, can she find the missing cards and wrest ownership of the Bay View away from J.

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  • Despite a few quibbles towards the end, I really did enjoy this a lot and blew through it quite quickly. The architectural details and building challenges might bore some readers, but I found them fascinating. I really liked the character of Amelia, she was strong, intelligent and assertive without that annoying I Am Woman Hear Me Roar attitude you can get from some heroines. How nice that she could intelligently assert her independence and make wise choices in the face of danger instead of stupidly rushing out in the middle of night, thus requiring constant rescue by the hero : I found it very refreshing to learn that men found Amelia attractive without heaving bosoms or ripped bodices, as well as seeing the conflicts between the pair without the done to death trope of instant passion and loathing anytime a pair is in a room together.

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    Another big thumbs up to Ms. Ware for writing well-rounded baddies and showing us why they're bad instead of telling us with snarling lips, stinking breath and feral smiles. As for the quibbles? IMHO things fell apart just a tad at the end, when all of a sudden it's time for the book to end and several pages of exposition are needed to wrap up the loose ends.

    Still, I enjoyed this overall and one I would heartily recommend to others, especially those interested in San Francisco history. View all 25 comments. Jun 23, Sally rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. The back cover blurb said this novel was about the rivalry between two female architects during the rebuilding of San Francisco after the earthquake.

    It's due to that description that I borrowed this book, but I didn't exactly get what was promised. There are some excellent descriptions of San Francisco, the earthquake and the rebuilding. I could also well believe the grafting and other illegalities that went on during that period. Such practices went on in several of America's cities during The back cover blurb said this novel was about the rivalry between two female architects during the rebuilding of San Francisco after the earthquake. Such practices went on in several of America's cities during the late s and early s.

    Corruption was rife as was racism in the labor unions. The downside to this book is that it is less of a story about rivalry and more a romance. Amelia fights her attraction to JD, who won her family's hotel from her drunkard father. But a relationship seems inevitable as they work together to rebuild the hotel from the ruins. Furthermore, secrets, lies, half-truths and suspicions constantly flow around them. I initially enjoyed the book, couldn't put it down.

    But as the romance began to take center-stage and there was less and less of the rivaly I couldn't wait for it to be finished. I didn't particularly like either female architect either. Julia Morgan an historical figure was mainly in the background so it's hard to say whether or not she was accurately portrayed.

    What I didn't care for was the implication that women had to act like men in order to succeed. Maybe this was true back then, that women had to either choose a career or marriage. The description of Amelia's sexual affairs, however, left me wondering how such a woman could ever keep her reputation intact enough to make her business a success.