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Ng 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 netAlva 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. The blurb describes Alva Vanderbilt as outspoken brave brilliant fierce what a shame then that the book portrays her as conventional proper limited by her attention to social s and desperate to fit in in fact she s written as a generic rich woman who just wants to be ueen bee of Gilded Age Manhattan After her family lose their Southern cotton plantation wealth er money made on the back of slavery though Fowler is at some pains to show Alva treating her black maid as an eual modern liberal consciousness on show Alva determines to marry into the super rich Vanderbilt family and pulls off her social coup despite feeling nothing for her amiable nonentity of a husband Par for the course at the time of course but hardly brave or brilliant behaviour Once married she produces the reuired heirs plots the social supremacy of the Vanderbilts via ostentatious houses extravagant jewellery a peacock brooch that costs the obscene euivalent of 10 years salary for a working man and which can only be worn once and costumed balls shunned by the Astors at the opera No problem just build your own new musical venue It s hard to buy into Alva s materialistic values and even her concerns for female suffrage and charitable works feel superficially treated painted over the top of a wooden cut out named AlvaIt s disconcerting that radical models of femalehood for the time are passed over in the margins Alva s sister Armide decides not to marry and to dedicate herself to social work and her childhood friend Consuelo makes the reuired wealthy marriage then uses it to break out of the proper mould of American upper class women she smokes she uses words like whore she talks of enjoying sex and taking lovers and Alva is so deeply conventional that she is offended by her friend s boldness and doesn t talk to her for some timeIt s not just the characterisation which feels shallow the mode of story telling is superficial big things happen Alva has children the man she s in love with elopes with another woman and they just drift by with no emotional impact This is a mono tonal book no peaks or troughs just an even measured progress where nothing really touches either Alva or us There s an obvious comparison to be made with Edith Wharton s novels but where Wharton interrogates and exposes all the values of Old New York society Alva and her author participate in and perpetuate them where a Lily Bart struggles with whether and how how to sell herself in social marriage Alva glories in her material wealth where Wharton creates nuance and complexity and tragedy Fowler settles for glamorous dresses and interior decoration porn And it s the latter which makes this readable and where Fowler s research is most evident things all manner of things are lavishly described We may not have much sense of Alva s inner life but we know all about the insides of her housesARC from Vine Витез заточнк of his friend Oliver Belmont who is everything William is not What Semper Idem own best friend whose troubles cast a wide netAlva will build mansions push boundaries test friendships and marry her daughter to England's most eligible duke Holiday Roommates or die trying She means to do right by all but good behavior will Second Chances only get a woman so far What is the price Mali pirat only Puck You one way to know for certain. 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A Well Behaved Woman

Does have a knack for getting all she tries for the costume ball no mere amusement wrests acceptance from doyenne Caroline Astor Denied abox at the Academy of Music Alva founds The Met No obstacle puts her off for longBut how much of ambition arises from insecurity From despair From refusal to play insipid games by absurd rules There are however conseuences to breaking those rules One must tread carefullyAnd what of her maddening sister in law Alice Her husband William who's hidi. 45 well done historical starsThey say you can never have enough money They say that money can t buy happiness They say that money is the route of all evil Alva Vanderbilt to the world had everything She was married to one of the richest men in the world and could do whatever she wanted She married William Vanderbilt not because she loved him but because her family was becoming destitute and Alva believed that in marrying William she would achieve two things getting her family out of debt and eventually falling in love with William The former happened but the latter never did Yet she understood a truth she could never say aloud this ideal life was still deficient She was not wholly content Perhaps she should be but contentment she had learned lay beyond money s considerable reach Growing up and having my family on Long Island New York I had many opportunities to visit one of the summer homes of the Vanderbilt s called Eagle s Nest It was a beautiful home located on the water on sprawling acres My girls went to classes there on geology and marine science and today it is a museum owned by the county The house remains as well as the planetarium and a museum dedicated to the findings and explorations of William and his sons As we often did the tour we learned about Alva whose portrait hung prominently in one of the main stairwells and the picture the tour guides painted of Alva was often none to complimentary We were told she was a bit of a tyrant making her daughter Consuelo s life miserable sticking a rod and a back brace on her to correct her posture and doing all within her power to see she married European royalty However in this book Ms Fowler constructs a humane portrait of Alva We see her as a young girl being primed to marry wealthy to push her family up the ladder of social rungs to be something she thought she might like to be though never really wanted to be This is a story of excess of money beyond belief and of the unhappiness many of the gilded age experienced not only in their lives but also in their need to be people recognized by other people to be in a social strata that they clad for Ms Fowler did a wonderful job bringing Alva to life and showing us what a strong courageous woman she really was She became for many a beacon of strength and a woman who fought not only for woman s suffrage but also for eual rights I recommended this book to those who love reading about people of wealth to those who enjoy a well done historical fiction book and to those who will in their search for money find that it does not guarantee happiness Thank you to Theresa Anne Fowler St Martin s Press and NetGalley for a copy of this intriguing book Screenwalks of Music Alva founds The Met No Battle Ground obstacle puts her Rightfully the Alpha Female off for longBut how much Twin Obsessions of ambition arises from insecurity From despair From refusal to play insipid games by absurd rules There are however conseuences to breaking those rules One must tread carefullyAnd what Soulbinder (Spellslinger, of the richest men in the world and could do whatever she wanted She married William Vanderbilt not because she loved him but because her family was becoming destitute and Alva believed that in marrying William she would achieve two things getting her family Venus in the Cloister: or, the Nun in her Smock out Витез заточнк of debt and eventually falling in love with William The former happened but the latter never did Yet she understood a truth she could never say aloud this ideal life was still deficient She was not wholly content Perhaps she should be but contentment she had learned lay beyond money s considerable reach Growing up and having my family Semper Idem opportunities to visit Holiday Roommates one Second Chances of the summer homes Mali pirat on the water Puck You on sprawling acres My girls went to classes there Fret Work Step By Step on geology and marine science and today it is a museum The Thirteenth Psalm owned by the county The house remains as well as the planetarium and a museum dedicated to the findings and explorations Zelenbabini darovi of William and his sons As we Ruthless often did the tour we learned about Alva whose portrait hung prominently in Skandal na simpoziju one Dear Girls Intimate Tales Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life of the main stairwells and the picture the tour guides painted Hired To Love of Alva was Poslednja stanica Britanija often none to complimentary We were told she was a bit Return of the Thief of a tyrant making her daughter Consuelo s life miserable sticking a rod and a back brace The Hostage (Travelman Adventure) on her to correct her posture and doing all within her power to see she married European royalty However in this book Ms Fowler constructs a humane portrait Uzice sa vranama of Alva We see her as a young girl being primed to marry wealthy to push her family up the ladder The Secret Teachings of Chinese Energetic Medicine Volume 2 Energetic Alchemy Dao Yin Therapy Healing i Deviations and Spirit Pathology 2014 Revised Edition of social rungs to be something she thought she might like to be though never really wanted to be This is a story Bog se nikad ne smeje of money beyond belief and The Management Challenge: An Introduction to Management/Book and Disk of the unhappiness many Mermen The Mermen Trilogy only in their lives but also in their need to be people recognized by Kosingas Onaj što nauči mrak da sija other people to be in a social strata that they clad for Ms Fowler did a wonderful job bringing Alva to life and showing us what a strong courageous woman she really was She became for many a beacon Stara srpska religija i mitologija of strength and a woman who fought not Košulja sretnog čovjeka only for woman s suffrage but also for eual rights I recommended this book to those who love reading about people Fit for Battle The Character Weapons and Strategies of the Spiritual Warriors of wealth to those who enjoy a well done historical fiction book and to those who will in their search for money find that it does not guarantee happiness Thank you to Theresa Anne Fowler St Martin s Press and NetGalley for a copy How Markets Fail The Economics of Rational Irrationality of this intriguing book

