Baltimore, 1849. During a scandalous crisis, the young Irish Brianna Baird flees her home at Fells Point. With little cash and only a seamstress’s trade, she braves the hypnotic streets of New Orleans. The tantalizing Madam DeSalle lures her to her brothel, then sells her to the dashing but questionable gambler, Edward Spina, who falls in love with her. In a tawdry alliance with these two profiteers, Brianna embarks on a journey through the French Quarter’s debauched and glittering Voodoo world. Facing the horrors of slavery, she triumphs by gaining freedom papers for her maid Emma’s enslaved husband and son. Brianna and Edward escape with them to San Francisco. There she becomes one of the most sought after madams in the gold rush parlor house trade. But will her fame and pluck be enough to save Edward from the Vigilante noose? This is the first book in the American Madams series.
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Five Star Review on Amazon By Teresa J. Sewell
I love historical fiction, and if you are a fan, you will enjoy Madam of the Heart.. I loved the way Ms. Grossenbacher grabbed my attention from the first page til the end. She accurately describes Baltimore, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Her research is reflected in the details about fashion, language and lifestyle. She includes a variety of major and minor characters and makes it possible to have an emotional reaction to them. It was fun to see how she developed the characters and the arc. I strongly encourage you to read Madam of the Heart. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this trilogy!
About the Author
Gini Grossenbacher taught high school English until she abandoned grading term papers to write historical novels instead. She loves researching the history behind her novels, and enjoys traveling to the settings where they take place. In addition to writing her own historical novels, Gini leads small writing groups and coaches other writers. Her hobbies include needlepoint, nature walks, and Scrabble. She lives in the Sacramento Valley where she grew up, east of San Francisco.
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