American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt

American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt

Karen Harper / May 25, 2019

American Duchess A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt 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 Mar

  • Title: American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
  • Author: Karen Harper
  • ISBN: 0062748335
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Ci 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 368 pages Expected publication February 26th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks More Details ISBN 0062748335 ISBN13 9780062748331 Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about American Duchess, please sign up

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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 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 flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 03, 2018 Shari Suarez rated it really liked it review of another edition The story is pretty timely with Meghan Markle becoming an American duchess which will draw interest from readers It will also draw interest because it s well written and the subject is fascinating flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Racine Zackula rated it liked it review of another edition I am an Anglophile and love historical fiction, so this book description is right up my alley Consuelo Vanderbilt was someone I had never read about and the dollar brides era is interesting as American heiresses went over to Europe to acquire the sheen of royalty It was an okay read but after a while, the author s style of telling and not showing wore on me Consuelo is in a loveless marriage, so show me how bad her husband was Beauty surrounded her, but it was not vividly painted with I am an Anglophile and love historical fiction, so this book description is right up my alley Consuelo Vanderbilt was someone I had never read about and the dollar brides era is interesting as American heiresses went over to Europe to acquire the sheen of royalty It was an okay read but after a while, the author s style of telling and not showing wore on me Consuelo is in a loveless marriage, so show me how bad her husband was Beauty surrounded her, but it was not vividly painted with words How long into the twenties did she wait to bob her hair When did she shed her corset Did she have close female friends Why not Did this make her feel lonely Is this why she latches onto philanthropy The other thing that was off is that Consuelo s good is shown off, but she is never in the wrong I will book talk this one to my older patrons who love the cozier stories flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Jani Brooks rated it really liked it review of another edition AMERICAN DUCHESS Karen HarperA Novel of Consuelo VanderbiltUnited States, England, France Early 20th CenturyConsuelo Vanderbilt tells us her story in this intriguing, and poignant tale of a mother wanting the prestige of being related to royalty, and a poverty stricken duke who only wants to save his heritage and produce an heir.At the age of eighteen, Consuelo Vanderbilt, heiress to William K Vanderbilt, American tycoon, was wed to the Duke of Marlborough, known to all as Sunny It was Con AMERICAN DUCHESS Karen HarperA Novel of Consuelo VanderbiltUnited States, England, France Early 20th CenturyConsuelo Vanderbilt tells us her story in this intriguing, and poignant tale of a mother wanting the prestige of being related to royalty, and a poverty stricken duke who only wants to save his heritage and produce an heir.At the age of eighteen, Consuelo Vanderbilt, heiress to William K Vanderbilt, American tycoon, was wed to the Duke of Marlborough, known to all as Sunny It was Consuelo s mother, Alva, who forced the union For Sunny, marrying an heiress was a way to save his beloved family home, Blenheim Palace Consuelo was helpless to stop the wedding, even though she loved another man Even from their earliest meeting, it was clear to Consuelo that Sunny was only marrying her for the money her parents promised to give him She was lost in the vast palace at Blenheim, and struggled to be the duchess Sunny required Thankfully, she had some of his relatives, including Winston Churchill, who became a life long friend, to assist her in her duties As far as Sunny was concerned, restoring Blenheim was important than almost anything, except providing a male heir Consuelo worked hard to fit in, and soon she made friends with the royals, traveled, and began to devote herself to charity work in the small village surrounding Blenheim She became known as the village angel for her down to earth and caring personality Sunny could have cared less They lived separate lives almost from the beginning, even after she produced an heir and a spare for him She was devoted to her sons, yet she yearned for a fulfilling emotional life AMERICAN DUCHESS is a beautifully written, well researched tale of a by gone day Consuelo was well known to Newport and New York society, and her elevation to duchess was hailed by those who put class above all But to Consuelo, it was a stepping stone to helping others, and to eventually finding true love and happiness I highly recommend this lovely book.Jani BrooksPS Because I live in Newport and am aware of the Vanderbilt name which appears throughout the city, I especially enjoyed reading about Consuelo flag Like see review Dec 03, 2018 The Library Lady rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves adult fiction, historical_fiction, good material poor execution, mediocre