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A Well-Behaved Woman
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts | Therese Anne Fowler
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. Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of Americas great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New Yorks old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built 9 mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement. With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman. Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rulesand how to break them.
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BookNAround
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I love this idea! This is my #weeklyforecast (with room for add-ins!). I am reading A Well-Behaved Woman, next up is Time After Time, and I‘d also like to finish Breaking the Ocean as my first Non-fiction November book.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Ahhhh!!! Totally forgot it‘s almost #NonFictionNovember I need to check out your NF title. Thanks for sharing ♥️ 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhh @lindy just posted about that book/ sounds really good 2w
Sace Those pumpkins 🧡🧡🧡 2w
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PurpleyPumpkin Wow, I LOVE your glass pumpkin collection! Beautiful😍 2w
BookNAround @PurpleyPumpkin I couldn‘t get my whole patch in the picture because I add to them every year. I do love them! 2w
PurpleyPumpkin Amazing! Do you have a spot for them all year round? Or do you pack them up before Christmas? 2w
BookNAround @PurpleyPumpkin I pack them up and only have them out as fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving. I have a load of Christmas decorations that need space too. 😜 2w
PurpleyPumpkin Ahh, makes sense! Actually, that‘s part of the reason I asked. I have a Santa collection that I try to add to every year. I dutifully unpack it after Halloween, and then I pack it up sometime in January!👍🏽 2w
Centique Aw I love the pumpkins too! 2w
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BookNAround
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I am on a panel with Therese Anne Fowler in two weeks in Winston-Salem so I‘m catching up on her work. (Anyone in the area should come. It‘s Bookmarks‘ book club event and you can get tickets through them.)

janeycanuck Ooh, I read that a couple of weeks ago. So neat you get to speak with the author! 3w
Cinfhen Just reviewed her new book 3w
BookNAround @janeycanuck I love getting to meet authors. I need to go back and see how I reviewed her first one before I admit to my blog to her. LOL! 3w
BookNAround @Cinfhen I have that one to read too but since it‘s not out in time for the panel, I think we will only just tease the audience about it so it‘s lesser priority for me to finish ahead of time. It might actually be amongst the ARCs given to attendees by Macmillan that night but I‘m not entirely sure. 3w
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janeycanuck
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I love a good fictionalized story of a real person - and this one was great! I just wish it had spent a little more time on her suffragette time.

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janeycanuck
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Same, girl.

Amandajoy This speaks to me. I‘m not sure how forty got to be so close. 2mo
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NatalieR
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I fell in love with this book and Alva Vanderbilt. 💛 I had no idea she was so instrumental in the women‘s suffrage movement. Her life is an incredible story and I am grateful for her efforts. I can‘t imagine living in that time period. The style and language of the story was very eloquent and era appropriate. 5🌟

ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 3mo
NatalieR @ladym30 Thanks! She is quite the cutie. 😊🐾💜 3mo
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Scochrane26
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“She had more wit and intelligence and capability than almost any man she‘d ever met, and while she could not say that every woman she‘d known would do a better job running things than the men who adjudicated their lives, they certainly wouldn‘t do worse.”
I‘m glad the author chose to focus on Alva, who married into the Vanderbilts. Her husband seems uninteresting and selfish. I would like to read more about George (owner of Biltmore). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scochrane26

“Talking politics with ___ was terribly romantic; what could be more endearing and stimulating than to have her intelligence and viewpoints taken seriously by an attractive, interesting man?”
I realized today that 4 recent books I‘ve read have been set in the Victorian era (& I have 3 more). One started at civil war but others are in 1870‘s-1890‘s in either America or England. All the women characters want to be recognized for their intelligence.

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Scochrane26
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Had this book on hold for about a month. I‘ve been to the Biltmore estate a couple of times, so I wanted to learn more about the Vanderbilts. This is about the brother and sister-in-law (William and Alva) of George (who built the Biltmore).

Megabooks I‘ve been to Biltmore several times. I checked this book out of the library when it first came out but returned it unread. (I do this a lot.) I need to check it out again. 3mo
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Started this on my walk this morning. #litsywalkers #bfc #4miles #audiobook

Scochrane26 Have this on hold on Libby. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve had this on my TBR forever and even had it checked out from the library at one point but never got to it. 🙈 4mo
Crazeedi I liked this book 4mo
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Howseldomtheydo @Crazeedi Good to hear! 4mo
Howseldomtheydo @Reviewsbylola Story of my life! 4mo
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DivineDiana
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This is a photo of Alva Vanderbilt. After her mother died,Alva was desperate to find a husband whose fortune would support her, and her sisters and father. She was educated and socially connected, but impoverished. Marriage to William Vanderbilt was not about love, but survival. Fascinating history of a bygone era. Alva went on to design homes that would change New York, and become active in the Suffragette movement.

