The Lady Pearls

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The year is 1923. The Santa Rita No. 1 has hit the pay in West Texas, and San Angelo is becoming an oil boom town. Prosperity is flowing, and Miss Pearl's Parlor is open for business! Thirteen women have come to work at Miss Pearl's Parlor. How did they get there? What challenges did they have to overcome? Why did they make so much money? Why did they have so much business? Why San Angelo?


In 1904, fate has brought Victoria Pearl McDougal to live in the adventurous West Texas frontier. In 1921 she has opened Miss Pearl's Parlor, a profitable business on the Concho River in San Angelo where she has incorporated her experiences working as a courtesan at the famous Everleigh Club in Chicago. Just like her mentors, Minna and Ada Everleigh, Victoria Pearl is an expert on men, business and making happy, satisfied customers. "Miss Pearl" is extremely protective of her "lady pearls", and allows only a select, gentlemanly clientele.

The historical facts are true and the stories are real. 

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Hello, my name is Cynthia Jordan and I am excited about sharing PEARL with you. In 1923, the Santa Rita oil discovery prompted the oil boom in West Texas. In 2005 my cowboy, oilman husband moved us to San Angelo, Texas where Miss Hattie's Bordello is a favorite tourist attraction. I soon became fascinated with West Texas history. I asked myself, "Why did women become prostitutes in those days?" My research brought me to the famous Everleigh House in Chicago and I became intrigued by the wisdom of Minna and Eva Everleigh. The ladies made millions catering to wealthy gentlemen and their first customers were Texas cattlemen. As I became intrigued in the research PEARL began to write itself. Human beings have two basic instincts, procreation and survival. PEARL is about understanding our human nature and the wonderment of being a woman. Please feel free to contact us for speaking and book signings at 615-948-5454 or email

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Pearl: A historical novel by Cynthia Jordan

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