The area is undergoing development lately with nice condos and apartments mingled closely to the high-rises. I like historical accounts of the miscreants of society, and this was pretty good. The two sisters trying to bring some "respect" to the world's oldest profession - it almost made you see th I lived in Chicago for several years so it was nice to see some of the pictures, especially since the locale of the infamous Everleigh Club now contains a couple of high-rise, public housing projects.
The two sisters trying to bring some "respect" to the world's oldest profession - it almost made you see their point. I kind of wanted to side with them. Ms Abbott obviously did a lot of research on this book. I would have liked to know more about a few of the other madams back then as a little background was given on a few other madams, but the focus was mainly on the Everleigh sisters. And a few more facts about the "rich playboys" would have been nice. Overall, though, it was a cool read to show how even in the polite society there were still rules being broken without cause for alarm.
I'm a sucker for books about my hometown, but this book has the added spice of being about the cities premier cathouse at the turn of the century. How can you not love that? I'm basically going to force every person I know to read this book when it comes out this summer. It's a great read Jun 17, Kimba Tichenor rated it liked it Shelves: american-history , gender-and-sexuality. Karen Abbott offers a popular history of perhaps the most famous "sporting house" in Chicago -- The Everleigh Club. It is a fun read; however the lack of footnotes makes it of limited value for academics The book does include a bibliography at the end.
Some readers may also be put off by the sensationalist approach of the author, which hardly seemed necessary given the topic. Still it covers a topic that most history books leave uncovered in an entertaining manner. May 17, Alycia rated it really liked it. I learned a lot from this book, like where the term "getting laid" comes from and some other important sayings. I also always enjoy being reminded that there is no such thing as the good old days and people have always been awful, they just smelled worse.
Jan 18, Mark Hartzer rated it really liked it. A nice slice of Chicago history.
For example, I was unaware there really was a person named "Susie Poontang". Lots of other interesting tidbits. Not crazy about some of the imagined dialogue, but a fun read nonetheless. Mar 10, Susan the other Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Read Balzac with Suzy Poon Tang as you tour the best and worst of 19th century Chicago brothels, from a safe distance.
Jan 12, M. Rudolph rated it liked it. Who couldn't be drawn to a lurid title above a come hither photo of a madam reclining on a lounge chair in black lace nighty and high heels? In early Chicago no less. Run by the Everleigh dba sisters, The Everleigh Club famously treated its ladies and its clients like stars, unlike the other clubs which were mere clip joints with r Run by the Everleigh dba sisters, The Everleigh Club famously treated its ladies and its clients like stars, unlike the other clubs which were mere clip joints with rampant beatings, thefts, and drug-taking.
Chicago's best and brightest and most-moneyed could count on the sisters to keep mum, and the sisters could count on Chicago politicians for protection as long as the money kept flowing along this chain. Everyone made out, and more, until the "White Slavery" movement developed enough support both in Springfield and in Washington. First though the sisters made a name and a fortune. Even Kaiser Wilhelm's brother took his entourage to The Everleigh for an evening and launched the national craze of drinking champagne from a harlot's, er a lady's, slipper.
Marshall Field, Jr, met an ignominious end at The Everleigh. And many more stories beside. Ever hear of Suzy Poon Tang? It's a joy to one who loves Chicago to get a glimpse into this aspect of the past thanks to Abbott's diligent research. Thanks to the sisters' photo shoot to promote The Everleigh we get a peek into the sumptuous interior of a building razed in the thirties.
And thanks to the diaries and correspendence of the sisters and their clients, plus the high profile campaign by the anti-sex, anti-white-slavery, anti-smoking, anti-drinking, anti-pandering brigades which all saw in the Levee district a target for their anger, Abbott had plenty of material to draw from.