LeahBergen She‘s gorgeous ❤️❤️ 4mo
Freespirit I agree she's beautiful🤗 4mo
DivineDiana @LeahBergen @freespirit She is quite lovely in this photograph. I was even more impressed with her intelligence, charm and excellent manners! 4mo
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ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana this is actually a photo of Alva‘s daughter Consuelo. 4mo
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks Will look into that! Going to try and locate the source. I have seen photos of Consuelo, but did not make the connection! 4mo
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks Thank you! Changed the photo! 4mo
ValerieAndBooks Sure, no problem 🤗! 4mo
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DivineDiana
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In reviewing my reads of 2019, these are my #top6reads so far. It was interesting to see that I had rated many 4 star novels, but only 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Also, that most of my 5 star ratings were for books of poetry! And I can thank @monalyisha for that trend! Thank you for the tag @readordierachel

Not sure who has been tagged, so please show me your choices!

readordierachel Great list! Mary Oliver 💙 4mo
DivineDiana @readordierachel ❤️ This short volume is very touching. (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing, Diana!! Interesting how our reading tastes evolve 😛 4mo
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DivineDiana
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Trying to get back to my #audiowalks!

readordierachel Pretty! 4mo
DivineDiana @readordierachel Thank you! 💛 4mo
Tanisha_A Pretty flowers! 😍 4mo
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mc916
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My first challenge! I‘m excited! My six weeks goals as follows:
Books: 4
Fitness: CrossFit 4X/wk and lunchtime mini-wods 2X/wk
Team names...hmmm...no clue. Are we all newbies? @crazyspine @wanderinglynn @WriterAtHeart @laurar311 @BookBridget @jmtrivera @Honeybeegirl @BookishBelle
Picture: My Luna girl 😍

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 5mo
crazyspine You got this! I've never done crossfit; have you been doing it for a while? We could be #teamnewbie 5mo
mc916 @crazyspine yes, 6 years! It‘s the only thing i know how to do. I can assure you that i am NOT one of those athletes you see on TV! I love the combo of lifting and cardio, the class environment, and being able to drop as many Fbombs as i can, lol! I like#teamnewbie! 5mo
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Aims42
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After a fun, non-stop weekend last week, I‘m going to sit & enjoy this relaxed one 👍🏻

Reviewsbylola I love your mug! I still need to read the book. I loved her book 5mo
rather_be_reading love that cup! 😍 5mo
Aims42 @Reviewsbylola thank you! A totally splurge purchase at Home Goods, I love it too 😍 I have ‘Z‘ on my TBR shelf, I‘m glad to hear you loved it!! 5mo
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Aims42 @rather_be_reading Thanks!! I saw someone on here who has the coffee thermos version too! So cute!! 5mo
TorieStorieS My book club read that one a few months ago! It led to some interesting discussion!! 5mo
Aims42 @TorieStorieS I bet it did, I‘m halfway through it now 5mo
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mc916
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Does this get better? I‘m about a quarter of the way in and it‘s a snooze! Not at all what i had hoped once i read her bio (online).

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DivineDiana
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Today‘s #audiowalk and a sign in a neighbor‘s yard. #bfc#bookfitnesschallenge

Caterina That's a great sign! Thanks for sharing! 5mo
BookwormAHN Great sign 💖 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And 👍🏻👍🏻 on the sign. ❤️ 5mo
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Hooked_on_books Good sign 5mo
rmaclean4 I need that sign!! 5mo
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mc916
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Excited to start this one!

Crazeedi I enjoyed this book! Interested in your thoughts! 5mo
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DivineDiana
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Regrettably, I haven‘t kept up with my #bfc posts. This was is today‘s #audiowalk. #bookfitnesschallenge

BarbaraJean I‘ve had a hard time keeping up with posting for the challenge as well! But you‘re still getting the fitness part—good job! 😊 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft But you're here today! You do what works for you. 😄 5mo
DivineDiana @4thhouseontheleft Thank you! 🙂 5mo
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bookseller_cate
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I didn‘t know Fowler had a new one coming out. The publicist was delighted by my squeal of joy.

#bookexpo19 #bookexpo #BEA

SilverShanica Looks like a departure from the theme of her first two. Is this one historical as well? 6mo
bookseller_cate @SilverShanica It‘s a departure. Contemporary fiction. Being comped to Jodi Picoult and Celest Ng. 😊 6mo
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KellyHunsakerReads
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This #audiobook on #Overdrive is a glimpse into the lives of the super rich about 100 years ago.

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cbowlin1921
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This book was interesting and well written but it seemed to drag for me. It had parts that were very interesting and fast paced and then it would go through periods of slowness and not a lot of variety.

