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Cera's Place by [McKenna, Elizabeth]
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About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna is a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. She never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so when a psychic told her she would write a book, Elizabeth felt obligated to give it a try. She combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her first novel Cera's Place. She recently released a short story titled The Gypsy Casts a Spell. Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin (Packers, Brewers, and Badgers - oh my!) with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5215 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PNP3BI
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, history, romance, and high tension 11 Jun. 2012
By Gail M Baugniet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I started to read this book yesterday. At Chapter 16, I realized I wasn't ready to part company with the many interesting and feisty characters. I clicked off my kindle and read the final four chapters today. The no-frills storytelling, natural character development, unexpected plot twists, and high level tension deserve five stars.

Elizabeth McKenna's novel, Cera's Place, was presented to me as a story with a strong female character. I purchased the book expecting a mystery, and discovered instead a well-blended mix of genres. Civil War era San Francisco is the historical setting; the main venue is a western-style saloon in the tradition of Miss Kitty's Long Branch on the old Gunsmoke television series; and relationships develop into romantic union. For me, there is a murder that drives the novel into thriller territory.

Cera's Place has gambling tables and plenty of whisky, but no pay-as-you-go action in the upstairs rooms. Miss Cera does not condone the misuse of females in the profession of prostitution. She also abhors the kidnapping from the Orient of young women, who are then forced into San Francisco's world of prostitution. After Jake, a drifter fulfilling a wartime promise, shows up at the saloon, he and Cera engage in a vacillating game of escalating emotions.

The characters of Cera Cassidy and Jake Tanner are fully fleshed out in the course of the novel. The villains are easily recognizable. The supporting cast is lively, offering plenty of tension and misunderstanding. Yet, one side pulls together to right a horrific wrong, the increasing control of the city by men who judge their actions by the potential to make money.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first effort 25 May 2013
By The Book Breeze - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read CERA’S PLACE a couple of months ago and wasn’t going to review it but since it is still with me I decided it was time to put my thoughts about this book to paper.

It takes place in San Francisco in 1869. Having escaped a life of prostitution, salon owner Cera Cassidy offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. At Cera's Place, men are offered a decent meal and an honest card game, but nothing more.

One of the men who stroll through her doors is Jake Tanner, an ex-soldier haunted by war with one last mission – to fulfill a friend’s dying wish. His mission is accomplished almost immediately so when a distraught Chinese girl arrives with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution he embroils himself in Cera’s search for justice despite her objections.

This is a debut novel for Elizabeth McKenna. Her portrayal of time and place are excellent. It’s much more than an ex-hooker with a heart story, it brings to life a time in history when a woman’s options were limited and her civil rights left to the whims of men. McKenna’s supporting characters are memorable and are often the glue that holds the story together.

I struggled with the main characters, Jake and Cera. Their relationship was uneven. It didn’t unfold but jerked forward like a car with a bad clutch. They seemed underdeveloped, especially in comparison with the other supporting characters.

But Ms. McKenna is an excellent writer and I am looking forward to new offerings from her in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cera's Place 5 Feb. 2014
By Midnight Attic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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In fulfilling the last request of a dying friend, Jake meets Cera and becomes involved in her attempt to rescue some Chinese girls that had been kidnapped and sold into prostitution. Fun action/adventure romance with Cera charging out to see justice done, and Jake following in her wake, hoping to accompany her and provide assistance, as she goes about what she feels she must do. Cera was a strong, capable young woman, and definitely not a typical damsel in distress. I liked that Jake was accepting of that and, while trying to temper her more foolhardy ideas, seemed to feel it was better to try and help her than try to and stop her altogether. And I appreciated the update at the end that said what happened to all the characters from Cera's saloon. Great story!
4.0 out of 5 stars Breath of Life 19 Oct. 2012
By Kim Justice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My Review:
Here we go, this book had me in the beginning with it's characters and storyline, until some of the scenes went just a little to far in the sexual content. At the very beginning it was not that bad and it actually grabbed my attention due to the finish content of it. The character Jake Tanner has a harsh scared demeanor about him.

The main character, Cera is one lady that I wouldn't want to mess with. But given the time, place and situations within the book you get to know why she is the way she is. The many other characters within these pages are some that you want to hug and some slap.

There is heart ache, mystery, love, anger, battles that you will have to turn the page to understand them all. Author Elizabeth McKenna's writing has you all tangled up with in her fictional but so life like situations that you will have a hard time putting down.

I am not going any further as to the book, do not want to give it away. As I said above the sexual content of the book is one thing that I could have done with out. Some of the parts were way to over done for me as to the story.

So I will leave it up to you to read for yourself and make your own decision.

But for my review, I am giving this book a Breath of Life rating of:

Four Clock Rating!!!

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine. And your opinion may differ.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cera' s Place 14 Mar. 2014
By Kywoman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good story and full of love and fighting. Cera and Jake love fights were fun to read. Wish there were no sexual slaves then or now.
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