Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: A Well-Behaved Woman

Can't Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!

A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
Pub. Date: October 16. 2018



Goodreads says,"The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family in as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.  In 1883, the New York Times prints a lengthy rave of Alva Vanderbilt's Fifth Ave. costume ball--a coup for the former Alva Smith, who not long before was destitute, her family's good name useless on its own. Marrying into the newly rich but socially scorned Vanderbilt clan, a union contrived by Alva's bestfriend and now-Duchess of Manchester, saved the Smiths--and elevated the Vanderbilts.  From outside, Alva seems to have it all and want more. She does have a knack for getting all she tries for: the costume ball--no mere amusement--wrests acceptance from doyenne Caroline Astor. Denied a box at the Academy of Music, Alva founds The Met. No obstacle puts her off for long.  But how much of ambition arises from insecurity? From despair? From refusal to play insipid games by absurd rules? --There are, however, consequences to breaking those rules. One must tread carefully.  And what of her maddening sister-in-law, Alice? Her husband William, who's hiding a terrible betrayal? The not-entirely-unwelcome attentions of his friend Oliver Belmont, who is everything William is not? What of her own best friend, whose troubles cast a wide net? Alva will build mansions, push boundaries, test friendships, and marry her daughter to England's most eligible duke or die trying. She means to do right by all, but good behavior will only get a woman so far. What is the price of going further? What might be the rewards? There's only one way to know for certain..." 

I absolutely love books based on real women from the past and I find the Gilded Age to be such a compelling time, so this one is definitely on my TBR list. What do you guys think?

6 comments:

  1. The Gilded Age is such a fascinating period. Hope this one turns out as good as it sounds!

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    1. I know, right?! It's one of my favorite time periods to read about. Thanks for visiting, Greg!

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  2. This looks really amazing! I love fiction that surrounds real historical figures, too!

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    1. Me too, Becky! I am glad you agree. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. Definitely adding this one to my TBR! I love the time period, and the Vanderbilts were at the top of the Gilded Age!

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    1. Yes! It should be interesting. I am glad you agree. Thanks for dropping by, Angela.

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