Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club) by Joanna Shupe


Scandalous Gilded Era – Must Read

The writing and the narration are superb.

4.5 stars

Ms. Shupe has transformed the Gilded Era in Magnate.  I love a really good historical romance and this one did not disappoint.  The characters were well flushed and both Lizzy and Emmett.  Even though Lizzy’s brother was up to no good, he was still a character that I would like to get to know a little better.  Lizzy and her brother came from a wealthy family.  Both were brought up in high society and Lizzy is beautiful and well bred.  The only issue with Lizzy is that she want to open her own brokerage firm.  This era did not allow women to work, much less own their own business.  Lizzy seeks help from Emmett of which a scandal was feared to be broken down.  They both agree to marry initially for the wrong reasons.

Lizzy loves Emmett’s two sisters and the young girls want and need a mother figure especially when they get older.  The obvious love  between this little group is heartwarming.  Lizzy and Knickerbocker way’s may have proven accustomed for their day, but would most certainly work in today’s society.  Lizzy is an independent woman looking for more in life, rather than just being a wife and future mother.  She doesn’t care what others think and lets them know this at her best friend’s birthday dinner party.

I really enjoyed this book, which was mixed with historical dialogue and the misunderstandings of both Lizzie and Emmett.  This reader was rooting that they both get off their high horse and be together.  I am looking forward to book two,  but the second installment will not be released until Oct. 2016.

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

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