writing, edelweiss 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 i 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 flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Pat rated it liked it review of another edition Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres It leads to learning about the subject matter and characters after a fictional introduction This books offers some interesting information about the practice of arranging marriages between British royalty and American wealth, in this case Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough Blenheim Palace is often in the current news, and the descriptions of its interior were fascinating I found the characters, however, to be one dimensional a Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres It leads to learning about the subject matter and characters after a fictional introduction This books offers some interesting information about the practice of arranging marriages between British royalty and American wealth, in this case Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough Blenheim Palace is often in the current news, and the descriptions of its interior were fascinating I found the characters, however, to be one dimensional and uninteresting with the exception of Winston Churchill s witticisms Consuelo s infatuations, particularly with Jacques Balsan, read like a romance novel.My thanks to Library Thing and the publisher for this ARC flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Beth rated it it was amazing loved this book loved the gumption of the daughter to tell her mother she was not going to marry the English jerk Money was the motivator in the match and the parents wanted the title to go with it.This was true life history brought to story form and Karen Harper did a good job showing the truth and the rebellion of Consuelo toward her parents I hope the author keeps writing historical novels as she really has the knack for it Although Consuelo married the guy at eighteen she developed as a loved this book loved the gumption of the daughter to tell her mother she was not going to marry the English jerk Money was the motivator in the match and the parents wanted the title to go with it.This was true life history brought to story form and Karen Harper did a good job showing the truth and the rebellion of Consuelo toward her parents I hope the author keeps writing historical novels as she really has the knack for it Although Consuelo married the guy at eighteen she developed as a person we can all admire flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Mary rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a fair review I love historical fiction but haven t read a lot about Consuelo Vanderbilt so I was glad I won a copy I also enjoy Ms Harper s work What I really enjoyed about the book was the history that Ms Harper wove through Consuelo s story while still giving us a good idea of what her life may have been like For me I am taking this as an introduction and am eager to read but if you like well fleshed out characters and their li I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a fair review I love historical fiction but haven t read a lot about Consuelo Vanderbilt so I was glad I won a copy I also enjoy Ms Harper s work What I really enjoyed about the book was the history that Ms Harper wove through Consuelo s story while still giving us a good idea of what her life may have been like For me I am taking this as an introduction and am eager to read but if you like well fleshed out characters and their lives this may not be for you flag Like see review Dec 04, 2018 Kathi Rauscher rated it really liked it review of another edition An arranged marriage between British nobility and American Royalty This book was a great way to be exposed to the Vanderbilt s of the late 1800 s The first person narration was fluid and took us through Consuelo Vanderbilt s life very quickly Although there were times when I didn t know how many years had passed it was an enjoyable read flag Like see review Jan 15, 2019 Robin rated it liked it I won this book in a giveaway, and was so looking forward to it, as I love historical fiction and all things royal The story of Consuelo Vanderbilt, told through her own voice She was an observer of a wealth of history friend of Queens, Kings, Winston Churchill, artists, authors Interesting, but somewhat slow reading flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Jennifer Wrage rated it it was amazing review of another edition Note I won this book on.I really didn t know anything about the Vanderbilt family, so this was an eye opener It was beautifully written and gave great insight to what Consuelo s life was like It held my interest from the start and pulled me in I haven t given a 5 star rating in a long time, but this one earned it flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Bonnie rated it it was amazing I won this book from and thoroughly enjoyed it I love historical fiction, and this story centered around an arranged marriage between both American and British and royalty and nobility.The period itself and character growth of Consuelo Vanderbilt going from unhappiness to a second happy marriage was what made the book interesting flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Monika Iszard rated it really liked it This is a wins book I really enjoyed this book A story about a young girl, in love with someone else who is forced by a mom who wants it all, to marry someone else Seems her only job is to produce an heir and spare Considering that her husband and her have to maintain their relationship for the