Not to demean her impressive research. Did you know that in the parlance of the day, one went out to "get Everleighed" before the expression was shortened? The campaigners didn't stamp out prostitution, smoking, or alcohol, but they did run the sisters out of town and close down the Levee. Watching closely was a guy by the name of Capone. Jul 14, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it. Who might imagine that a book about Chicago's bordellos at the turn of the century late s and early s could be so fascinating! This book, in the first instance, is an interesting portrayal of how two madams, Minna and Ada "Everleigh" their last name made up for the occasion ran a bordello that was much higher class than the other sordid businesses surrounding them in the "Levee," a section of the First Ward in Chicago.
It is also a story of the politics, economics, and culture of Chi Who might imagine that a book about Chicago's bordellos at the turn of the century late s and early s could be so fascinating! It is also a story of the politics, economics, and culture of Chicago at century's turn. The Chicago machine was humming along nicely, with the politics of favoritism and the politics of corruption working together. And key players for making sure that bordellos operated without crass interference from the police!
These houses of ill repute often hosted major figures in Chicago. Marshall Fields' son died after an incident in the Levee. People like Theodore Dreiser haunted the district. And the Everleigh Club attracted many of the "higher order" guests to the district. The "girls" who worked there were treated well in comparison to other harlots in the district , were taught to speak about literature, dressed exquisitely, were regularly inspected by doctors to make sure that they were in good shape physically, and so on.
This book is a story of the Levee's operation, the Everleigh Sisters efforts to run a class bordello, the efforts by honest judicial officials and reformers to shut down the bordellos, and the intricate web among players--from Congressman Mann to the Mayor of Chicago to the Police to. This web is well described by author Karen Abbott. This is an historical effort that reads like a novel. And the Sisters had, in many senses, the last laugh. They left their business behind when it became reasonably clear that the end of the Levee as then known was coming to an end.
They took their fortune and spent the remainder of their lives in New York--after a lengthy round-the-world trip. A fascinating glimpse of Chicago's history. Shelves: non-fiction. Abbott traces the history of Chicago's most famous and most posh brothel at the turn of the century, and the religious and social crusaders who worked tirelessly to try to end prostitution. The two Everleigh sisters created their own last name, backgrounds, and ages declaring themselves a decade younger , and moved to Chicago to start up a high-class brothel. Unlike the existing brothels, their whores would come to them, be educated and refined, and make good money.
At the same time, reformer Abbott traces the history of Chicago's most famous and most posh brothel at the turn of the century, and the religious and social crusaders who worked tirelessly to try to end prostitution. At the same time, reformers were working to shut down the brothels. Many brothels enslaved women who were tricked, kidnapped, or forced into prostitution not unlike today , and conditions were horrible.
And the reformers took great strides against these places. But the Everleigh Club -- it was known throughout the world. To take down prostitution, the Everleigh Club would, eventually, have to become a target. This was a fascinating read for me. On the one hand, I found myself rooting for the Everliegh sisters. Weren't they raising the standard?
Creating better working conditions for their prostitutes, who otherwise might wind up beaten, diseased, killed? But on the other hand, does anyone truly "choose" prostitution? The author does briefly recognize, at one point, that most women are driven to prostitution by poverty or circumstance. And then, back to the first hand, if prostitution exists, should it be regulated?
The book was also interesting to me, as a Chicagoan, as a history of the often dirty politics of the city. From graft to voters paid for votes, it was very interesting. Apr 09, Kate rated it liked it. Abbott describes the rise and fall of an incredibly luxe 'house of ill repute' in Chicago between and or so.
Called the Everleigh Club, it was run by a pair of fabulist sisters who apparently believed in treating everyone well and in sumptuous decoration. They were shut down after reformers put pressure on the government to clean up Chicago's red light district, so they changed their names a few more times and retired with their millions to New York. Fun fact: Apparently the phrase 'ge Abbott describes the rise and fall of an incredibly luxe 'house of ill repute' in Chicago between and or so. Fun fact: Apparently the phrase 'get laid' comes from this club, as men used to say "I'm getting Everleighed tonight.
I read this at the same time as the Most Dangerous Book, about the writing and censorship of Ulysses. At first, they seemed to clash -- everybody turns a blind eye to actual prostitution, but you'll go to jail for publishing fiction that does more than hint about sex? But as the Everleigh story marched on, it became clear that moralist reformatory zeal was ramping up around the time Joyce finally finished his book. I'm surprised none of the real life law enforcement 'characters' overlapped.
