From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan

From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan

Download From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan pdf book free online – From From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan: Read the book that inspired the national charity Girls Love Mail. Self-indulgent young writer Thomas Gadwell has traveled from Boston to the new Hotel Del Coronado in California to at last finish his novel when he meets the clever and headstrong Miss Mary Harting. Buy From Amazon

At once Thomas tosses aside his literary pursuits for a charmed summer of romance that ends with the happy couple making future plans. However, Mary Harting is the only unmarried daughter of notorious railroad tycoon Charles Harting, and he has no intention of letting a useless wordsmith derail his own critical plans for Mary. 

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The couple must continue a clandestine courtship, but Thomas’ ingenuity has unexpected repercussions and he unwittingly uncovers a sinister plot of deception, greed, and blackmail. Guided by mentor Henry James, to win Mary, Thomas must step from the pages of the world he creates to explore his own insecurities, battle against worldly corruption, and expose family demons.Told through a series of clever, heartfelt, and engaging letters, From Across the Room is a voyeuristic escapade that delights at every twist. Reflecting back to a time when letters were saved in the imagination of the reader, the lost art of letter writing brings to life the opulent Gilded Age and unfolds the universal passions of love, ambition, and the resilient bonds of family.

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I read and loved Gina Mulligan’s other novel, Remember the Ladies, about the women’s suffrage movement, so I was excited to return to her writing with From Across the Room.

Thomas Gladwell is a writer who has traveled to California from his home in Boston in order to finish his novel when he bumps into (literally) Miss Mary Harting, from a well-to-do railroad-owning family. Thomas’ desire to write is cast aside because he falls in love; however, the Harting family is not on board with the match because a writer simply could not be worthy.

There is a bit of intrigue as Thomas uncovers some information that could have big and lasting repercussions. I have to mention, Thomas’ mentor is none other than Henry James. It is through letters that Thomas and Mary continue their forbidden courtship. Will love win out over family and rules of social class?

Set during the Gilded Age, the sense of time and place immediately was brought to life in From Across the Room. The epistolary style was achieved in a natural way with a bird’s-eye-view on Mary and Thomas. The intrigue added some fun and flair and definitely kept up the tension.

Overall, I found From Across the Room to be delightful and charming with characters I cherished and a compelling storyline.

Thank you to Amy Bruno of HFVBT for the invitation to read this novel, and to the author for the beautiful signed copy. All opinions are my own.

Review of From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan

From Across the Room is told through letters written by Thomas Gadwell, an aspiring novelist in the late 19th Century. Thomas has arrived in San Diego from Boston one summer, suffering from writer’s block and hoping to find his muse.

He becomes distracted by the lovely and engaging Mary Harting, the daughter of a tycoon who disapproves of her burgeoning friendship with Thomas. While trying to win Mary’s affection and prove himself worthy to her father, he uncovers corruption and deception, adding a layer of intrigue to their love story.

The letters that Thomas writes to his family, to his literary agent, to his mentor, Henry James, and to Mary are witty, charming, desperate, and heartfelt. They reveal his heart, his insecurities, and his determination in a very clever way. This book is delightfully entertaining, filled with intriguing characters and a compelling story.

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