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Tracie Peterson
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City Of Angels (Shannon Saga #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,327 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
A Compelling New Historical Series!
In the tradition of Cheney Duvall, M.D. comes a stunning heroine determined to break the mold of society and enter a career in law.
The combination of a legal drama and a fascinating era provides readers with a captivating and unique new series.
James' law expertise and Tracie's strong standing in the historical fiction market bring a speci
Published (first published 2001)
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"It is hard to fail but worse to have never tried to succeed." Theodore Roosevelt, quoted in the text.

Well-researched and well-told historical fiction. Written in two genres about which I have low expectations—women’s fiction and Christian fiction—this book stands on its own two feet and demands attention as simply a good story.

Before you deluge me with hate mail, I hasten to add that I don’t pretend to expertise on either of those genres. I have read a lot of both, but most offerings haven’t st
Jeni Enjaian
I remember ardently loving this series back when I first read it. I was hesitant to pick it back up again (as part of my slog through my books to see which ones stay and which ones go) because I have become increasingly soured on Tracie Peterson. To put it simply, she is part of a large number of Christian authors whose work is full of fluff and nonsense. (aka trite "Biblical" wordings, plot lines and characters written very poorly)

James Scott Bell, however, is not one of those authors. His cont
3.5 out of 5 stars. There was so much to like about this book. I love historical fiction and courtroom dramas, so this book was just my cup of tea. Plus it's a compelling story that's well written, with the history skillfully interwoven with the fiction.

It's 1903, and Kit Shannon, the heroine, comes to Los Angeles from New York hoping to establish a legal career in the less rigid west. While there were some women lawyers at that time, there were very few, and the obstacles to their practicing l
Cherie Kasper
I have read several of Tracie's books and have enjoyed them all. I have to say that this book was a special surprise to read. The story included some well known figures of that period, people we all know, and introduced us to a special attorney that I had never heard of, but was really glad to discover that I liked him a lot
Kathleen (Kit for short) Shannon looses both her mother and father by age 13 and grew up at St. Catherine's school. Kit was already an avid reader, especially law books, by t
Aug 26, 2013 Joleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Has everything a good book needs. I usually read inspirational historical romance but this historical suspense kept me flipping pages. What a great find.

One of the most overtly Christian books I've read in a while in the sense of amount of scripture quoted and "witnessing" done by a character. It was quit refreshing. I mean, if I'm going to be spending hours reading something, I want it to cause me to think on Christ as that is what is important in my life.
Shelly Stewart
Jun 09, 2017 Shelly Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kit Shannon lived through a very difficult childhood, growing up in orphanages and girl's homes. She developed a keen desire to make a difference in her world by becoming a lawyer. However in the early twentieth century, it was thought to be improper, even scandalous for a woman to attempt such a career. Kit earned her law degree in college, but must find a sponsor and must pass the bar to become a lawyer. Leaving her home in New York, she traveled to Los Angeles, the City of Angels, to live wit ...more
Jenny Getchell
Jan 19, 2017 Jenny Getchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thumbs up!

This book was amazing;the best fictional book I've come across in a very long time! It follows the story of Kit Shannon,a young lady with a dream to become a lawyer-back before it was acceptable for females to do so. Kit is the daughter of a preacher who was killed by a drunk for standing up to defend the Word of God. Her mother was heartbroken after her father's death and was taken advantage of by a swindling "friend" of the family. With no relatives willing to take her in,Kit is sent
Christine Dillon
Jun 04, 2017 Christine Dillon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a long string of poor books this one was a relief.
If you like historical Christian fiction (this has lots of Christian content) c 1903 Los Angeles with court cases, mystery - then this is a fun and easy read. Looks like being an excellent set.
Jan Pfeifer
Jun 25, 2017 Jan Pfeifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spellbinding Trial!

