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The Blondness of Honey

What William Shakespeare Might Have Said About The Blondness of Honey:
“Love is blind” and “Love is merely madness.”

But when Laura Hastings fell in love in 1893 America, she wasn’t thinking about William Shakespeare. Maybe she should have been...but Laura Hastings is headstrong, brash, loyal, daring and completely oblivious to the notion of failure as an option. She and her friends Catherine Hastings and Rachel Delacourt are a match made in, uh, not heaven! Not all at once, anyway!

The Blondness of Honey is the story of young women bound by an uncommon love, and life, at a time when the Victorian notions of love and women called for more disciplined and rigorous adherence to traditional relationships. At least publicly.

This is the story of several women who came into their own sense of themselves with little help on how they might pattern their love and their lives. As the dictates of society and their own misunderstandings threaten to derail their impassioned loves, two events in the Nation play a direct part in the outcomes of love--the impending financial crash of 1893 that followed on the heels of the most extraordinary world’s fair, The Columbian Exposition, which opened in Chicago in May of that year.

The Blondness of Honey is set mainly in the San Francisco Bay area, including the nearly inaccessible, rugged and hauntingly beautiful Pt. Reyes Peninsula. Follow this colorful and memorable cast of friends, lovers, families and enemies as they try to make sense of a world where women were both adored and restricted. Follow them into a world where extravagant displays of wealth and acquisition settled in gorgeous mansions on tree-lined streets adjacent to the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods of tenements and hovels.

And watch as these American women discover something the throngs of proud immigrants already knew—that the language of love, and freedom, is that most elusive, non-denominational, non-ethnic value of all human endeavors: tolerance.

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