A descendant of presidents John and John Quincy Adams, and the black sheep of her family, astrologer Evangeline Adams flees provincial Boston in 1899 to launch her business in New York City. On the train ride, she casts her own horoscopic chart. Her findings--death on November 10, 1932 and an unusual intimate union--alarm her. Soon after, she meets actress and suffragist Emma Sheridan-Fry, and she spends the rest of her life torn between society's restrictions and the trail-blazing nature that made her one of the most prominent female businesswomen of her time. Peopled with real historical figures, including J.P. Morgan, King Edward VII, Enrico Caruso, Rudolph Valentino, Charles Schwab, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Sheridan-Fry (who was known to have been a "companion" of Evangeline's) and occult figure Aleister Crowley, Evangeline The Seer of Wall St. immerses readers in a New York populated with the Wall Street wealthy and the downtrodden, all of whom visited Evangeline's Carnegie Hall office.
A bit taboo for the time period
This book is definitely something I would call Taboo. It was about a woman from the late 1800's to the mid 1900's who was an astrologer, a woman of business, and one who seemed attracted to women instead of men. The reason I say taboo is because I have read many books based in this time period and none of these things are something you normally read about. Back then woman did not own businesses, astrology was thought of as devils work, and the same sex relationships were kept very hush hush.
With that being said this book was very well written and kept me interested. It was definitely different from other time period pieces I have read, but that is a good thing in my mind. It gives a little bit of a different picture to life in this time, an "out of the normal" picture.
Overall the book was good from beginning to end and it was an enjoyable read for me....Stormi