American Duchess

American Duchess

A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt

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"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 eighteen, the beautiful bride has arrived not only late but in tears, yet her marriage to the aloof 9th duke of Marlborough proceeds. Consuelo -- bullied into the wedding by her indomitable mother, Alva -- loves another, but a deal was made, trading Vanderbilt wealth for a title and prestige, and Consuelo was bred to obey. At Blenheim Palace, Consuelo is confronted with an overwhelming list of duties, including producing an "heir and a spare", but her marriage is a sham. Consuelo finds an inner strength, charming everyone from debutantes to diplomats, including Winston Churchill, as she fights for women's rights." -- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062884299
Branch Call Number: FIC HARPE K


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DCLadults Mar 01, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Eighteen-year-old Consuelo Vanderbilt is forced into marriage to the Duke of Marlborough by her mother. Money can't buy everything, but Consuelo certainly leads a fascinating life.

Oct 02, 2018

American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
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4.5 Stars out of 5 Nov 8, 2018 "Great read!"
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.

5.0 Stars out of 5 Sep 24, 2018 "Amazing!"
It was amazing! This is a novel that will stay with you forever. Every Time you read another book about the period, you'll remember this book. Loved the relationships in this novel, and the way Consuelo matures into someone we can admire still today.

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