Author Dawn Klinge pens the second historical romance in her Historic Hotels collection, this one featuring the Palmer House in Chicago in the late 1890s.
In Palmer Girl, Elizabeth Nordeman, daughter of insurance tycoon Cornelius Nordeman, moves to the Palmer Hotel with her family while he works on the Expo. Elizabeth loves arranging flowers and offers her services to Marshall Fields, Chicago’s premier department store.
John Lewis, Fields’ director of visual displays, recognizes something is different about her. They enjoy each other’s company and become friends, despite their social differences: he is the son of a Wisconsin farmer who wants life in the big city and he works hard. He is unaware that she is an heiress, until his boss Marshall Field informs him of the fact.
Klinge does an excellent job of layering historical detail without weighing down the storyline. The themes of love, hope, and overcoming challenges both in relationships and one’s life permeate the entertaining novel. There are memorable characters as well as a light faith element. Elizabeth and John have a clean romance, with obstacles to overcome if they will have a happy ending.
Recommended for older teens and adult readers, especially fans of historical fiction. This book can be read as a standalone (and indeed that is how I read it). Based on how much I enjoyed this self-published book, I would also recommend the other books in the series: Sorrento Girl, and Biltmore Girl (coming in Spring 2021).
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