Still, my overall impression of the combination is this: we were very touchy about illicit ideas or actions immortalized in fixed media. Generally less touchy about illicit activities enshrined in certain quarters of our cities. Is it still this way? When I told my co-worker that I was reading a non-fictional account of the most famous brothel in American history, he immediately said "Oh your reading about the 'Bunny Ranch! It turns out that this is actually the second Karen Abbott biography I have read. I also read her amazing novel American Ros When I told my co-worker that I was reading a non-fictional account of the most famous brothel in American history, he immediately said "Oh your reading about the 'Bunny Ranch!
An interesting read. By the way I learned that the phrase "getting laid" was popularized because of the Everleigh club. Well healed gentlemen would say the were going to get "Everleighed" that night, eventually it was shortened. Also the act of drinking champagne from a ladies shoe also owes its popularity in the US to the Everleigh club.
Aug 24, Monique rated it really liked it Recommends it for: non-prudes. OK, I'm amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. So much incredible detail some of it pretty raw, but interesting nonetheless on the lives of prostitutes at the turn of the century the previous century. This book is so well researched and detailed. Based on author Karen Abbottt's descriptions, you can really picture the people who populate the book: the harlots, the madams, the ward bosses, the career politicians and prosecutors, and the religious zealots who make up the cast of real life c OK, I'm amazed at how much I enjoyed this book.
Based on author Karen Abbottt's descriptions, you can really picture the people who populate the book: the harlots, the madams, the ward bosses, the career politicians and prosecutors, and the religious zealots who make up the cast of real life characters. It's a fascinating book about a world shrouded in mystery and myth.
I especially appreciated the real-life details from the "girls" themselves. How did they take care of themselves? What did being a prostitute during this era entail? The answers might surprise you it surprised me! I read this for my book club and I was very pleased to discover that we had previously read a novel by Theodore Dreiser who knew the madams profiled in this book and wrote a novel, "Sister Carrie" about a girl who lived in Chicago during this time and had some experience with white slavery.
Sep 01, Sharon rated it really liked it Recommends it for: history buffs, would be madams. This book was a real page turner, and a fascinating and well researched snapshot of Chicago history. The writing is excellent and reads like fiction through much of the book.
I loved reading the descriptions of the brothels and the daily life of their inhabitants, particularly what set the Everleigh club apart from lower institutions. I did feel that the events and and the more minor players were underdeveloped at times, which made some of the people hard to track and remember. The first half wa This book was a real page turner, and a fascinating and well researched snapshot of Chicago history. The first half was definitely better than the second - in a way mirroring the rushing success of the Everleigh initially, with the let-down of the sudden closing of the club.
There was a good balance of detailted desciption of the opulance of the club and the lifestyle of the Chicago underworld, with the cultural war going on in the city and throughout the rest of the US and the world at the time. Dec 19, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: social-sciences. I love Chicago and I love history. Where the seamy underbelly of the city meets history is pure, non-fitcion gold to me. Well researched, reads quickly and like a fantastic, tawdry story.
The two sister madams of Dearborn street are unreal. Ruling the Levee district years ago and yet it reads like a newspaper today. You couldn't make up characters that great. The graft, the politicians, the crusading reverends, the whores and their customers - you just KNOW this is happening right now in Chicago and they'll write about it in years.
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Highly recommend for history buffs, Chicago-lovers and people practicing the world's oldest profession I suppose! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yes, Lord, that is the truth, that is indeed the truth. To what place can I invite you, then, since I am in you? Or where could you come from, in order to come into me?
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Africa to a devout Catholic mother and a pagan father, was a notoriously rebellious Catholic teenager who cohabitated with a girlfriend, joined an exotic Eastern cult, and ran away from his mother. Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield is done with women. They are all conniving and not worth his time. Especially those who make his heart race. So now he will be alone, until the time he decides to take a wife who only wants him for his title. Robert will never again be cowed by the fickle emotion that he believed to be true love. That is of course until he became so foxed on the spirits that he ended up in a random women's room and has no clue how he ended up there.
