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31 Bond Street

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Ellen Horan

*Starred Review* Scandal, social climbing, and corruption in Manhattan during the 1850s come alive in Horan’s historical mystery. Emma Cunningham, a widow with two teenage daughters, becomes financially and emotionally involved with Harvey Burdell, … see full wiki

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Author: Ellen Horan
Publisher: Harper
2 reviews about 31 Bond Street
review by . October 13, 2010
Splendid entertainment set in historic NYC
I love books that are set in old New York City and this one, based on an actual historical event, doesn't disappoint. It's the story of Emma Cunningham, a widow with two daughters who is pressed for money and struggling to hang on to her place in middle class, "respectable" society. The year is 1857, right before the Civil War, and like other women of her time and class, Emma is severely restricted by the social customs -- not to mention the laws -- of the day. If she is not able …
review by . June 14, 2010
The 1850's. Manhattan's elite are only just setting out to make 5th Avenue their enclave. The rest of the population is simply trying to earn a living. Displaced Native Americans, runaway or freed slaves, and unmarried women are particularly vulnerable to the twists and turns of fortune. Emma Cunningham, mother of two adolescent daughters, is desperately searching for a man to replace their now deceased father. Emma believes she has found him in prosperous dentist Harvey Burdell, who wines and dines …
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