By Ciji Ware
"Blindly, she inched alongside a flooring pitching as violently because the deck of a ship in a midwinter typhoon. Her fingers touched the edge beginning onto the 9th flooring lobby on the rapid 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 prior to 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 road lower than. She knew that no constitution on landfill, regardless of how good equipped, might stand up to even more shaking with no collapsing. Then, simply as all at once, the convulsions subsided." Early in 1906, the floor in San Francisco shook structures 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 lodges within the urban by way of the Bay. according to meticulous examine, A Race to beauty tells the tale of the audacious humans of 1 of the world's nice towns rebuilding and reinventing themselves after enormous human tragedy. packed with braveness, ardour, and clash, Amelia Bradshaw's spirit will catch your mind's eye as she strives to redraft her lifestyles amidst the ruins with either aid and crisis from a wayward son of privilege who pulls her into worlds she'd by no means have recognized. "Richly drawn characters...will hold you turning those pages!" -Michael Llewellyn, writer of 12th evening (20110214)
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Dug into his vest pocket and swiftly laid out several small strips of paper. ” Amelia drew closer to the desk and peered down. “Those may be his IOUs, but as I said before, Mr. Thayer, the Bay View Hotel and its assets were never his to wager. ” “You can’t just ignore—” Amelia held up a hand. “Ah… but I have a plan to reconfigure that space you built so shoddily, shore it up properly, and then turn it into additional hotel rooms. ” She was a clever woman, he’d allow her that, but the only compensation he’d accept was clear title to the Bay View Hotel.
Poised like a predator, the unspent power waited, silent and sinister, for the uncharted moment when it would explode from its compacted lair to confront each soul who crossed its path —and teach humility to all who survived its brutal assault. —Anonymous Prologue 16 February 1906 No. 7 Rue de Lille, Paris By post to: Miss Julia Morgan, Architect 456 Montgomery Street San Francisco, California United States of America My dear Julia: I write to you both in sorrow and elation—the sorrow, as you can well imagine, occasioned by the news last month of the passing of my adored grandfather, Charles McQuinty Hunter.
7 Rue de Lille, Paris By post to: Miss Julia Morgan, Architect 456 Montgomery Street San Francisco, California United States of America My dear Julia: I write to you both in sorrow and elation—the sorrow, as you can well imagine, occasioned by the news last month of the passing of my adored grandfather, Charles McQuinty Hunter. I am sure you have read by now in some vile publication of our most recent family disgrace involving my father and our beloved Bay View. The unhappy news of my grandfather’s death and the loss of our family’s hotel due to my father’s misdeeds arrived in the person of Mother herself, standing at my very door on the Rue de Lille, surrounded by a clutch of massive trunks.
A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware