The Gilded Cage - A dazzling beauty in a city
of splendor and sin by Edith Layton
ISBN: 0451402642 Penguin Group (USA)
Post-Civil War New York was a golden city where wealth waited for the bold and everything had its price. It was here that well-born but impoverished Lucy Markham sought fame and fortune on the stage under a false name -- and became the toast of the town and the target of every man-about-town. It was here that handsome, iron-willed millionaire Josh Dylan came to put the seal on his success by conquering society. The moment Josh saw Lucy, he wanted her -- but only as his mistress. The moment Lucy saw Josh, she fought to quell her desire for him. For neither could afford to surrender to the one thing that threatened their carefully laid plains. Love.
From the Critics
M. Penna - Inside Romance
Edith Layton gives us a thoroughly delightful tale of love so pure, it can withstand the obstacles put in its path by society and individuals that try to thwart it.
The characters are not only believable, they are sensitive and very real. I found myself falling for Josh and his western drawl and applauding Lucy's ability to retain her integrity in a situation filled with temptations.
I enjoyed this novel more than I could possibly tell you. This one's a "keeper".
Kathe Robin - Rave Reviews
Edith Layton's fascination and obvious adoration of the theater comes shining through this charming tale set in the tawdry world of the post-Civil War musical theater, chock-full of wonderful details of stage production and the public's obsession with operettas. The lifestyle of actors and actresses make up the crux of The Gilded Cage. Lucy and Josh's romance takes a back seat to Ms. Layton's love for the theater turning The Gilded Cage into more than a romance, but a novel centering on the changing musical theater. Look for the sequel with Josh's brother as the hero next year.