Title: Shaken to the Core
Author Name & Publisher: Jae (Yiva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 15, 2016 – 386 pgs
Kate Winthrop, the only child of a wealthy shipping magnate, has the course of her life charted for her by her parents. She’s expected to marry well and produce a successor to the Winthrop empire. But Kate has a very different path in mind. Her true passion lies with photography—and with women.
Alone in the city after losing her brother, Sicilian immigrant Giuliana Russo starts working for the Winthrops as a maid. Despite their different social status, Kate and Giuliana become friends, much to the dismay of Kate’s parents.
As the connection between the two women grows, a devastating earthquake hits San Francisco and ignites fires that sweep through the city for three days and nights.
Will the disaster shatter their tentative feelings for each other, or will they find the courage to save each other’s lives—and their hearts?
Join Kate and Giuliana on a journey of danger and discovery in the action-packed historical romance Shaken to the Core, set against the backdrop of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
This is the beautiful epic tale of two women living through the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and becoming the people they want to be. Kate is from a wealthy family and meets Giuliana when she becomes a maid in her parent’s household. Giuliana’s brother has just died and it is now up to her to earn money to send home to her family in Sicily. Kate has an independent streak and wants to become a newspaper photographer, much to the consternation of her family. They are drawn to each other and begin a friendship which slowly becomes much more. They feel they must hide their deepening feelings for each other but when the earthquake strikes all the old rules begin to change and they spend more and more time together.
This is a wonderful book and I found myself totally immersed in it. The historical aspect of it is so well researched and described I felt that I could imagine the falling ash and aftershocks! Kate and Giuliana are fully involved in helping others after the quake and become invaluable to Dr Lucy, a female Dr they have become friends with. I loved her character as she was strong and feisty and gave them a shove in the right direction when they needed it. I was rooting for the two women to be together and Jae managed to tease it out so well. It was a beautifully slow tortuous tease but well worth the wait. It was so difficult for them to realise for themselves what they were feeling as neither had an awareness of lesbianism. Also the class divide and the threat of Kate’s parents finding out was real. I can’t recommend this book highly enough as it is one that will stay with me for a long time.
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Jae grew up amidst the vineyards of southern Germany. She spent her childhood with her nose buried in a book, earning her the nickname, “professor.” The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven. She works as a psychologist and likes to spend her time reading, cooking, and watching too many crime shows.
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