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American Duchess
American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt | Karen Harper
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Before there was Meghan Markle, there was Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American Duchess. 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 Citys 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 womens 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 womans quest to attain independenceat any price.
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the_next_chapter101
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Mehso-so

Her story was interesting but I felt like there was something missing. I still advise reading it if you love history novels. 4/5⭐

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a.bookish.byrd
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mdargusch
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Pickpick

I‘m fascinated by Blenheim Palace after visiting there twice, so this book about Consuelo Vanderbilt was a must read for me. Her mother traded Consuelo and her Vanderbilt fortune to the Duke of Marlborough for his title and prestige. Harper does and adequate job of following Consuelo‘s life and love story. I find this period of time compelling thanks to Downton Abbey.

MrsMalaprop Love the photo 🌸🌺. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I may have to borrow this. 4mo
Mdargusch Thanks @MrsMalaprop 😁 4mo
Mdargusch I will save it for you if you want it. I will put it in the LFL when you‘re done. @Reviewsbylola 4mo
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CoverToCoverGirl
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Really looking forward to this book. #HistoricalFiction is my favourite genre. I‘m settled in for the rest of the evening @Crazeedi and ready to start reading! #BlameItOnLitsy #LitsyLove

Crazeedi Yay!!! I got a couple more books by this author after I read this, (edited) 4mo
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CoverToCoverGirl
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Good morning @Crazeedi I was only anticipating the book (can‘t wait to start it) so the bookmark and a lovely note were a wonderful surprise! How cool is it that you‘ve been to my neck of the woods?! The bookmark is perfect - it‘s my new favourite ❣️ I hope to start the book in the next few days - it‘s our big Canada Day 🇨🇦 Celebrations this weekend which is like your July 4th celebrations, so I have a lot going on. #LitsyLove is awesome!

SquidgetsRoom Happy Canada Day @CoverToCoverGirl 📚💖😻 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl Happy Canada Day weekend to you too! 🎉🇨🇦 @SquidgetsRoom (edited) 5mo
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CoverToCoverGirl
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Look what I found in my mailbox @Crazeedi ❤️📚 I‘m certainly feeling some #LitsyLove on this fine Friday evening! I‘m so excited to have received the package you sent. Thank you so much! It‘s late here so I‘m going to wait until the morning to open it.. anticipation is a wonderful thing! #Bookmail is always so exciting!

Crazeedi Yay!!!😍 5mo
robinb 💕💕💕 5mo
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Crazeedi
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@CoverToCoverGirl your package is getting mailed today!
@Lynnsoprano I'm paying this book forward! 💞 I appreciate your generosity, thought I'd copy it!!

CoverToCoverGirl So sorry I somehow missed this post! Thank you soooo much! 😍😊 I so want to read that book! I‘ll be looking forward to receiving some #LitsyLove. I‘ll be checking my mailbox on my way home from work! 😘 (edited) 5mo
Crazeedi I hope it's there soon! 5mo
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Panpan

I thought Consuelo Vanderbilt was fascinating and would like to read more about her, but I did not like this book. I didn‘t think it was particularly well written, and I think the decision to cover 40+ years of such an interesting person‘s life in 350 pages was a mistake.

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litenthusiast
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Pickpick

I recently read a book about Alva Vanderbilt and learned about how she fought for a woman's right to vote. This book is about her daughter, Consuelo, and her marriage to the Duke of Marlborough. It is an interesting and fascinating read. The picture I posted is of Consuelo and Winston Churchill who was a good friend to her and cousin of her husband.

Crazeedi I read a book about alva and I read this one too. Both very good! 6mo
Crazeedi The clothes they wore though! I dont know how they did it. And what alva put Consuelo through, and what alva went through! Of course the millions were helpful 6mo
litenthusiast @Crazeedi All the clothes and layers they described I found interesting, but I could not imagine wearing those dresses especially in the heat. 6mo
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litenthusiast
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Friday Night #DateNight. We are sitting in one of our favorite indie bookstores and both reading. Also, I know very little about Consuelo Vanderbilt, so I'm very curious about the book.

Reviewsbylola This sounds like an amazing date! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Nice! 6mo
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Librarybelle
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April was a rough month at the library - so many great new things, but so many late hours! The last big piece - a new circulation system - debuts in less than two weeks. I‘ll be so happy when that is up and running!

So, as a little pick me up, I went on a mad book buying spree. My Barnes and Noble #bookhaul arrives today. #bookmail

Kaila-ann The Huntress was really good. Kind of a slow build (I thought) but worth it. 6mo
Librarybelle Good to know, @Kaila-ann ! Thank you! 6mo
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Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl It sounds so good! 6mo
ferskner You're so close! Good luck on the final transition. 6mo
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BiblioLitten
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YA? Y Not!