Besides the fact that he saw her the night before and he wasn't all that, how do you say, put off by how she presented herself to him. Helena Banbury has been protected by her "brothers" for close to two decades. Ever since her torturous childhood they have kept her in a gilded prison in their gambling hall.
So for the last 20 or so years she has been held up in her small rooms, and her small office meant for her bookkeeping. While living by the millions of rules that her brothers have told her over and over again. And then of course the one time she breaks the rules her whole life is turned upside down and she is forced to spend four months with the people of the ton, the people she, and her brothers, absolutely despise.
This was a great read, that although you have to read carefully especially at the beginning, is truly worth the time. I have read some other Caldwell books and each time I read a piece of literature by her I becoming increasingly enamored with her writing style as well as the historical romance genre in its entirety. The characters in this book developed so well throughout this book that they felt real to me. The pain of betrayal, the pain of heartbreak, as well as the pain of being abused by those who should protect you.
All of these characters go through so much that it makes many realize just how much those around us go through and yet we never think about it. This book did a great job at depicting how life may impact us but we decide who and what life turns us into. I definitely recommend this book to all historical romance lovers, and to all Caldwell lovers. Oct 01, Lara rated it liked it Shelves: zto-read , netgalley , z Helena is a young woman who loves numbers. She lives a cloistered life as bookkeeper of her brother's gambling hell.
However, after many years of this life, she is beginning to feel restless right around the same time as a former bad guy has returned to the scene. Robert is a Duke's son who was betrayed in love when young and lived a rogue's life ever since. When he goes out to Helena is a young woman who loves numbers.
When he goes out to drown his sorrows one night, he ends up in Helena's quarters. She doesn't welcome him, but doesn't reveal him either. I guess she's taken by his good looks and her need for a more interesting life. This ends with Helena being "sent away;" more to another world than very far. She doesn't fit in this new world, but Robert finds he can more readily spend time with her there. He hates secrets in a paramour, even a fake one, but is determined to find Helena's out. Of course there is also some drama related to her past that had to rear its ugly head as well.
I wasn't at all surprised at the unveiling of the hidden villain, however. I wished that Helena's relationship with her various "brothers" had been more developed. As it was, all we saw were a handful of short scenes that didn't illustrate the depth of the feelings she states they have for each other. I also didn't understand how Black had so much control over everyone or why he was so cold to her while claiming he was doing what was best for her.
The entire "very close" family felt like a bunch of teammates who were pretty new to each other and mostly supported each other because they had the same ultimate goals. I didn't get a feel for deep history and affection. The romantic element was okay, but not great. There was attraction, and the two spent some time together getting to know each other and surprising one another. However, the physical aspect moved far too quickly, and I didn't buy Helena's sudden throwing caution to the wind when she was with Robert.
Overall, I felt that more could have been done to build the physical relationship in stages along with the suspense. I received a copy for review through NetGalley. Feb 06, Debby "Piene Raven" rated it really liked it Shelves: authors-c-d. Giles before being rescued by her brother Ryker Black.
A woman with visible scars on her face, hands and back to prove the physical abuse she suffered as a child at The Rogue's Wager a moderate paced story of Helena Bansbury the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Wilkinson and Robert Dennington the Marquess of Westfield heir to his father the Duke Somerset. A woman with visible scars on her face, hands and back to prove the physical abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her brothers worst enemy. The two meet Hell and Sin gaming club owned by Helen's brothers and became attracted to each other when she was sent to live with her father, the Duke of Wilkinson.
He had no hang ups on station, however she placed more on it…above love until Robert breaks down her wall. It shows the heroines venture from the ugly streets of St. Giles into the world of the Ton. She is strong and he non-discriminatory. The characters are human, real and heartfelt individuals. What I liked about the story? It was too much emphasis placed on how much was afraid of things even though she stood up to her brothers and those that worked for him.
