Love and Other Consolation Prizes
by Jamie Ford
From The Jacket:
For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home.”

The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known—and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he’s always desired.

But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love.

Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle’s second World’s Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters.

Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.


Shop Our Etsy Store
PbrHome - totes, wine bags, pillows for the book lover
Recent Book Reviews
Book Review -  The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
The Last Thing He Told Me
By by Laura Dave
Laura Dave raises the question, can you ever really know someone? Even your husband, who you love and believe loves you? This family drama begins with Hannah receiving a cryptic note from her husband saying protect her, ...More

 Book Review - Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun
By Kazuo Ishiguro
This is one of those books that you either love or hate. I loved it. It reminded me of "Never Let Me Go" by this author. It's been a while since I read "Never Let Me Go," so I don't remember every detail ... More
Book Review - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Midnight Library
By Matt Haig
I would love to find a magical library that lets me explore the what-ifs of life. In fact, I think this was my favorite part of the book. Who doesn't have a regret or two, or wonder how life would be with different choices? It's impossible not to think about this as you read this book....More

 What To Read Next - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
American Dirt
By Jeanine Cummins
There is a lot to discuss and ponder with Jeanne Cummins's new book American Dirt. She delivers an emotional read about a young mother and her son as they flee Mexico fearing retaliation from the ...More
Visit Our Blog
Browse A Little
Sign Up For Our Free Newsletter
PBR book reviews and Reading guides for book clubs
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Pintrest Follow us on InstaGram
Visit out Etsy Shop
10 Books I Can't Stop Recommending
10 Books I Can't Stop Recommending