When insurance tycoon, Cornelius Nordeman, is recruited to work for the Exposition Corporation, the New Yorker brings his family to live at the Palmer House Hotel, far away from any reminders of a recent tragedy. He’s hopeful this move will offer respite from his family’s grief. Elizabeth Nordeman, his daughter, has something to prove, which leads her to seek work as a florist at Marshall Field’s, Chicago’s finest department store. John Lewis knows something is different and intriguing about the new florist he hired. When his boss, Marshall Field, informs him that Elizabeth is the Nordeman heiress, his job suddenly becomes more complicated–especially when he finds himself falling for her. On the eve of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago prepares to prove that it’s a first-class city, and the brightest minds from around the country will plan the most spectacular fair the world has seen. The World’s Fair will bring change and innovation into a society bound tightly by class and tradition. Elizabeth’s heart longs to push against those boundaries, so what’s holding her back?
Disclaimer: Although I received a copy of this book from the author and JustRead Publicity Tours, the words and opinions below are my own.
I have many casual interests, but two are the Gilded Age and the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Because of those, Palmer Girl grabbed my attention even though I’d not read anything by Dawn Klinge, and it’s self-published. Hey, life is full of new experiences, and new experiences is part of what makes this book great to read. Elizabeth steps out of her world, despite her mother’s wishes, and John has already left the family farm when we meet him. Continue reading