She was a tall, unattractive, petite woman that managed to capture the love of her Marquess. A very nice novel by Christi Caldwell and narration by Tim Campbell kept me captivated on every word. I enjoyed the first book of the Sinful Brides series from beginning to end… it did not disappoint. May 07, Gilgamesha rated it liked it. The story and characters are likeable.
The writing is inefficient, choppy, and repetitive. I skim read most of the book. View all 3 comments. At least with them, he knew they only wanted his title. Unfortunately, Robert may have to find a bride sooner than he thought. It seems his father has been feigning his demise and Robert, the soon to be duke, is now the focus of marriage minded mamas.
For Helena, the constancy of numbers gave her a calming peace and a distraction from the hellish memories of living on the streets at the mercy of a ruthless gang. But Helena longed for more. She wanted to have some control in her life. In an attempt to drown his sorrows in drink, Robert ventures into the gaming hell where Helena lives and works.
In a drunken stupor, he stumbles into her room one night. And when Helena and Robert come face to face again, all they thought they knew about the world and themselves changes. This Sinful Brides series promises to be another fabulous series by author Christi Caldwell. Helena had welcomed her job working for her brother, the leader of St.
Giles underbelly. The bastard children of a duke, they had made a life for themselves along with their friends. But Helena longed to be seen as capable and given more control of her life. She knew she was expected to make a match, but if she found none, when her time was up, she could return to the world in which she fit.
So she approaches Robert with said plan. Besides, he owed her for causing her to lose her job. Her plan? No one would dare step on the toes of a future duke. After the scheming machinations of his grandfather, Robert was content with his free and easy, unmarried life. A cold union based on practicality and proper connections. When he sees Helena in the Hell and Sin Club, he is intrigued by the woman with the vicious scar on her face. She seemed an innocent among a den of sinners. What harm could come from this pretend courtship with a woman so out of her element?
And the feelings they were starting to have for one another were very real. Having been born the son of a duke, he could never know the pain and suffering faced by people who lived in the streets. Yet through Robert, she learned that emotion, betrayal, and pain were universal and not just confined to the poor. She was starting to feel a belonging with him and it confused her. For Robert, there was a raw realness to Helena that set her apart.
She was not intimidated by his status and title. The off balanced effect Helena had on him was something he thought he was immune to. For both of them, this game of pretend suddenly felt all too real. What a moving story! I could not put it down! May 25, Pamela rated it it was amazing Shelves: female-heroine , favorites , romance , murder-mystery , regency-era. I just want to say there was nothing sinful about this female character, She had grown up with torture, and serve beatings, that left scars. What she is is smart, and brave.
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Her brother owns a gentleman's club, in a bad side of London. She is restricted to her office, and private quarters, and serves as his book keeper. Black protects her, and three brothers of the streets, and runs the sinful den, full of rich gentleman who gamble, and drink to access away from the eyes of society. The story I just want to say there was nothing sinful about this female character, She had grown up with torture, and serve beatings, that left scars.
The story is about her meeting a marques, on the wrong floor one night, and even though she is innocent her brothers send her to her birth father, who is a Duke. There she meets a sweet half sister , and learns more about the father who gave her birth, but left her and her mother in the hands of evil. She also is reacquainted , with Robert the Lord that started all her troubles, with her brothers.
She faces all types of danger, and the snobbery of the ton. She learns that not all rich people are pampered, and do have to make difficult choices. I loved the romance, and the growth both characters go through. I also do hope more stories evolve from this book. Her brothers, and his sister, are all still available. This is a new author for me, but I will be reading more. The storyline flowed well, and her characters wanted me reading more.
I also loved the ending. Jul 27, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , kindle-unlimited , not-your-moms-rom-podcast. Oct 22, Anna rated it it was amazing. In a nutshell, the story is about two people who live totally different lifestyles.
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These two people have been wounded because of what they feel is betrayal by the very people who should always protect them. They carry scars both visible and invisible that threaten to keep them from ever being truly happy. And they both shape and live their lives in accordance to the pain they have experienced — unwilling to take chances on their heart or love.
