✸ American Duchess Epub ✻ Author Karen Harper – Rvtrek.info

4.5 starsThis novel I happened to see on one of my friend s Instagram and had immediate book envy I absolutely love the cover and the novel itself sounded so intriguing Let me just rave about this cover art for just a moment The orange hues are incredible and if I was walking thru a bookstore and saw this book, I would instantly grab it The cover art is elegant and appealing, especially to a reader who loves this era like me.So, as it happened, I shamelessly begged for a copy of this book because I couldn t stand the thought of missing out on it I only have basic knowledge of Consuelo Vanderbilt and was eager to learn about one of America s icons.Like many other readers, I think this book fit perfectly in with the most recent royal wedding of Meghan Markel and Prince Harry I was primed to read something like this book not just because I loved the royal wedding, but I loved the idea of an American marry into British royalty Plus the turn of the century is one of my favorite periods to read about so this was a book I was primed to love from the start.For me, this was a little on the fluffy side of historical fiction There was of course historical facts and references woven into the narrative but the bulk of the story focuses on Consuelo as a person rather than her historical impact which was perfectly fine with me Because of this, her triumphs and struggles all felt a little personal to me.I often found myself Googling little events and facts about Consuelo, she led a fascinating life and I couldn t get enough of her the that I read this book I absolutely detested the Duke of Marlborough, or Sunny as many called him I felt so bad for her and was astonished that she persevered in a less than ideal situation.I read this book much faster than I anticipated because I was completely taken in by the glitz and glamor of the heiress and the Duke I couldn t help but stay up reading late into the night The first person narrative was very fitting for this book and made it enjoyable to read and was fast paced Like some other reviewers, I wish I had known how many years separated some events in the overall timeline, but in general I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction and all things royal See my full review here I have been fascinated by the Vanderbilts and Blenheim Palace since the first time I visited Britain in the seventies The American Duchess is entertaining and educational I found myself searching for information to further my reading experience I strongly recommend this novel I enjoyed The Royal Nanny, too and feel historical fiction is Karen Harper s forte Can t wait to share this novel. This author apparently has a wide following, and if you like fluffed up historical fiction, you ll probably be a fan.If on the other hand you like a little than cardboard characters and weak dialogue if you like books that are based on REAL people that make you feel as if you d met them, and want to read about them, just leave this one alone and move on.P.S Edith Wharton makes a cameo appearance here, and talks about writing a book she will call The Buccaneers She never finished it, but it was published as it was in 1938 Later Marian Mainwaring completed the book, and there was a splendid TV miniseries based on it, which you can find on YouTube.One of the characters is Consuelo, based not on Consuelo Vanderbilt, but on her godmother Consuelo Yznaga Highly recommended. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, especially when it contains The Gilded Age, family money, and England American Duchess is the story of Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was forced literally by her mother Alva to marry the Duke of Marlborough It was the in thing during this time for American Heiresses to jump the pond to find husbands with titles I found the book interesting, but it went so fast, barely delving into the characters and their lives It read a bit like a romance that had some historical fiction components to it. Before Meghan And Harry, Another American Princess Captured The Hand Of An English Aristocrat Now, Karen Harper Tells The Tale Of Consuelo Vanderbilt, Her The Wedding Of The Century To The Duke Of Marlborough, And Her Quest To Find Meaning Behind The Glitter And The Gold On A Cold November Day In 1895, A Carriage Approaches St Thomas Episcopal Church On New York City S Fifth Avenue Massive Crowds Surge Forward, Awaiting Their Glimpse Of Heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt Just 18, The Beautiful Bride Has Not Only Arrived Late, But In Tears, Yet Her Marriage To The Aloof Duke Of Marlborough Proceeds Bullied Into The Wedding By Her Indomitable Mother, Alva, Consuelo Loves Another But A Deal Was Made, Trading Some Of The Vast Vanderbilt Wealth For A Title And Prestige, And Consuelo, Bred To Obey, Realizes She Must Make The Best Of Things.At Blenheim Palace, Consuelo Is Confronted With An Overwhelming List Of Duties, Including Producing An Heir And A Spare, But Her Relationship With The Duke Quickly Disintegrates Consuelo Finds An Inner Strength, Charming Everyone From Debutantes To Diplomats Including Winston Churchill, As She Fights For Women S Suffrage And When She Takes A Scandalous Leap, Can She Hope To Attain Love At Last From The Dawning Of The Opulent Gilded Age, To The Battles Of The Second World War, American Duchess Is A Riveting Tale Of One Woman S Quest To Attain Independence At Any Price. An enjoyable fictionalized account of the life of Consuelo Vanderbilt What kinds of troubles can a young rich American beauty have Well, young Consuelo Vanderbilt did not want to marry the English Duke her mother handpicked for her Oh, the horror She was rich and he had the title, so in the end, she was bullied into it even though she loved another man Oh boy, the problems the rich have dont seem to be too awful to me but I guess everything is relative In the end, as the feminist movement gained steamed, Consuelo asserted herself and lived the life she wanted I enjoyed reading this historical fiction lite It was easy and entertaining. American Duchess is the fascinating story of Consuelo Vanderbilt of the American Vanderbilts yes, those ones who already lives a fairy tale life in the United States as part of one of the storied families of the Gilded Age When she marries the Duke of Marlborough, her star rises even higher on both sides of the Atlantic But this rise also feels like a gilded cage than a gilded opportunity and Consuelo will have to work hard to cut out the life that she desires for herself Consuelo is a great character and I love that the story was told from her perspective This really brought me into the story and made me care for Consuelo as a person I had heard a little bit about her before reading this book but it was great to get detail about her life I thought the author did a really good job of balancing detail in the book but I wanted I really enjoyed this book The writing was good but there were definitely places where I wish there would have been some greater detail It felt like we were only getting a taste of some of the subjects that could have used a little investigation This book was still satisfying but I definitely would love to read about Consuelo in the future I enjoyed this historical fiction story of Consuelo Vanderbilt and we walk in her shoes as she journeys her life, and although being born with the preverbal silver spoon, we see her trials and accomplishments up close through the eyes of the author.Now I ll admit I did Google Consuelo, and the story follows the time line, only we are with her and her thoughts.What a life this woman lived, and loved how she was able to forgive those who had hurt her, and was always giving to those less fortunate.A don t miss book for the new year, and your enjoyment I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher William Morrow, and was not required to give a positive review RATING 2 STARS2019 William Morrow Paperbacks HarperCollins Canada Review Not on Blog After the recent whirlwind romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the TV series, The Crown this novel seems to be published at the right time The gorgeous cover drew me to this one, and I figured a Vanderbilt marrying a British royalty would at least be fun I tried reading this one last month eBook and I didn t get beyond page 25 I then turned to audio and it helped me finish the novel One of my biggest concerns with the novel was that I felt no connection to any of the characters The author tells us about them rather than show who the characters are After reading the book, I went on Wikipedia, and realized that this is was almost how the novel was written Not feeling invested in what happened to the characters, it was really difficult to continue the book I was distracted with setting up my new phone so I was able to finish the book It s been less than a few hours and I could not pass a simple quiz on this book I would recommend The Gown A Novel of the Royal Wedding instead, if you are looking for a royal theme historical fiction I received an eARC from EDELWEISS American Duchess


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