Friday, March 4, 2011
Historical Fiction Friday
When I stumbled across American Heiress I thought it sounded similar to the true story of Consuelo Vanderbilt. When I went on the author's website I saw that the Ms. Vanderbilt was the inspiration for the book.
Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.
Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora’s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.
This book will be released on June 21, 2011
For those who are interested in the real Consuelo Vanderbilt, check out the biography by Amanda Stuart entitled Consuela and Alva Vanderbilt: The story of a daughter and a mother in the Gilded Age. This one is on my shelf.