Kit is a woman ahead of her time. She seeks justice and truth in this the first book of the series.
James Scott Bell is a master at weaving a story that will wrap you up until the very end!
Jul 12, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure and suspense

I enjoyed the development of the characters and story on this novel and I will look forward to reading the rest of the series!
Jun 22, 2017 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!
Feb 06, 2014 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I truly do love to read about the women in history who defeated the odds. Women who went against rules of what society said they could or couldn't achieve. I admire their perseverance to march forward to achieve their God given dreams in order to pave the way for women today.

This book was so good that I read it in one night! Sometimes it seems very hard for a book to keep my attention but this book really captivated me from the first page!

The book is about a woman named Kit Shannon who at 13 yea
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Nov 13, 2014 Chazzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the early 1900s Kit Shannon come out from the East to stay in Los Angeles with her Aunt Freddie. Aunt Freddie's world is the one of high society and wealth. Kit has another objective: having been brought up in a Catholic orphanage under harsh discipline, Kit has studied hard and earned her certificate in Law and plans to become a full fledged lawyer. This is something unheard of at this time.

Kit finds that it is a man's world and the world is run by graft and corruption under one man's contro
Jennifer Robb
This book is about a female lawyer in 1903. Many of the courtroom laws and behavior that we take for granted today either did not exist or were in their infancy in 1903. The Earl Rogers character is based on a real California attorney from that time. It was interesting to see how courtrooms were conducted then, but also a bit confusing given what we know today from various TV dramas etc.

Women lawyers were also in their infancy at this time. The main character, Kit, did have law education from Ne
Kit Shannon, the daughter of Irish immigrants, seeks to make her name as a lawyer in late nineteenth-century San Francisco, a place where lady lawyers are taken about as seriously as unicorns.

This is a great plot, but unfortunately, the author's anti-Catholic sentiment is obvious and jarring from the start. This starts with the prologue, where Kit as a recently orphaned little girl is menaced by a "wraith-like" German nun, and it just keeps going from there, cropping up again and again just when
Jan 21, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
City of Angels is a light but entertaining Christian novel set in Los Angeles in the early 1900s. Some historical fiction stories transport you back in time while others use history as a setting. I would put this book in the latter category in that it does evoke a sense of the time period in which the story is set but it doesn't have that immersive feel that breathes life into historical times and places.

The story centers on Kathleen "Kit" Shannon, a young woman who comes to live with her wealth
Kit Shannon is a delightful character, full of faith yet unconventional in her behavior for the times. The inside look at courtrooms and lawyers in the early 1900's is interesting, and the good vs evil theme is very prevalent. Murder, romance, societal expectations, being framed for a crime, bribery, scandals, coverups, and corruption all figure into this plot. Christian historical fiction fans will find themselves wanting to read the rest of the series, which I intend to do.
Feb 01, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book, I didn't realize that I'd read it 15-20 years ago. But, I remembered more and more of it as I went on. Way back then, I read a lot of Christian fiction/romance books. Tracie Peterson was one of my favorite authors. But, I guess I'm in a different place in my life as I didn't enjoy it as much this time. Or, it could also be the fact that I don't really like re-reading most books.

The book tells the story of Kit Shannon in the year 1903. She has just moved to Cali
Jan 19, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up, I was incredibly drawn to this book. My grandmother gave it to me for Christmas one year; I think the goal was to make me see the importance of religion in Kit Shannon's life. What I saw instead was a determined woman who wouldn't let men pull any fast ones, fell in love with the oddball, and didn't give a fart what society thought. That's who Kit is, really. I was also intrigued by the darker passages written from the perspective of a mentally deranged killer. This was my first look ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was sitting on my shelf for much too long before I picked it up. I regret that I didn't do so sooner. It was a very quick and interesting read, and left me wanting more. I was pleased to see there are sequels and will be picking them up.

