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Stormi's Review: The Gilded Cage by Judy Alter

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Publisher: Alter Ego Press

Released: April 18th 2016

Genre: Historical Fiction

Length: 313 pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

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Chicago, from swampland to host of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, as lived by two leading historical figures: tycoon and hotelier Potter Palmer and his activist wife Bertha Honoré Palmer who fought for women’s rights and help for the poor. A story of love, major historical events, class warfare, intrigue, a forbidden love interest, and murder. A history of Chicago’s colorful Gilded Age.

Five Boundless Stars

I'll be honest with you. I knew nothing about Chicago before reading this book. This book painted a colorful picture of a quickly developing city and the men and women who helped it to do so. Potter Palmer was a man with a dream when he stepped off the train in Chicago. He made a name for himself, married a wealthy bride, and continued to help build his wealth and Chicago as a city. This book shows his life and the lives of his trusted business associates as Chicago was built from the ground up. Through the Civil War and many disasters the city stands tall. This story is one to remember. Honestly, when I first started this book I thought I wouldn't like it, but I grew to love it. It has so much history that I couldn't help but to fall in love. The characters are real and bright and really paint a picture of the upper and lower classes and how they lived. This book was a real treasure. It was written so well and kept me reading. It made me mad, sad, happy, shocked, and so many other things. It was really a great book. I loved the history, the story, and the characters. Honestly, I loved it all! I will be going and researching Chicago after this. I mean, how could I not?

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