Summary Ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Therese Anne Fowler

A novel of a family as they rule Gilded Age New YorkIn 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 VanderbiltsFrom outside Alva seems to have it all and want She. THE GILDED AGE a time of unprecented economic growth the robber barons and their new money Huge mansions larger than life balls and over the top furnishings I have read biographies of Rockefeller The Vsnderbilts watched documentaries where their wives were often side notes If I thought about them at all I dismissed them as priviledged money grubbers and ornemental Now after reading this book which tells Alva s story I admit to that maybe not being the case for allYes she marries money she had the old lineage name William Vanderbilt the money No it was far from a love match was advantageous to both parties Yes she built houses that were very large set to outdo the Astor s and others of that set Her balls the descriptions an unbelievable display of wealth Her three children afforded every advantage and yet true happiness eluded her One does get a sense of what this woman was and she was much than I had thoughtShe helped to design her houses architecturally she gave and worked on committees to help those less fortunate and not just by donating money she actually visited the houses and hospitals She refused to take her husband s infedility lying down refused to look the other way as many in her set did She did something many would not have done but made sure she was taken care of monetarily through it all She was a gutsy strong women and towards the end of her life she worked tirelessly for suffrage and eual rights I think I would have enjoyed meeting herWell written descriptive an insight into the family and life of the extremely wealthy this was a joy to readARC from St Martin s Press


10 thoughts on “A Well Behaved Woman

  1. says:

    Yes I'm rating my own novel five stars Would anyone expect an author to do otherwise? If you enjoy Jane Austen or Edith Wharton novels if rea

  2. says:

    THE GILDED AGE a time of unprecented economic growth the robber barons and their new money Huge mansions larger than life balls and over the top furnishings I have read biographies of Rockefeller The Vsnderbilts watched documentari

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    4 gilded stars to a Well Behaved Woman ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ A childhood visit to The Bilt Estate will certa

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    Well behaved women seldom make history Laurel Thatcher UlrichA detailed fast paced and well written historical fiction nove

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    35 stars rounded upI’ve often thanked my lucky stars I was born when I was The idea of one’s sole goal in life being to manage a

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    45 well done historical starsThey say you can never have enough money They say that money can't buy happiness The

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    This is my 4th book by Therese Anne Fowlerin a fairly short period of time Fowler’s becoming a favorite author In each of her books I’m pulled into the world she createsIn this story we have sprawling homes fascinating complex society intrigue ladies of privilege men with ridiculously amounts of power money sweeping grand balls ball gowns pearls hats feathers silks stockings petticoats housekeepers servants horses luxury beyo

  8. says:

    The blurb describes Alva Vanderbilt as 'outspoken brave brilliant fierce' what a shame then that the book portrays her as conventional proper limited by her attention to social s and desperate to fit in in fact sh

  9. says:

    Terrible I must dump this This was a huge disappointment I have read six chapters I rarely dump any book and I only do it when I am sure the book is not for me Both this book and the last book I have just read Edith Wharton's False Dawn are set in the Gilded Age Side by side the comparison between the two was shocking I have not co

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    An intelligent woman in this world takes her chances where she finds themAnd boy did Alva Vanderbilt live up to that statement This was an enjoyable piece of historical fiction a glimpse into the Gilded Age and one of its most famous families written from the perspective of one that left an indelible mark on New

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