Ms. Shannon's character is the most clearly defined, as is to be expected as the book is told from her POV. I didn't find anything particularly inconsistent with the time period, but the book didn't feel like a history lesson - the language is clear and
Pamela Barrett
Nov 27, 2013 Pamela Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another great read, I picked this one up over a year ago and just got around to reading it, sorry I waited so long. Kit Shannon wants to be a lawyer, but in the early 1900’s that’s near impossible. Leaving New York, she is going to live with her aunt in Los Angeles California which is still more cowboy than high society; just don’t ask her aunt about that because she is determined to make Kit the Belle of Los Angeles; all she needs to do is talk her out of this embarrassing idea of practicing la ...more
Charlene Hirschi
5 stars for Kit Shannon, lady lawyer

Hard as I tried, I couldn't find anything to dislike about this book, except a very few proofreading gaffs. This book was extremely entertaining and kept me up to midnight to finish it tonight. Miss Shannon leaves NYC to practice law in 1903 L.A. Her aunt and sponsor is scandalized by her ambitions and put forth her best effort to convince Kit of the error of her ways. But with spunk and determination, Kit is not to be denied and she soon finds herself as assi
Jan 28, 2014 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It had no romance in it other than a hint here and there. It had a great mystery and a great story of a girl who makes her way against the odds. I would have like to know a bit more about her history as the story starts there and jumps way ahead. You do get bits and pieces, but I like a good rounded out story. But it is a minor thing. Maybe later in the series it tells more. There are at least 5 more books!! I look forward to reading them all at some point. This is a ...more
Rebekah Armstrong
Human Nature

This book is a study in human nature. Even though a work of fiction, GOD intervenes in our lives in similar ways as in this novel.It showcases what can happen when evil intent meets JESUS in one of HIS own.. When folks honor JESUS, we always have the victory, even though we have to go through the fiery trial of life, but how else will our faith be exercised and become strong enough to thrive? I am most grateful for these amazing authors and encouraged by their story!!!!!!! I bless yo
Taty Díaz
Nov 24, 2014 Taty Díaz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read a short novella where the odds are always against the main character and there are several male suitors falling at her feet, then you don't need to read this one. It is super slow, the main character is so bland for greatest portion of the story. The best part of this book was the ending, not only because it was over but because it was quite unexpected to figure out who was the murderer. I wouldn't recommend unless you have a lot of spare time and you are reading several books at ...more
Frances Winslow
I enjoyed it. It's the beginning of a series but can be read and enjoyed on it's own merits.

A young woman moves to LA to begin a law practice at a time when it was unheard of for a woman to be taken seriously in a court of Law. Kit(Katherine Shannon) not only makes the grade as an attorney but wins a most important criminal case and becomes an instant sensation.

Kind of an adult fairy tale.....for those of us who enjoy fairy tales...good overcoming evil...A beautiful princess overcomes the wicke
Ginger Price
Mar 06, 2014 Ginger Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of a career

The beginning of a career

Kit Shannon grew up in an orphanage & then moved to LA after she obtained her law degree to live with her aunt & become a lawyer -- which was unheard of in 1903. she was propositioned by Atty Heath Sloate, she shunned his advances & made an enemy. Kit ended up apprenticing with Earl Rogers, a trial lawyer who had a reputation for never losing. Thus begins Kit's trials....both in & out of the courtroom. I look forward to reading mo
Aug 27, 2013 Kaleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed City of Angels! For me, books by Tracie Peterson are either a hit or miss, and this was definitely a hit! I'm fascinated by trial lawyers, I love historical fiction, and I enjoy books about women doing 'men's work', so this book was perfect!

I was a bit disappointed with the ending. The plot had the ability to make the book have a shocking ending, but unfortunately it was still predictable to some degree. Despite that, I'd definitely recommend this book and I can't wait to read
Dianne Sidebottom
First of all I want to thank God for the women in the past who have been the frontier of which women today are so blessed. Lots of research here but an interesting story that includes Darwinism n Jekell n Hyde what influence they had on peoples thinking. Circumstances that influenced many n judgment of society. How secrets kept is a poison that hurts many n needs to exposed. Corruption is still with us but it's needs to be addressed. God's Justice.
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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