The Golden Age of Board Games

0 comments Posted on December 8, 2020

by Susan G Mathis

How many of you choose board games for Christmas gifts? I often do. The golden age of board games coincided with The Gilded Age (about 1870-1920s), so every novel I write includes one of the popular board games of its day.

Board game popularity soared as mass production made the games more affordable and easily available for the common family. Most board games were—and still are—based on strategy or chance and have a set of rules and a specific goal to achieve.

Some represent real-life situations. Others pose a battle between foes. Still others have no specific theme, while many have themes that involve opponents defeating each other.

In Reagan’s Reward, twin boys get a game called “Pirate and Traveler.” Board games have a unique way of bringing family and friends together to have fun and learn from one another. Perhaps you’ll consider giving the gift of board games this year.

In my sixth Gilded Age story, Reagan’s Reward, it’s 1912, and Reagan Kennedy assumes the position of governess to the Bernheim family’s twin nephews, and her life at Cherry Island’s Casa Blanca becomes frustratingly complicated. Service to a Jewish family when she is a Gentile and tending to eight-year-old, mischievous boys yield challenges galore.

Daniel Lovitz serves as the island’s caretaker and boatman. He tries to help the alluring Reagan make sense of her new world, but she calls into question his own faith background and forces him to face the hurts of his past. Then there’s the jealous lady’s maid who seems intent on wedging herself between them. Can he and Reagan ever find common ground on such a small island?

Susan G Mathis is an award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Her first two books of The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, Devyn’s Dilemma and Katelyn’s Choice are available now, and she’s working on book three. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are also available. Susan’s books have won numerous awards, including the Illumination Book Award, the American Fiction Award and the Indie Excellence Book Award. Visit for more.


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