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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  7 reviews
San Francisco, 1849. Despite her objections, Ah Toy and servant Chen arrive in San Francisco from Hong Kong after her husband dies aboard ship. With little cash and bound feet, she opens a "Lookee Shop," catering to men who pay in gold dust to see her exotic beauty. Among them policeman John Clark finds her captivating and they form a strong attraction for one another. Yet ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published July 15th 2019 by Jgks Press
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Jypsy
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Historical Fiction Virtual Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Madam In Silk
By: Gini Grossenbacher

*REVIEW*
My knowledge of mid 19th century San Francisco and the gold rush, etc. is not vast. Madam In Silk is more than a story-it's an education. I highly respect all of the research that the author obviously poured into this book. It's well done without being too heavy. The heroine, Ah Toy, and her lif
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Sarah
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Grossenbacher and surely will not be my last; I ordered her other book from Amazon when I was in the middle of Madam in Silk!


This book starts off with a bang as Ah Toy immediately faces death, a change of plans and the risk of everything she crossed the ocean for being pulled out from under her by no choice of her own. Right off the bat, I was inspired by Ah’s tenacity and what she refers to as her inner dragon. The hits just keep coming
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Chelsie
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Very interesting read into the historical aspects of the Chinese women coming over to the United States during the Gold Rush. Many of them came over here unfortunately to serve the men's needs, while others were trying to escape the horror of what happened to them over there to just have a different kind of abuse happen once they got here. It was very interesting to read about how these immigrants had to fight to stay here, and often they were taken against their will and put on ship, back to th ...more
Melissa
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible new novel

I just finished this book last night and it was incredible. Ah Toy’s character was so easy to fall in love with. She had such a rough life and persevered despite all the horrible things she had to endure. This historical fiction novel looks at life in SF during the 1840’s and 1850’s and women who are forced to do the unthinkable just to survive. If you like novels like Honolulu or Moloka’i by Alan Brennert, you will love this book. Gini Grossenbacher develops her chara
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gwendalyn _books_
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was received as an ARC from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the Author
Listen to your Inner Dragon 🐉.....
Madam In Silk, is Gini Grossenbacher’s second novel in The American Madame Series.
Ah Toy, finds herself along with her dedicated lifelong servant Chen, on a ship bond for San Francisco. Her life takes a sudden twist when her husband di
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Patty
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am thoroughly enjoying my efforts in reading more books about American history. Most of my historical fiction has been in the realm of the English and French kingdoms. This year I have I have tried to stay on this continent. Madam in Silk tells the tale of Ah Toy, one of the first Chinese women in San Francisco. The novel is based on a real woman who came to San Francisco, lost her husband on the way over, and managed to become a wealthy woman. There are also records of her fighting for hersel ...more
Virginia Simpson
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madam in Silk transports the reader into the life of Ah Toy, a newly widowed beautiful young woman from China, who arrives in San Francisco during the Gold Rush era and eventually becomes a Madam in order to survive. I'm not one to give away plots, but I can assure you that this story, exquisitely written will hold your attention as you find yourself turning page after page.
Gini Grossenbacher has obviously done an incredible amount of research in order to include details which make mid-19th cen
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