A Race to Splendor

A Race to Splendor

Publisher: Ware’s first new historical novel in a decade, A Race to Splendor is an April, 2011 release from Sourcebooks Landmark, on the 105th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

ISBN: 9781402222696


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Set in the tumultuous aftermath of San Francisco’s devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, and based on the lives of several women apprenticed to famed Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect, this historical novel tells of the fiercely-fought competition between Nob Hill hotels to re-open their doors by the first anniversary of the disaster–proving to the country and the world that the city would rise from the ashes.  Amelia Hunter Bradshaw, fresh from earning her certificate in architecture at the prestigious L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, finds herself, through a series of flukes and mishaps, in the employ of the one man determined to best Miss Morgan, Amelia’s mentoress and friend.  Intrigue, political corruption, and an undeniable attraction to the mysterious James Diaz Thayer threaten not only to jeopardize her personal life, but also prove fatal to all she holds dear.

Early Praise for “Splendor:”

“…Vividly evocative of the time and place, Ware’s (Island of the Swans) first novel in ten years deftly blends history and romance in a page-turning story. From her gripping descriptions of the earthquake and its aftermath to the interplay between the protagonists, this is another winner from an excellent wordsmith.”

Library Journal

“…Ware’s trailblazing woman is a feisty host for an affecting story of the struggle to rise above the wreckage of mankind.”

Publishers Weekly


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