American Duchess Lib/E: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt Audio CD – Unabridged, 26 February 2019
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- Publisher : HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (26 February 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1982606606
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982606602
- Dimensions : 16.76 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
- Customer Reviews:
This tender, well-researched novel lets readers see the economic, social, and political highlights of the nineteenth-century Gilded Age brought to life through Consuelo Vanderbilt's eyes.-- "Booklist"
A sweeping history of the Gilded Age, this novel is for fans of historical fiction, PBS' Downton Abbey, and the recent royal wedding.-- "Library Journal"
Harper entices readers with this lively novel about wealthy American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt...Harper's story highlights how the wealth that prevented Consuelo from making her own decisions also enabled her to better the lives of those less fortunate. This immersive novel believably puts the reader in Consuelo's shoes.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Harper writes with effortless prose and an expert take on the era.-- "Publishers Weekly on Mistress of Mourning"
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author KAREN HARPER is a former Ohio State University instructor and high school English teacher. Published since 1982, she writes contemporary suspense and historical novels about real British women. Two of her recent Tudor-era books were bestsellers in the UK and Russia. Harper won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for Dark Angel, and her novel Shattered Secrets was judged one of the best books of the year by Suspense Magazine.
Ann Marie Gideon, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a professional actress based in Atlanta. She received a BFA in theater performance from the University of Memphis and trained at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Throughout her college career, she gained professional experience by performing at Playhouse on the Square. Soon after, she toured across the country with the National Players and then landed in Atlanta, Georgia, with Georgia Shakespeare. She is now expanding her career into voice-over work, film, and television.
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This novel gives a perfunctory account of Consuelo’s life in a bland, ‘I did this, I did that’ sort of way. Considering this novel has been written in the first person, I feel the author should have been able to develop her character’s personality more fully, to get inside her head and convey some real depth and emotion. Instead Consuelo comes across as unbelievably perfect, soppy and naive. Yet considering her circumstances and upbringing, I suspect she was a rather tough bitch. She certainly made some strong choices, leaving an unhappy marriage and seeking a divorce, and yet still surviving socially. So I don’t think the author portrayed her character very realistically. Also some of the language used in the book seems improbable. I cannot imagine the real teenage Consuelo back in the 1890’s talking about her ‘swelling breasts’, and I also don’t think people back then used words like, ‘Yahoo’, ‘Smashing’ (as an adjective) and ‘spouting off’ Just to name a bit of the jargon used in this book.
If you are interested in the excessively wealthy, who inherited and married money, then spent it frivolously and indecently, then you may find Consuelo’s story interesting, but you would be better off just reading the account of her life in Wikipedia, than slogging through this uninspiring tale.
Edith Wharton apparently based her book ‘The Buccaneers’ on Consuelo Vanderbilt. Read that instead. Mrs Wharton is a much better writer!
I’m absolutely stunned this has 4.5 review. The story is actually quite interesting, I’ve read about this woman in lots of other books, but the author has made it simplistic and banal.
The language used in the book does not relate in any way to the sort of language that would have been in used this period of history.
In my view this is ‘chick-lit’. It’s like the 1000’s of simplistic novels one sees at regional airports. My fault fir not ‘ Reading between the lines‘ of the reviews, and not noticing it was a novel! I’ll be much more careful next time and read reviews from book reviews (I can’t imagine what they would say about this book).
Top reviews from other countries
Thoroughly enjoyed this Vanderbilt saga with it's roots as far back as George Washington and to the present to Anderson Cooper.