Shaken to the Core
A forbidden love forged by fire
Kate Winthrop, the only child of a wealthy shipping magnate, has the course of her life charted for her by her parents. She’s expected to marry well and produce a successor to the Winthrop empire. But Kate has a very different path in mind. Her true passion lies with photography—and with women.
Alone in the city after losing her brother, Sicilian immigrant Giuliana Russo starts working for the Winthrops as a maid. Despite their different social status, Kate and Giuliana become friends, much to the dismay of Kate’s parents.
As the connection between the two women grows, a devastating earthquake hits San Francisco and ignites fires that sweep through the city for three days and nights.
Will the disaster shatter their tentative feelings for each other, or will they find the courage to save each other’s lives—and their hearts?
Join Kate and Giuliana on a journey of danger and discovery in the action-packed historical romance Shaken to the Core, set against the backdrop of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Publication date: June 2016
Length: 126,000 words / 386 pages
Tropes & themes: turn-of-the-century, historical romance, rich girl/ poor girl, disaster novel
- GCLS Literary Award 2017;
- Rainbow Awards 2016 – Best Lesbian Historical & Paranormal Romance (3rd place)
- I Heart SapphFic – Best Sapphic Historical Fiction (3rd place) 2022
“Jae’s newest contribution to the lesbian historical fiction genre is remarkable. Following the lives of two very different women as the navigate through this disaster brick by brick is one that had me glued to the pages of this story from the moment I read page one.”
“I could hear the buildings collapse, see the flames consuming the city and smell the smoke in the air. … You don’t have to be a historical romance aficionado to get swept up in this novel.”
Normally, I’m not one for historicla romances, but Jae seems to be the exception. I connected with the characters easily.
“I stayed up reading all night because I couldn’t put this book down!”
“This book is amazing!”
Lesbian Reading Room
“Charming romance, strong, admirable women, an unusual setting, great historical storytelling and, as always, with a style which makes the tale unfold with consummate ease.”</>