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Publisher's Summary

“This is a spellbinding page-turner of a book.” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale.)

A mesmerizing novel of dark family secrets and a young woman’s rise and revenge set against the backdrop of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

The eve of destruction. After her mother’s death, penniless May Kimble lives a lonely life until an aunt she didn’t know existed summons her to San Francisco. There she’s welcomed into the wealthy Sullivan family and their social circle.

Initially overwhelmed by the opulence of her new life, May soon senses that dark mysteries lurk in the shadows of the Sullivan mansion. Her glamorous cousin often disappears in the night. Her aunt wanders about in a laudanum fog. And a maid keeps hinting that May is in danger. Trapped by betrayal, madness, and murder, May stands to lose everything, including her freedom, at the hands of those she trusts most.

Then, on an early April morning, San Francisco comes tumbling down. Out of the smoldering ruins, May embarks on a harrowing road to reclaim what is hers. This tragic twist of fate, along with the help of an intrepid and charismatic journalist, puts vengeance within May’s reach. But will she take it? 

©2021 Megan Chance (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • N. Male
  • 11-02-2021

The Story Fell Flat

Carly Robins did a wonderful job narrating a story that just seemed to fizzle out in the end. Even the author seemed to be throwing everything at it towards the last hour of narration but it was too late and not satisfying. It took a long time for naive May Kimble, the main character, to smarten and toughen up and then to seek revenge. The romance part of the book came too late and was unnecessary. However, I enjoyed how the San Francisco earthquake literally saved her from her mistakes. All in all, the story was OK and a pleasant read.

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  • Dragonfly
  • 25-01-2021

distracting narrator

story was ok, but voices of narrator were distracting. a little robotic with exception of voice for main character.

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  • Lori Sang
  • 20-01-2021

Long story

I was excited for this book cuz I love historical fiction but this one fell flat for me. The story seems to go on and on forever and the main character, May Kimble was kind of irritating. She was so trusting and naive which I suppose she had to be to put her in the situation that IMO she got in. And while I love a good romance I feel like the romance in this story was a little forced and I certainly could have done without it. I was reading along while listening to this story and I’m not sure if it’s just the formatting of the ebook but there’s no discernible paragraphs or indents for characters’ dialogues. It was really hard to read, but Carly Robbins did a superb job narrating. So kudos to her!

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  • KMaxine
  • 16-04-2021

Frustrating main character

The description attracted my attention. It started slow but I expected it to pick up and get moving. The main character was so frustratingly naive it made me want to pull my hair out. Ugh! I had to force myself to continue and still I could only tolerate a little at a time. I finally gave in and gave up. I wish I could have finished the book as I was interested in the earthquake but I couldn’t keep up my suffering.

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  • Crissy
  • 11-04-2021

Very Enjoyable!

interesting plot. I thought it was well written and certainly kept me interested. I recommend it.

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  • lithespirit
  • 06-04-2021

Close...but no cigar!

The most interesting parts of the book were the description of the earthquake and its aftermath and the conditions of the asylum. The rest of the story seemed a bit too soap opera like for my taste. Characters were fun, but I almost quit reading until the secrets began. The world of the nouveau rich seemed trite and slightly canned until the introduction of deception and tangled lives. I enjoyed listening to the story, but it could have delivered a much stronger message with more originality and imagination.

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  • Marsha
  • 05-04-2021

A pleasant surprise.

I did not know what to expect with this book, but I enjoyed it very much. It started out a little slow, but the build up was necessary to understand later events in the story. The main character was a little annoying and naive in the beginning, but she grows and changes throughout the book. I also enjoyed the descriptions. I felt like I was going back in time.

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  • K.C.D.
  • 18-03-2021

Disappointing

It was a good idea poorly executed. The attempts to build tension just ended up incomplete and boring.

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  • Iread
  • 03-03-2021

Might be a good movie...?

I really wanted to like this book?! I can’t pinpoint the exact reason it didn’t keep my attention... it started very slowly, had a million characters, and the narrator was either annoying or sleepy in her “voices”. It took a LONG time to get to the meat of the story, and then veered into literal insanity, then magically resolved with a so-so conclusion. I found it very hard to pay attention and kept having to rewind, only to realize it didn’t matter anyway. After the end, I thought perhaps it would’ve been better as a movie...at least the visuals and costumes could keep the audience interested?

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  • Thelma
  • 20-02-2021

great book

I really wasn't expecting this book at all, when I started reading I instantly felt hooked but at some point, I was going to give up because the main character May was really showing so much naivety, I was pulling my hair and screaming whenever she was doing something dumb but I didn't know what was coming, the whole story gave a huge change and that's when I was glad I waited and I read until the end...

May is a character that will slowly start to develop with the story, at first you may think she is so naive, she believes everything they tell her because she is completely alone so she really didn't know she was surrounded by an entire pack of wolf who was ready to destroy her and keep anything that belonged to her.

after many terrible things, decisions, and mistakes May finally wakes up and grows some strength to fight hard for everything she lost and everything they stole from her. this is when the story gets super awesome. I was waiting for this moment when May finally pulls her pants up and starts her on great revenge, you could hear me cheering from behind go May, go May, go!!!

May didn't deserve all the things her "family" was putting her through but in the end, she never lost her dignity, her kindness her education, she was better than any rich woman in SF, and she showed that over and over again.

The Sullivans were terrible, including May's aunt all of them were evil and so ignorant they lived under pretenses and what society may think, all of them were liers and with hidden agendas that May was not aware of but I'm glad she was able to make great friends and in some way that made her succeed in many ways.

many great secondary characters that gave so much depth to this story but also very terrible characters that were so evil and so destructive. but definitely, my favorite character of all was Dante and China Joe and many more who were the ones behind everything good happening.

great narrations by Carly Robins really love her voice and how she brought so much to these amazing characters

overall good story and great characters.

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  • Mitch
  • 08-03-2021

a good story

An enjoyable story, it certainly didn't evolve predictably. The mental institution was interesting, and I finished the book hoping for a sequel.

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  • Christopher Morris
  • 24-01-2021

An Enjoyable Listen

This was my first experience with historical fiction and I really enjoyed it. I found the narrator kept me engaged and the story unfolded at a nice pace. The ending may be a little disappointing for some but I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind looking into some more of this author's work.

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