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The Depth of Beauty

(The Golden City #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  34 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B019NLLIZ2

In 1903 San Francisco’s Chinatown, slavery, polygamy, and rampant prostitution are thriving— just blocks away from the city’s elite, progressive society.
Wealthy and well-connected, Will Firestone enters the mysterious enclave with an eye toward expanding his shipping business. What he finds there will astonish him. Wit
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published January 6th 2016 by Red Trumpet Press (first published January 1st 2016)
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Apr 04, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dean McIntyre
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE DEPTH OF BEAUTY by A.B. Michaels was billed as historical fiction, although I might want to categorize it as historical romance. But whichever is best, I enjoyed it, as reflected by my four-star rating, always reflective of how much I enjoy a work rather than its rank as great fiction. It is set in the first decade of the 20th century in San Francisco. Young, privileged, successful Will Firestone goes to Chinatown, desiring to expand his shipping business. He encounters poverty, disease, pro ...more
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The depth of beauty is part of the Sinner’s grove series, about a retreat for artists founded at the beginning of the 20th century. The first book is The art of love, it’s the story of the founders of the retreat, Gus and Lia Wolff, and one can feel there will be another book, probably with Kat Firestone, the sister of the hero in The depth of beauty. There is also a contemporary series, the first book is
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
The Depth of Beauty is the latest book in the Sinner's Grove series and transports us back to San Francisco at the start of the Twentieth Century for a sweeping historical drama/romance chronicling the life and society of businessman, Will Firestone.

I am once again astounded and in awe of the research that the author has done to bring this time period to life. The detail in the book is amazing; it was honestly a feast for the senses. I swear I could see, touch and smell everything the characters
Ms. Reader
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review...

I wanted to get into this book. I really wanted to enjoy it. It was so bland and dull, and felt like it carried off to nowhere. The characters were weak and unappealing, the plot was even weaker, and there didn't feel like any real point to the storyline. Within a few chapters, this book became a huge snooze-fest. It was boring from the start and disappointingly, didn't pick up at all. I was not happy wit
Jennifer Lara
The Depth of Beauty is the second book in A.B. Michaels’ The Golden City series. It is 1903, San Francisco and Chinatown is teeming with a vice just blocks away from the city’s elties. But Will Firestone sees the district as a potential business market for his shipping enterprise. Dazzled by the exotic young widow from Canton, Will is drawn into the area with a decision that will rock his foundation and lead him down a treacherous path. Country girl, Maddy Culpepper is only fifteen when she’s or ...more
Virginia Tican
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They met because his company made her an orphan. Amanda 'Mandy' Culpepper was just 15 and William 'Will' Firestone was 27, already a part owner of a dynamic company with several interests in shipping and trade as well as being a member of the San Francisco elite. When Mandy set her knowing eyes on Will, she uncannily knew he was her 'other half' but not so with him. In reparation and to solve the problem of her guardianship, Will's sister Katherine 'Kit' volunteered to be her guardian. But his i ...more
Karen James
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
American Chinese History

I hated history as a teenager, so try to.make up for my deficiencies by reading historical fiction. I was aware that Chinese men were brought to America to work in the mines of the west and on the railroad tracks from the west coast. But there has to be more events that attracted them to leave their native country. I visited China in the 1980's that made my interest in Chinese -American history, but hadn't become aware of any historical fiction about them until The Golden
Sue Woodruff
This book is the second in The Golden City series which is historical fiction from the early 1900s set in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The main characters in this book were Mandy and Will. Mandy was also in Book 1. She was the orphaned girl who is taken in by the Firestone brother and sister - Will and Lia. This book picks up the story where it left off, but it certainly can be read as a stand-alone as well. The book ends with the great earthquake that happened in San Francisco at the turn of ...more
Don Maker
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely well-written novel, fairly simple writing, but it kept moving. I enjoyed both the characters and the story, although near the end it became a bit too 'romance' for my taste. As a writer of HF, I appreciate the excellent research that made the story rich in detail of the era, as well as the historical background of what was transpiring in San Francisco, both in the elite society and within China Town. Although this is part of a series, it indeed worked well as a stand-alone ...more
Benjamin Pratt
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depth of Beauty is a romantic historic novel worthy of attention. Some of the novel is based on real people and events in the early 1900s with shocking, violent scenes, explosive confrontations, and compelling compassion and sacrifice. It provides a revealing history of life styles and customs of the Chinese immigrant community, the Christian missionary community attempting to embrace and protect young Chinese women from prostitution and the Tong effort to continue its prostitution and crime mac ...more
Susan Zollmann
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A enticing slice of history awaits!

