Book: Redesigning Emma by Diane Owens Prettymancategories: Book, Romance, Women's Fiction, Newsies, Historical Manhattan, Beach Read, Historical Fiction
Diane Owens Prettymanabout this book: As Manhattan speeds toward the twentieth century, Emma Ludwig refuses to be left behind. She is determined to sell her line of modern twentieth-century woman hats to the elite of Manhattan. When she uncovers the men behind the newsboy strike of 1899, trouble ensues.
I researched this book for several years before finishing this final manuscript. My grandmother lived in Manhattan and worked as a milliner. This connection to her only increased my fascination with this pivotal point in history. The newspaper barons, Hearst and Pulitzer, the Four Hundred List, Diamond Jim Brady and the Five Points Gang provided for a rich background to the fictional story of a young woman trying to make her way in business.
Jim Gingerich, a Long Island artist, developed the cover of my book. The picture portrays New York Harbor, the Staten Island Ferry, and the moment Emma meets the man destined to change her future. The original pastel turned into a book cover is a unique approach to cover design. I had hoped its action and artistic flair would draw readers into the story with just one look.
The manuscript has won multiple awards including first place in historical romance from the Colorado Romance Writers. I fell in love with the fashion of the time period and many have commented that they enjoyed the voice and vivid descriptions of the book.
I hope you enjoy Emma's story.
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