The Palmer Girl by Dawn Klinge ~ Review

My Review:

A historical feel-good romance, set in the fast changing Gilded Age.

Elizabeth Nordeman comes to Chicago with her family, as her father has called upon to consult on the upcoming World's Fair, staying at the luxurious Palmer Hotel. While there she takes in the sight, sounds and shopping of Chicago, and putting to use her budding talent as a florist. She finds herself working alongside the creative director of Marshall Fields, John Lewis, a man who appreciates her eye for color and art. But can they break the barriers of class and wealth to fight for a future together?

Engaging, well paced, with an excellent sense of setting, this book was a quick read that swept me up to the bustling city of Chicago before the turn of the century. I think this book does an amazing job of showing the changing world of industry and economy, with a stronger sense of class mobility through hard work and new wealth. 

I admired Elizabeth for her devotion to her family as well, as how she wants to do more than simply be a socialite. John is a hard-working man, blazing a trail for himself, different than those who went before him. I liked their friendship, and connection over art. I also really liked how supportive Elizabeth's parents were of her, even though sometimes it took time for them to warm up to new ideas. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, a feel-good Christian romance, clean in content, with characters that are easy to cheer for throughout. Though the second in a series, this book is a stand alone read. Enjoyable read from start to finish. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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