A Splendid Ruin

A Splendid Ruin

A spellbinding novel of dark family secrets and a young woman’s rise and revenge set against the backdrop of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

The eve of destruction. After her mother’s death, penniless May Kimble lives a lonely life until an aunt she didn’t know existed summons her to San Francisco. There she’s welcomed into the wealthy Sullivan family and their social circle.

Initially overwhelmed by the opulence of her new life, May soon senses that dark mysteries lurk in the shadows of the Sullivan mansion. Her glamorous cousin often disappears in the night. Her aunt wanders about in a laudanum fog. And a maid keeps hinting that May is in danger. Trapped by betrayal, madness, and murder, May stands to lose everything, including her freedom, at the hands of those she trusts most.

Then, on an early April morning, San Francisco comes tumbling down. Out of the smoldering ruins, May embarks on a harrowing road to reclaim what is hers. This tragic twist of fate, along with the help of an intrepid and charismatic journalist, puts vengeance within May’s reach. But will she take it?

Title:A Splendid Ruin
Edition Language:English
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  • Kristin Hannah

    Megan Chance has done it again! A Splendid Ruin is an astonishing beautiful, richly imagined historical novel about class, betrayal, revenge and the terrible choices a woman must sometimes make to sur...

  • Linda

    May Kindle felt the tremors of an earthquake before the blockbuster one hit San Francisco in 1906.May's mother, Charlotte, passed away suddenly and the shock of it sent May reeling. There was so much ...

  • Christina Dodd

    I confess, A SPLENDID RUIN by Megan Chance checked the boxes for me. I love a heroine who is initially TSTL (too stupid to live) who learns from her experiences and by the end of the book is smarter, ...

  • Sharon Blalock

    MehThis could have been so ooo much better. Poor woman taken by rich relatives, society balls, etc. Big yawn. The latter part REALLY failed. Revenge? Miniscule at best. Where is the "hell hath no fury...

  • Antonio

    Just about everything you could want in a story about an orphaned young girl who is welcomed by dodgy rich relatives that she didn't know she had.Lies, deceit, betrayal, suspicion, murder, Evan an ear...

  • Gina

    I enjoyed the time period and much of the writing but the premise of the novel was too unbelievable for me. ...

  • V Myers

    Glad it was freeThis book reads like a historical novel written by someone who read a bunch of historical novels for research. The characters are flat and all seem like scheming liars except of course...

  • Kathy

    Cinderella story set in San Francisco for the most part - timed to coincide with the 1906 earthquake. The beginnings of the story go back to Brooklyn where a young woman grows up with a mother who mai...

  • DiscoveringPurpleStars

    It was a good read, although I found the plot so very hard to Believe. If the mother knew she was going to die, why not tell her daughter about her identity and wealth instead of her deceiving sister....

  • Kelli Van Zee

    Decent to "meh"The plot kept me reading because I did care enough about the characters and mystery to learn how it all played out. At one point I wanted to strangle the main character for being so stu...