Book: Forbidden Love by Shirley Martincategories: Book, Society Woman, Steelworker, Spunky Heroine, Handsome Hero, Impossible Love, Wealthy Stockbroker, Unhappy Marriage, Pittsburgh, Dirty Steeltown, Unfaithful Husband, Steel Mill, Historical Romance
Shirley G. Martinabout this book: Imagine a steel worker, literally from the wrong side of the tracks, who is in love with a society woman. Now imagine that this woman is married. Conflict! And lots of it. Owen, a steelworker, meets Lisa at a reading club. There is an immediate attraction between them. But she is about to marry. What Owen doesn't know is that she doesn't love her fiance, a wealthy stockbroker, but is marrying to save her widowed mother from poverty.
A strike is brewing at the Homestead Steel Works and Owen realizes that this will result in a further deplection of his funds. He wants to better himself, get out of the steel business and go to the university to become a civil engineeer.
Meanwhile, Lisa is married to a man she doesn't love, a man who wants her only as a trophy wife.
Despite all the worries inherent in the steel strike, Owen is torn with his love for Lisa.
"Forbidden Love" centers around the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892, an actual event, but the main focus is on the love between Owen and Lisa.
This romance novel required a great deal of research. As s former Pittsburgher, I'm interested in its history. I read everything I could about the steel business at that time. I also read about Homestead, a dirty steel town, and Shadyside, where the wealthy society people lived. I read about fashions of the time. Then, too, I learned about the steel bosses of the time, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.
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