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Cera's Place [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth McKenna
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

San Francisco saloon owner Cera Cassidy offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. At Cera’s Place, men can get a decent hot meal with a whiskey, but if they want anything more, they have to take their desires elsewhere. One summer night, a distraught Chinese girl bursts through the swinging doors with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution. Outraged, Cera vows to set things right.

Jake Tanner, a scarred ex-soldier haunted by the horrors of the Civil War, is on a mission to fulfill a friend’s dying wish. The trail has brought him to Cera’s door. Captivated by her Irish beauty, he wants to join her fight – but will she let him?

Elizabeth McKenna’s debut novel is a fast-paced adventure filled with memorable characters that will leave you wanting more. Get lost in a time gone by and fall in love today!


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Chosen as Best Historical Romance 2012 by Lori Caswell (escapewithdollycas.com/2012/12/28/best-reads-of-2012/) "An awesome debut! A love story that will carry you back to a very exciting time...A perfect story for me. I was unable to put it down."

"I give Cera's Place 5 stars. I highly enjoyed reading the adventure of Jake and Cera." Kathy from Inside the Mind of Wenona (wenonahulsey.com/2012/01/review-ceras-place-by-elizabeth-mckenna.html)
 
"Cera's Place...leaves you with a nice, romantic story you can't help but get lost in." 4 out of 5 stars from Jessica of Peace Love Books (readingwithstyle.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-ceras-place-by-elizabeth.html)

"Cera's Place is a beautiful and sweeping love story that you can easily fall in love with.  With compassionate characters and enticing drama, Elizabeth McKenna writes a charming historical western romance readers will adore!" 4 out of 5 stars from Lisa of Once Upon a Chapter (onceuponachapter.com/2012/02/review-ceras-place-by-elizabeth-mckenna.html)

"Elizabeth McKenna delivered a powerful and captivating read with Cera's Place. Supported by a striking and witty cast of characters, Cera's Place... is a thrilling read that kept me riveted to my chair from start till finish!" 4 stars from Marissa's Book Lounge (dream-mistress.blogspot.com/2012/02/requested-review-ceras-place-by.html)

About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had 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 she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

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  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468110276
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PNP3BI
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pat's Book Review October 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

This story takes place in 1869, San Francisco. It's a time when thugs and Chinese mafia prevail and many poor citizens don't have a chance in stopping their crimes. One of the crimes involves the kidnapping and buying young Chinese girls for the purpose of prostitution.

There are interesting and well developed characters in this book who seem to be very believable. The interplay among them all is well defined
The main characters, however; are a saloon owner, Cera Cassidy, who offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. Her salon is called Cera's Place where men can get a decent hot meal, whiskey or ale and an honest card game. Anything more, they have to go elsewhere.

Jake Tanner is a scarred survivor of the horrors of the Civil War who is haunted by all he has seen and done during that war. For 4 years he has been traveling all over the US trying to fulfill a friend's dying wish. At the end of his journey he ends up at Cera's Place. There is immediate chemistry and mistrust between the two.

Just prior to Jake's arrival at Cera's Place a distraught Chinese girl bursts through the swinging doors with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution. Cera vows to set things right.

The story continues with Cera, Jake and all the rest of the colorful characters trying to "set things right". There is enough romance, comedy, jealousies; mystery and suspense to keep most readers interested.

My only disappointment in this story is taht it was so predictable, but I enjoyed reading it anyway.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough Lady Heroine September 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I chose to read this book as I enjoy historical romances and so when the author contacted me I graciously accepted.

This book takes place just after the Civil War in the 1800s in America. I immediately was hooked into the time and place. Cera and her crew were a very diverse group and were all working together to make their lives positive. Jake happens upon Cera's Place while looking for a friend's daughter. He is mesmerized by Cera and what she has going on at her place.

I did like Cera's character. She was tough and independent during a time when most women had men to take care of them. She provides a place for other women to gain their strength to move on. When Jake arrives at the saloon, she notices him but is skeptical. Jake is immediately taken by her beauty, and begins to stick around. He finds himself in the right place at the wrong time and tries to convince Cera that he can help. I liked Jake's character. He was strong, but cautious when it came to dealing with Cera.

