• What the Lady Wants

  • A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age
  • By: Renée Rosen
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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What the Lady Wants

By: Renée Rosen
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
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Publisher's Summary

In late 19th-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto, "Give the lady what she wants." His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair.

The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia watches the flames rise and consume what was the pioneer town of Chicago, she can't imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world are about to change - nor can she guess that the agent of that change will not simply be the fire but more so the man she meets that night.

Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Field reopens his well-known dry goods store and transforms it into something the world has never seen before: a glamorous palace of a department store. He and his powerhouse coterie - including Potter Palmer and George Pullman - usher in the age of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation.

But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of loneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despite disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an adolescent Chicago is transformed into the gleaming White City of Chicago's World's Fair of 1893.

©2014 Renée Rosen (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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An average read

I have not read a great deal of historical fiction, but I found this book to be a bit thin ... Neither the characters nor the events comprising the story were well developed. I did not engage emotionally in this book, and so give it 3 stars as an adequate audible selection.

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Wasn’t expecting that!

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs I grew up going to Marshall Field’s. I found this book at a book fair and decided to by the audiobook. This book is what I wanted The Devil in the White City to be, a perfect mix of story telling and history. I was shocked with sex in the book but it made the book more intriguing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and was in loved and miss shopping at Marshall Field’s

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Great Story Arch

I enjoyed the character development and storyline. It was an enjoyable and accepting of people’s differences.

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Good story!

if you're a fan of historical fiction or love Chicago or have any interest in the Gilded Age... read this book.

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Great book!

Loved it! I really enjoyed it and wished there was a continuation of Delia's life in a sequel.

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Sappy romance

I had high hopes after reading The Social Graces and enjoyed it. This author has certainly improved her craft since writing this one. I am fairly easily drawn into even mediocre stories but found myself fast forwarding this book over and over just to get through it

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What the lady wanted!

Captivating historical fiction about Chicago icon, Marshall Field. Story begins with the Chicago Fire and includes historical happenings during his lifetime. Haymarket Riot is juxtaposed against Fields' Gilded-Age lifestyle. Also reveals Fields' role in attracting the Columbian Exposition to Chicago in 1893. Fascinating personal love story. This Chicagoan enjoyed a glimpse into the life of this legendary City Father