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Publisher Description

Slavery... Polygamy... Prostitution... and the Plague...

The Golden City Has Its Secrets.

In 1903, San Francisco's Chinatown is teeming with vice just blocks away from the Golden City’s aristocrats, but wealthy Will Firestone sees the district as a potential market for his shipping enterprise. Dazzled by an exotic young widow from Canton, he is drawn into the immigrant enclave, a decision that will rock his foundation, change his attitude, and lead him down a treacherous path.

Country girl Mandy Culpepper is only fifteen when she’s orphaned and brought under the protection of the Firestone name. Grateful for her privileged status, she’s determined to give back by helping Chinese immigrant girls in jeopardy, even if it means facing dangers that put her at odds with both her guardian and those in power.

Following their own divergent paths, Mandy and Will are caught up in the rising tension between city power brokers and the reviled foreigners. But an intruder no one bargained for will bring them together in a fight against a horrifying disease – a scourge that cares nothing for race or social standing or the love one person feels for another.

Who will survive? Who will not? 


2017 RITA Finalist – “Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance”

Shelf Unbound 2016 “Notable Indie”

Bookstores without Borders Lyra Award for Historical Fiction

Chanticleer Book Reviews Goethe Award – First in Category: North American Turn of the Century

The Depth of Beauty is Book Two in A.B.Michaels' historical fiction series "The Golden City." Other titles in the series include The Art of Love, The Promise, The Price of Compassion and Josephine's Daughter. All novels in the series are stand-alone reads.

For more information, please visit abmichaels.com.

Fiction & Literature
January 6
Red Trumpet Press
Louise Berlin

Customer Reviews

gweneeth ,

The Depth of Beauty

The history was fascinating but Will and Mandy were bigger than life and hard to take seriously. I liked the Chinese characters and Donaldian. I’ve read much about that period of time and presented it factually. Perhaps you sugar coated the plight of the Chinese girls at the Needlepoint school but that wasn’t the point of the story. It was a very violent time. Thanks, g

jdt_s ,

History of SF, CA at the turn of the 20th century, Goldrush period

History of SF, CA at the turn of the 20th century, Goldrush period, focussing on the Chinese vs White residents actions and reactions.
New to me, lived in southern CA, Orange County area and it isa very different demographic! This one is interesting to me!

DirtdauberQ ,

The Depth of Beauty

Enjoyed the book, lots of history along with a good story line.

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