The romance and trials that happened at Cera's Place and in the town were my favorite. The pages turned quickly. Once the crew ended up fleeing town to protect themselves, I thought the story lost a little bit of its umph, but overall it was a good story.

If you like historical romances, this is a great story in a newer time. The author does not over do the story with too many historical time references. There are the horses and wagons, guns, soldiers, and a good old romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Debut!!!!! August 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
Set in San Francisco in 1849 Cera's Place is where men go for a hot meal, whiskey and a game of cards. You want anything more you can take your business somewhere else. Prostitution is not allowed. Cera offers women honest work and a chance to redeem themselves.

The employees at Cera's place are her family and she will go to great lengths to protect them. Even places women at not allowed. So when a young Chinese woman bursts threw the door telling of murder, kidnapping and the selling of young girls, Cera vows to save every girl she can and put those responsible for this outrage behind bars or worse.

Jake Tanner, a soldier from the Civil War, enters Cera's Place as a man on a mission. He comes with many scars inside and out but thinks things will be better if he can just fulfill a promise he made to his dying friend. Meeting Cera he is immediately taken by her strength and beauty. He wants to stay on and help her in her fight but she has been burned by a man before and is wary of Jake's intentions. She may need to swallow her pride and admit she needs him in more ways than one.

An awesome debut! A love story that will carry you back to a very exciting time. It turned out to be really different from what I was expecting.

Cera is strong, outspoken, opinionated, all very uncommon for woman of this era. She only has her saloon because she has a male partner. She is a lady all about justice repeatedly putting herself and others in danger.

Jake comes to town just in time to save Cera and himself. They both need each other. First they need to right the wrongs of others and then they can concentrate on healing each other.

All the characters were very well developed and believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace after the war July 17, 2012
By chick35
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a romance, action packed post Civil War story. Cera runs a saloon, it is 1869, after the war, she has helped several women by providing a good clean place where they can work, and be safe.
Jake is a former captain with the army, now four years later, he has finally found the young girl he has been looking for, to give her a necklace that her dying father made Jake promise to give to her. Her father was Jake's friend and died saving him. Now he has lost everything, his wife, child and a real will to live. He and Cera really get off on the wrong foot, when she does not trust him or any other man for that matter, she has been deeply hurt by another male, so she is leary of Jake.
She is a softy where helping others is concerned, so unknowingly she puts herself and her friends in danger by trying to be helpful. After some tense times, an excape, a battle and new direction, she is back on track, with her friends and Jake by her side. This a really good book, with historical facts and fiction romance.

This is a complimentary book from the Author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A SEXY WAR HERO MEETS GORGEOUS IRISH SALOON OWNER AT THE END OF HER...
A sexy war hero meets a gorgeous Irish saloon owner with a shotgun in his face! Now that a great beginning to a romance story! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patty McKenna Van Hulle
4.0 out of 5 stars Cera' s Place
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.
Published 9 months ago by Kywoman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cera's Place
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... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Midnight Attic Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book starts out well, I liked the characters and was interested in them. But it deteriorates into unnecessarily graphic sex scenes and I ended up not liking anyone in the book... Read more
Published 14 months ago by wallysgma
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
If I hadn't gotten it for free, then I wouldn't have bothered purchasing this book. Very hard to get into!
Published 18 months ago by FarmChick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first effort
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. Read more
Published 19 months ago by The Book Breeze
4.0 out of 5 stars Cera's Place
Set in the Mid-1800's of San Francisco, Ms. McKenna brought to reality the suffrage of the Chinese immigrants in this time period. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Angela Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding love story.
I absolutely fell in love with this book. The love story that developed between Jake and Cera captivated me . I couldn't put the book down. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stacey Higgins
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read!
I am going to admit I was unsure of this one. I am not a fan of the books set way back in history, so when I saw this took place in the 1800's, I was afraid I was in for some sort... Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but...
This was a good read but a bit unrealistic. Even if the scenario Cera finds herself in were to be believable there would have had to be more depth to the story. Read more
Published on October 31, 2012 by jgdom
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More About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had 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 she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel, Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

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