good of the kingdom, she does whatever it takes to get through it Eventually becoming a true duchess through parties, friendships, and at times it seems deceit, this is a story of a woman This is a wins book I really enjoyed this book A story about a young girl, in love with someone else who is forced by a mom who wants it all, to marry someone else Seems her only job is to produce an heir and spare Considering that her husband and her have to maintain their relationship for the good of the kingdom, she does whatever it takes to get through it Eventually becoming a true duchess through parties, friendships, and at times it seems deceit, this is a story of a woman just like a kidnap victim you do what you need to do to survive and when you get the chance you make the break A story of wits, cunning and survival flag Like see review Jan 15, 2019 Nari rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2019, historical fiction, high society So boring Not sure why I kept reading it The last 3rd of the book post divorce was the most interesting, especially the time during WWII Otherwise, it was all tell, no show I feel like it would have read better written as journey entries It was just much talking, I never fully felt transported to Consuelo Vanderbilt s world flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Narci Drossos rated it really liked it review of another edition I ve always been fascinated by Edith Wharton and Henry James novels This one though not so psychological was illuminating in so many ways I enjoyed looking up the various castles and mansions in the US and Europe described here flag Like see review Oct 21, 2018 Catherine rated it really liked it review of another edition A fictionalized account of the life of American heiress Conseulo Vanderbilt who married the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1895 The novel follows her from her forced and unhappy marriage, through both WWI and WWII in Europe, to her finding love with her second husband flag Like see review Sep 24, 2018 nikkia neil rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, historical fiction, biography Thanks to Edelweiss for this ARC.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 flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Kathryn rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction Review to follow flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Rachel Parrott rated it liked it Shelves first reads Harper offers a quick look into the aristocracy during the first half of the 20th century in American Duchess My copy was a gift through First Reads flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Nancy rated it liked it Shelves , historical fiction I won this in a giveaway.Well written historical fiction I was very entertained flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Lynette Murphy rated it it was amazing This is a great read I love historical fiction and this is one of the best I ve read in awhile What a life Consulelo lived flag Like see review Dave Sloan rated it it was amazing Jan 02, 2019 Hannah Dunn rated it it was ok Jan 26, 2019 Jeanne rated it liked it Dec 15, 2018 Cheryl Karkoff rated it it was ok Feb 02, 2019 Maryann Felice rated it really liked it Nov 15, 2018 Julia rated it liked 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        A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor The Ohio State University and high school literature and writing teacher A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scott A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor The Ohio State University and high school literature and writing teacher A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women Karen s books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005 Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county Her most recent books include THE SOUTH SHORES TRILOGY CHASING SHADOWS, DROWNING TIDES and FALLING DARKNESS Her latest historical is THE ROYAL NANNY Please visit her website at KarenHarperAuthor and her fb page at facebook KarenHarperAuthor


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    1. 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.


    2. 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 [...]


    3. The story is pretty timely with Meghan Markle becoming an American duchess which will draw interest from readers It will also draw interest because it s well written and the subject is fascinating.


    4. I am an Anglophile and love historical fiction, so this book description is right up my alley Consuelo Vanderbilt was someone I had never read about and the dollar brides era is interesting as American heiresses went over to Europe to acquire the sheen of royalty It was an okay read but after a while, the author s style of telling and not showing wore on me Consuelo is in a loveless marriage, so show me how bad her husband was Beauty surrounded her, but it was not vividly painted with I am an An [...]


    5. AMERICAN DUCHESS Karen HarperA Novel of Consuelo VanderbiltUnited States, England, France Early 20th CenturyConsuelo Vanderbilt tells us her story in this intriguing, and poignant tale of a mother wanting the prestige of being related to royalty, and a poverty stricken duke who only wants to save his heritage and produce an heir.At the age of eighteen, Consuelo Vanderbilt, heiress to William K Vanderbilt, American tycoon, was wed to the Duke of Marlborough, known to all as Sunny It was Con AMERI [...]


    6. 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 i This author [...]


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