Once again, A.B. Michaels offers an intriguing tale of historical fiction set against the backdrop of the fascinating growth of the San Francisco area prior to the great earthquake, fire & plague. Each time I finish one of her books, I'm sure I've just read my very favorite - until I begin the next one! I highly encourage you to read this author's novels. You will NOT be disappointed.
Ray Rogawski
Captivating and enthralling characters are intense page turning and usually not my type of stories . Well written and highly recommended for historical romance fans .se

Captivating and enthralling characters are intense page turning and usually not my type of stories . Well written and highly recommended for historical romance fans .se
Christine Anne Gilbert
Fine, But, Not Special.

Not quite what I was expecting. Well-written and entertaining, but, narrower than I hoped for. I thought there might be more development of the area and time in which the story took place. For me, the story just wasn't as well-developed as I would have liked
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

AB Michaels has written a wonderful testimony to love-love of family, love of a man for a woman, and love of man for fellow man. In this story, a young woman sees the plight of the downtrodden Chinese in San Francisco in the early 1900’s. She and others fight for the rights of others as they also struggle with life’s unexpected twists and turns.
Candace Propst

I thought there would be more about rescuing young women from prostitution and slavery. I think the author spent too much time on the relationship between a 15-year-old girl and a 27-year-old man!. He was not only older but was sexually active while she was a proper virgin! I don't think they made a good couple!
Jon C. Hooper
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Must read great story - historical story of San Francisco and Chinatown and main character a young girl taken in by a brother and sister after her father died in a work accident
Diane Cressy
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

I love historical fiction and this one doesn't miss the mark. Love the storyline and all the characters. The author knows how to make a story come to life. I hated for it to end!
Pat Freeman
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating Look into Early San Francisco

I really enjoyed the characters and the people who influenced San Francisco in the early 1900’s. I like the way the author gave us insight into the interactions of Chinatown and the rest of San Francisco, during that time.
Bill & Lanier Smith
Excellent read!

Delightful characters and a wonderful story. The history of San Francisco and The Grove in the early 1900’s is beautifully intertwined with the love stories of several couples. Well written & extremely entertaining.
EvilAntie Jan
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I grew up with the stories of Chinatown and the 1906 earthquake. What an extraordinary novel, which captivated me to read in a marathon read. It was too good to put down.
Apr 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Brad Zimmerman
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The morning after playing Chicken Foot with Mandy, Will had headed back to the city, determined to put distance between himself and the girl.
Hettienne Marx
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very realistic, told with fantastic insight into human nature! I enjoyed every minute of every hour I spent reading this book.

Beverly Little
Mind Candy

This series is typical bodice-ripper romance disguised in very little history and even less accuracy. Two books purchased was two too many.
Maryam J.
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

The story is very well written with interesting characters and scenes. It follows a lot of the history of the time. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Melinda Patton
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lovely story! I thoroughly enjoyed the diverse characters and historical setting. It was a much needed enjoyable read.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of historical information and settings. Very creativity brought together, the time and romance, politics and humanities. I don’t do romances, but this was okay.
Cheryl Drake johnson
This is a very interesting story about San Francisco turn of the Century Chinatown with Will Firestone and Mandy Culpepper she is a young girl of fifteen years when they meet and his sister Kit takes Mandy in as her ward because her father is killed in a accident while working for Will's company in a little town outside of San Francisco she returns with them and she becomes an accomplished young woman with a mind of her own and Will for some reason has feelings that he has been fighting and she ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is not the kind I would usually read, but I liked it. Set in early 1900's San Francisco it follows the story of Will Firestone, a man of privilege and wealth. But, he gets to see life on the other side of the tracks and learns a lesson about love and humility. By discovering the world of Chinese immigrants in China Town and by getting to know a young orphaned girl named Mandy that him and his sister have taken charge of.

Not only does Will get to experience a different life, Mandy does
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A native of northern California, A.B. Michaels earned masters' degrees in history and broadcasting, and worked for many years in public relations and marketing. Now that she's an empty nester, she has time to write the kinds of stories she loves to read. Her historical series, "The Golden City," follows characters who make their way in turn of the twentieth century San Francisco. "I love creating ...more

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