DUSTING OFF ANOTHER NEGLECTED BOOK…

It is time for another search of our TBR shelves/piles for those sadly neglected books from the past.  Carole’s Random Life in Books is hosting this event.

Today’s neglected book was purchased in October 2018:  A Well-Behaved Woman, by Therese Anne Fowler.

I purchased this book because I have enjoyed this author’s work…and I loved the blurb:

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, written by Therese Anne Fowler, a New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, in A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman. Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules—and how to break them.

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I hope to read this one soon.  I love this weekly event that inspires me to dust off those almost-forgotten books.

What have you found this week?

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8 thoughts on “DUSTING OFF ANOTHER NEGLECTED BOOK…

  1. This does sound good! I haven’t read too many books set around this time period in America (I’m usually in England or Europe somewhere evidently. I will have to give this author a try. I hope you enjoy A Well Behaved Woman. Have a great weekend!

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