Fictio Literatur Historical Fictio HTML:The USA Today Bestseller! Named one of 2021â??s Most Anticipated Historical Novels by Oprah Daily â?? SheReads â?? Frolic â?? BookReporter â?? and more... The author of Park Avenue Summer throws back the curtain on one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Alva Vanderbilt and the Mrs. Astor's notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age. 1876. In the glittering world of Manhattan's upper crust, women are valued by their pedigree, dowry, and, most importantly, connections. They have few rights and even less independenceâ??what they do have is society. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than Caroline Astorâ??the Mrs. Astor. But times are changing. Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America's richest families. But what good is dizzying wealth when society refuses to acknowledge you? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything. Sweeping three decades and based on true events, this is the mesmerizing story of two fascinating, complicated women going head to head, behaving badly, and discovering w
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I've done a lot of reading about both families, and I think I can safely say that this book is accurate except for a few things.
I loved the gossipy backbiting, spite, greed, and everything else that this book gave me. A beach read? Most assuredly!
I have also read and reviewed Park Avenue Summer. I highly recommend this book to add to your summer reading list...especially if you grew up with the magazine Cosmopolitan.
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We find out, and we find out it isn't always the best place to be.
Those in the upper social circles must follow all the social rules and proper etiquette.
You can't marry who you love if they aren't in the social status deemed appropriate.
We meet Caroline Astor and Alva Vanderbilt - one woman who has control of society, and the other trying to get invited into society.
Both women went to great lengths to be on top and in the right circles. They also suffer personal tragedies along the way.
All the properness wasn't for me and the societal competition was intense as they tried to outdo each other with lavish homes and parties.
I couldnâ€™t imagine following all those social protocols or those arranged marriages.
I actually chuckled at some of the â€śrulesâ€ť they had to follow.
I did love the talk of fashions and gowns. I looked up Worth gowns...gorgeous.
I also looked up the Petite Chateau that was built by Alva Vanderbilt on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to outdo Caroline Astor...wow!!
Ms. Rosen once again brought the characters and how things were during this time to life.
Ms. Rosenâ€™s as-always wonderful writing style and marvelous research will keep your interest as you read of the antics of these women and these times.
If you enjoy the Guilded age and seeing how the mega wealthy lived, you will enjoy SOCIAL GRACES. 4/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Absolutely fascinating, this book was hard to put down. I enjoyed reading both Caroline and Alva's points of view and loved how their worlds and desires overlapped. Towards the end the book skipped a lot of time, which was slightly disorienting, but worked to move the story forward. Overall, 5 out of 5 stars.
This one is perfect if you're a fan of regency romance or Bridgerton, for example!