The protagonist of both my current reads (the tagged book and the one in the pic) is an 18 yo American teenager. One is a duchess and the other is a drummer. 🥁👑
Also, happy 4th wedding anniversary to me! 🎉

JennyM Happy anniversary! Great pic, too 😘 6mo
Tanisha_A Hi lovely! Happy anniversary! 🥂 6mo
JessClark78 Happy Anniversary! 🎊❤️🥂 6mo
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Kaye Happy Anniversary and aren‘t you cute ? 💕 6mo
sudi Happy Anniversary 💖 and that is a cute picture 😊 6mo
Reggie Happy Anniversary!!! 6mo
batsy Happy anniversary! 💐💜 Love this pic! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 Awww, Happy Anniversary! 😀🎉 6mo
Crazeedi Happy anniversary!!🎉🎉🎉 6mo
cobwebmoth Happy Anniversary! 6mo
readordierachel Happy anniversary! 🎉🎉🎉 And adorable pic! 6mo
BiblioLitten @readordierachel Thank you🤗💕 6mo
rohit-sawant Belated Happy Anniversary! 🎉🎂🎉 6mo
CouronneDhiver Beautiful picture and Happy Anniversary! 😘😘❤️ 6mo
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BookNAround
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Pickpick

Between a pick and a so-so, this is the fictionalized story of Consuelo Vanderbilt, who marries into the British aristocracy becoming the Duchess of Marlborough. It‘s a first person narrative but superficial even so but it does give a good overview into the life of the caring, philanthropic person she became despite her unhappy marriage. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-american-duchess-by-karen-harper...

Bookish_B I've had my eye on this one... I love the cover. 7mo
Crazeedi I just read this. Yes it could have been better written but I did enjoy reading about her, especially since I just read one about her mother Alva 7mo
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Crazeedi
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Pickpick

4⭐ this is the story of Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough. Her mother forced her into the marriage to the Duke, and from there we read about her life in English royalty. The book spans the time frame from the late 19th century to WW2. A fascinating story. I will check out the authors other books.

rubyslippersreads This is on my TBR. 7mo
Crazeedi @rubyslippersreads if you send me your address, I'd be happy to send it to you! crazeedi73@gmail.com 7mo
rubyslippersreads @Crazeedi Thank you so much for your kind offer. I actually have the ebook, and your great review has made me want to move it up my list. 😘 7mo
Crazeedi @rubyslippersreads that's fine! Glad you have it! 7mo
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Crazeedi
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Next up! I'll see how many more hours I can add to my #24B4Monday total!! I havent done so well, I was gone most of the day Friday, and I had a job to finish yesterday so....cut in to my reading time!
@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid That's alright girl, don't fret just keep going! You got this! 7mo
Andrew65 Still done a great job! 👏🙌 7mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 thanks! 7mo
HOTPock3tt That gorgeous cover!! 😎 7mo
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CoverToCoverGirl
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At Chapters... I want, I want, I WANT! Self restraint really is painfully, horribly awful! 😢 Denial can be be good I guess. Sigh 😔.... Bright spot on the horizon — Mother‘s Day is fast approaching.

#NewReleases
#HistoricalFiction is my favourite ❤️❤️

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! Just came out in stores. From the Gilded Age to WWII, you get the perspective of one women‘s suffrage leader and influencer. At 18, Conseulo was forced by her mother to be married off to the Duke of Marlborough in what was dubbed “The Wedding of the Century”. Despite an eventual crumbling marriage, she used her aristocratic position to influence reforms, persuading the likes of Churchill. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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BookNAround
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Nothing quite like historical fiction to make you grateful that, as a woman, you live now and have control over your own destiny. Here‘s hoping I like Consuelo better as the book goes on because right now I am just annoyed with her and with her cowardly, milksop of a father and find her mother to be a nasty schemer.

Crinoline_Laphroaig That always gets me when reading Historical Fiction, the horror of being at the mercy of men. 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Kristen 👋 Just want to let you know I‘ve received your card, so sweet of you. I‘ll be writing back! 🤗 9mo
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Crazeedi
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@Lynnsoprano I LOVE them! I can't wait to read! Thank you so very much for thinking of me, you made my day
#littenfriendship #litsylove #olderbutwiserfriends ❤️❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕💜💜💜💜💜

Lynnsoprano I hope you enjoy them as much as I did😘 9mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano we seem to have similar tastes, and they both are something I would pick up to read, so I'm thinking YES! 😉😍 9mo
robinb The Penrose is a wonderful series...♥️♥️♥️ Enjoy! 9mo
Crazeedi @robinb awesome, I can't wait to start! 9mo
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Lynnsoprano
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Pickpick

A fictionalized biography of one of the “dollar brides,” Consuelo Vanderbilt. A very interesting character who led a full life, this is well written, and the author‘s comments at the end really are a nice addition. It took longer to read than I expected, because I ended up googling so many names and historical events. I‘ll put a full review up on LibraryThing in a day or two, as this was an #earlyreviewer book.

Crazeedi Looks like an interesting one! 10mo
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Lynnsoprano
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1. Teleport. I could travel without long airplane flights 👏
2. I‘m almost finished with the tagged book.
3. No sense making resolutions I don‘t keep
4. Not really a binge watcher, but finally close to finishing The Crown and Anne With an E
5. Will do! #friyayintro

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Lynnsoprano
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Just as I was about to start a new book, this arrived in the mail! LibraryThing #earlyreviewer books always go to the top of the queue, so this is #nextup. One of the highlights of my 2018 reading life was getting involved with the early reviewer program at LibraryThing. So far, they‘ve all been winners.

TheBookKeepers Can‘t wait to hear what your review is! I love the cover and sounds interesting!! 11mo
Crazeedi I'm interested in your thoughts on this book 10mo
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