When Jenny Langan left Sweden for far-off America, she had her future all mapped out. Bold, brave and eager, she was ready for anything--except a chance meeting on a ship bound for New York, and a love affair with an irresistibly seductive Mediterranean-born stranger....
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This was an odd anomaly from the venerable House of Zebra. Part of me feels I should acknowledge author Joyce Myrus for writing about people and places not usually found in HR (immigrants living in the tenements of New York City.) Yet there were so many characters and stories swirling around, perhaps too many, that I never felt like I had caught on to anything.Jenny Langan and her plot moppet daughter Ingri are immigrating to America. On the ship they're traveling on Jenny meets Gabriel Agnelli. He's really rich but he's traveling in disguise as just another poor Italian. They're instantly attracted to each other. So instantly that they're having a quickie by page 16. Once in New York, thanks to Gabriel and a myriad of others, Jenny doesn't really have to worry about providing a roof over her makeshift family's heads or finding work. It all just practically falls into her lap. As Jenny travels around her adopted city, the author gives us all sorts of interesting tidbits about life in the Big Apple at the end of the 19th century. That's what this book is really about. Jenny and Gabriel continue to see each other but the real romance going on here is with New York.No matter how big and crowded this city is, people from Jenny's and Gabriel's past manage to show up and stir the pot even more. While some loose ends get tied up nice and neat, other storylines seem to just come to an abrupt halt. (What was the point of the Irish? Was Gabriel an anarchist or not? Where had Erika been all this time? Whatever happened to Ellis Island's mother? What the hey, Myrus?)In conclusion, if you're looking for a book regarding the lives of the rich and poor during the Gilded Age, this one may interest you. If you're looking for a romance, I suggest you move on.