A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware

By Ciji Ware

"Blindly, she inched alongside a ground pitching as violently because the deck of a ship in a midwinter hurricane. Her fingers touched the edge commencing onto the 9th ground lobby on the fast the glass transom over her head exploded right into a thousand items. Reflexively, Amelia solid her correct arm in entrance of her face, yet no longer sooner than blood spurted from her scalp and ran down her assessments. She crumpled underneath the doorframe, curling right into a ball. Amelia screamed back as a twenty-five-foot expanse of wooden paneling and masonry pitched outward and plunged 9 tales to Montgomery highway lower than. She knew that no constitution on landfill, regardless of how good equipped, may possibly face up to even more shaking with out collapsing. Then, simply as by surprise, the convulsions subsided." Early in 1906, the floor in San Francisco shook constructions and lives from their cozy foundations. Amidst rubble, corruption, and deceit, women-young architects in a urban and box governed by means of men-find themselves racing the clock and every different through the rebuilding of competing inns within the urban through the Bay. in response to meticulous study, A Race to elegance tells the tale of the audacious humans of 1 of the world's nice towns rebuilding and reinventing themselves after vast human tragedy. packed with braveness, ardour, and clash, Amelia Bradshaw's spirit will seize your mind's eye as she strives to redraft her lifestyles amidst the ruins with either aid and situation from a wayward son of privilege who pulls her into worlds she'd by no means have identified. "Richly drawn characters...will maintain you turning those pages!" -Michael Llewellyn, writer of 12th evening (20110214)

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Mrs. Henry Bradshaw is divorcing her husband on grounds of habitual drunkenness and mismanagement of her funds. Furthermore, Miss Bradshaw is not a child, but a mature woman of thirty and therefore in no need of guardianship, especially by a known drunkard. Mr. Bradshaw has, as these letters reveal, shown no steady guidance whatsoever. Rather, he constantly indulged in strong spirits while sacrificing the Bay View Hotel in an all-night poker match with Mr. ” Haggerty’s frown deepened, but her lawyer drew a deep breath and continued stating his client’s case.

Besides wanting to express my thanks for your support, Julia, I’m here to see about employment. Can you take me on, as you said you might? ” she added with deliberate emphasis. Julia glanced down at her desk. ” She shook her head. “I don’t need to tell you, it’s an uphill battle, being the only female in a male profession. ” “You can’t? ” Stunned, she sank back into the chair and stared at the woman she had hoped would serve as a professional mentor. All her hopes, all her assumptions of at least six years came crashing down to earth.

Playing the victor was more likely, fumed Amelia. It disturbed her that the fellow appeared so cocksure of himself. His glance might even have been construed flirtatious, if she hadn’t been painfully schooled in the ways a man might appear to be showing a lady deference when, in fact, he only used that ploy to secure something else he desired. D. Thayer was a handsome devil, in the same way Etienne had been a vastly attractive creature. Amelia certainly knew enough by now not to trust that either one of them had her best interests at heart.

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