He had everything that life could afford him in terms of luxury. It would seem that life was now his for the taking. Yet, he is not happy and while he knows that he has to do right by the title and marry, he is in no hurry to give up his carefree, rogue existence. And as far as he is concerned — because he has learned the hard way, and learned well -- there will be no investment in matters of the heart. He no longer believes in love. Helena Banbury is almost twenty-five.
She grew up in the Dials — alongside the worst of what London has to offer. Helena grew up knowing that her next meal could not be taken for granted. But her brother and her surrogate brothers protect her every move from that danger that scarred her physically. They keep her hidden from Digger, the man that brutalized her and killed her mother — the horrible man that haunts her dreams.
On a night that Robert feels particularly sorry for his circumstances, he over-imbibes. Thinking she is unseen, she moves about the floors of the club in the shadows, before finally returning to her apartment for bed. Robert, who always stays in rooms that he rents stumbles into what he thinks is his room. But — you guessed it — he wakes up in her room. And this rude awakening this morning could be considered the first day of the rest of their lives. Life and circumstances abruptly changes for both of them — and nothing comes easy.
Can they individually face what they fear will destroy them? Facing and freeing oneself of fear takes courage. Can they overcome their scars? Can they decide what they even want? Can they learn to lean on each other? While we all know that there is a HEA with this book, as with all of her books I will leave it to you, the reader, to read it and find out how Christi Caldwell brings you there.
I will tell you that Helena Banbury and Robert Dennington Lord Robert Dennington are worthy of every minute you spend pouring over their lives. I cheered for each of them. I wept for each of them. And I cheered again and again. The characters in this book are rich and dynamic. They seem almost real. You know them through these written pages. Their story is tremendous, and is full of surprises. I want to know more. Christi Caldwell -- my pompoms are waiting in the corner — and I am happily looking forward to Lady Diana and Lord Ryker to perhaps have their day- find that person that makes their toes curl!
Happily… Robert and Helena will be part of their stories. To everyone reading this, I encourage you to buy and read this book. I promise you will not be disappointed. I closed the last page with one word on my lips I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Feb 17, Ira rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , kindle-unlimited. I read this one because it gave me a better pic regarding the next book hero which is this heroine's brother. Well, this story is good but I'm not the hero's fan! He was the typical good for nothing aristocratic who was bitter for 12 years because of his youthful mistake and keep blaming his awful grandfather and his father too for it!
Grown up man, it was 12 years already, gosh!!! Robert scrubbed his hands up and down his face. Just too little too late for me to start to like him: I like the heroine tho, she is a bookkeeper who is good with numbers and working for her brother's gaming hell business, just pity we didn't see much of her work connected in this story especially when the hero family fortune can get some help from her expertise.
Oh well, I really wanted to read Ryker's story now, he was a duke's bastard, growing up on the street, ruthless, cold and the owner of a very successful business but hate his father and the ton very much! And his future heroine? Of course true blue aristocratic! Just in case you wanted to know, this series on KU. Sep 19, Joann Maggio rated it it was amazing.
I read several reviews of this book before I began my own review and really wondered what some of these readers expect. I disappoints me to see an author's work go unrecognized. This book got mixed reviews and I really don't know why. Lord Robert Dennngton, the Marquess of Westfield had been deeply betrayed by a woman he planned to elope with. His grandfather the Duke managed in the worst way possible to prove that woman as a title hungry and money hungry individual. After many years of Robert staying clear of marriage his father the current Duke expects him to marry and beget his heir.
He learns his grandfather has invested unwisely and their finances are in dire straights. Giles he becomes totally drunk and finds himself in a room with Helena Banbury. Helen with the help of her brother and her adopted brothers has escaped the torridness of St. GIles to be closeted away as the clubs bookkeeper. She longs to be free and enjoy life.
When Helena brother Ryker learns Lord Robert spent the night in her room he sends her to live with their father she is very unhappy. She despises the privileged of society. Although both she and her brother were bi-blows of a Duke they have never been recognized as such.