"Blindly, she inched along a floor pitching as violently as
the deck of a boat in a midwinter storm. Her hands touched the
threshold opening onto the ninth floor foyer at the instant the
glass transom over her head exploded into a thousand pieces.
Reflexively, Amelia cast her right arm in front of her face, but
not before blood spurted from her scalp and ran down her checks.
She crumpled beneath the doorframe, curling into a ball. Amelia
screamed again as a twenty-five-foot expanse of wood paneling and
masonry pitched outward and plunged nine stories to Montgomery
Street below. She knew that no structure on landfill, no matter how
well built, could withstand much more shaking without
Then, just as suddenly, the convulsions subsided."
Early in 1906, the ground in San Francisco shook buildings and
lives from their comfortable foundations.
Amidst rubble, corruption, and deceit, two women-young architects
in a city and field ruled by men-find themselves racing the clock
and each other during the rebuilding of competing hotels in the
City by the Bay.
Based on meticulous research, A Race to Splendor tells the story
of the audacious people of one of the world's great cities
rebuilding and reinventing themselves after immense human tragedy.
Filled with courage, passion, and conflict, Amelia Bradshaw's
spirit will capture your imagination as she strives to redraft her
life amidst the ruins with both help and hindrance from a wayward
son of privilege who pulls her into worlds she'd never have
"Richly drawn characters...will keep you turning these
-Michael Llewellyn, author of Twelfth Night