“Blossom” by Christopher Lentz is a novel of Chinatown, Nob Hill and San Francisco before and during the big earthquake of 1906. Brock St. Clair and Clarissa Donohue are to be married in less than a week. Clarissa requests that Brock go to Chinatown to purchase those darling little fortune cookies for a luncheon she is hosting for her girlfriends before the wedding. Brock finds a little shop that sells homemade cookies and meets an exquisitely beautiful young girl with violet eyes named Blossom. They meet daily in the time leading up to the earthquake and Brock is in a quandary as to his intentions to each girl. This love triangle was fraught with danger from the beginning. The snobbery of those fortunate enough to be living on Nob Hill and the poverty and gang activity of Chinatown brought a true conflict of emotions to Brock.
I enjoyed this novel very much and was able, through the author, to paint my own picture of life in both sections of San Francisco. I must say, I rooted for Blossom throughout, even while feeling sorry for Clarissa who lived in a dream world. It all came crashing down during the earthquake and subsequent firestorm and decisions have to be made. What happens at the end will, I think, surprise you.
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