Joanna Shupe grabbed my attention in the first chapter of this book where we meet her hero, the Magnate, and her heroine, Elizabeth; especially Elizabeth since she is unlike most of the ladies of her time because she wants to make her own money. The author also pulled me into her story with a setting that grabbed my attention--1887, New York.
First, Emmett, is the “Magnate” and the hero of this book. He grew up poor in a bad part of New York, Five Points. He got into gangs to put food on table for his mother and his brother, Brendan, after his father left them. His mother later remarried and had two daughters, however, she soon ran away after Brendan got ran over by a wagon and both of his legs were broken since she could not deal with guilt. This gave Emmett the motivation to get out of Five Point and make a good life for himself and his siblings.
Second, Elizabeth grew up in a wealthy family where she was always given things she wanted by her brother who took care of her after their parents died. Yet she always played with the stock market, never making any money since woman of her time could not buy stock for themselves since it was not considered a “woman’s job” at all by men in her time. Elizabeth was told by her brother Will to leave men’s work alone and concentrate on getting a husband! As you can guess this did not sit well with her so Elizabeth decides to open up her own stock trading company, but she needs a male backing it. So she meets with Emmett for the first time.
Last, Joanna Shupe pulled me into her world of 1887, New York by creating a picture in my mind with descriptions of the huge buildings of New York, the stock exchange, the mansions and the restaurants of the time; including the huge snowstorm that covered the city in 1887.
I did notice one problem with the overall book. There was a problem with the writing flow; it chugs along at a steady pace and doesn’t pick up any speed even when a fight breaks out.
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