An interesting read to learn more about the early feminism movement in New York and a look inside the Vanderbilt name as well. It‘s a good book, just slow at times!

tpixie Welcome 🥳📚🥳 6mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 6mo
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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

This is the April selection for my book club... and though I voted for this one, I ended up not really enjoying this #Audiobook as much as I had hoped! It‘s well-researched and certainly detailed but I never felt the characters really come to life or feel genuinely connected to them. Alva led a fascinating life, but I wish the focus here had been less on romance and high society... #AudioColoring

k.reads.5 Thanks for the honest review on this one! And great coloring. :) 7mo
TorieStorieS Thanks, @pl.2886 😊😊😊😊 7mo
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The Marble House and Belcourt mansions were always my favorite mansions in Newport. I was amazed to learn that Alva Vanderbilt Belmont lived in both mansions when I first toured them. This is the fictionalized story of Alva and her determination for a good life for herself and her family. There was a bit of a lull in the middle of the book, but I really enjoyed when the construction of Marble House began. #netgalley #arc

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Joyfulmimi
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Hey Book Lovers and Littens: I have been missing you over my sickness the past two weeks. Came out to the library and the Book Angels gifted me with finding the perfect book for my self. Even recommended by my Book Concierge @Liberty @bookriot

Lindy Glad you‘re feeling better. 🌻 7mo
rubyslippersreads This looks interesting. Glad you‘re back and feeling well. 😊 7mo
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megnews I loved her novel, Z, and this sounds right up my alley. Stacked. 7mo
Joyfulmimi Thanks! I will check on Z @megnews 7mo
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Crazeedi
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4 ⭐ this was a really good story, about the life of Alva Vanderbilt, wife of WK Vanderbilt. How she used her connection to the elite class to marry in to the Vanderbilt family, though her family was impoverished from the civil war. She evolved into a force for womens rights at the turn of the 20th century. Well worth reading

litenthusiast I really liked this book. I felt I learned so much about a person I knew nothing about. Glad you liked the book. 7mo
mvegabec Thanks for the review!! I think I would like it! New one on my TBR!😁👍 7mo
Crazeedi @mvegabec I think you will like! Now I have to read her book Z 7mo
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mvegabec @Crazeedi yes!! Please do so... once on the books I've enjoyed the most lately 7mo
Crazeedi @mvegabec 👍❤ 7mo
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Crazeedi
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Next up to read before loan expires!

mvegabec Hi Diane!! Let me know what you thank about it! 7mo
Crazeedi @mvegabec I will! I try to post review, I'll make a note to tag you 7mo
mvegabec Great!!! @Crazeedi . I read Z and loved it. I don't know if you've read it from the same Author and also a historical fiction story. I really liked her style 7mo
Crazeedi @mvegabec I have not read, but I did see that was a book by her, if I like this one I will have to read it!! Thanks for heads up 7mo
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LWagoner
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3.5 ⭐️. I always enjoy reading books that center around the Vanderbilt Family and the era during which they lived. This book did well the the historical perspective of Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont. This a portrait of a strong woman. #libbyapp

Crazeedi I just had this arrive on my kindle from overdrive! 8mo
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Stefaniemm
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I should be studying for midterms. However, I feel like reading my library books I checked out. 🤷🏻‍♀️😅

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sylviemanaster
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New York's Gilded Age.....what a fascinating world....

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bookseller_cate
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Another wonderful novel by Fowler of a progressive woman who is too often portrayed as one-dimensional because she stepped outside of her expected place.

See also — Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

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cathygee
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I visit the Biltmore every spring with my bestie so I have been looking forward to this read! It did not disappoint! I truly enjoyed the story in itself and I always enjoy a novel based on an amazing woman for her time. Also, Fowler accomplished another novel that captured the spirit and determination of a public figure that tends to be sensationalized.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're loving Litsy so far 📖💙 9mo
Eggbeater Great review! Welcome to Litsy! 🐙 9mo
C.Perone Welcome📚 9mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 9mo
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barbwire
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Had the pleasure of attending a reading by Ms. Fowler recently, and followed that with the pleasure of reading this engaging historical fiction / hypothetical biography. And heard back promptly from the author when I wrote to point out two small inconsistencies.

Lcsmcat And what did she say? 9mo
barbwire She was very gracious, noted that one of my observations had already been caught by another reader, and said the other would be corrected in the paperback and subsequent hardback editions. I‘ll forward you our correspondence after you read the book. 9mo
Lcsmcat @barbwire 👍🏻 9mo
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Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 💙📖📚 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 9mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 9mo
AnneFindsJoy Welcome to Litsy! 📚💙✨🦋 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 9mo
Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 📖 9mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌼 9mo
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bookseller_cate
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It‘s 1am...just one more chapter. ❤️📚❤️

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bookseller_cate
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Mommy? Will you read me a bedtime story? Puurease?
#catsoflitsy

Enjoying this book very much so far, but really feel for Alva and where society‘s norms and gender roles have let her down. Looking forward to the rest.

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Finally I get to read something because I choose to, rather than “required reading”.

I‘ve been looking forward to Therese Anne Fowler‘s new book for ages. I loved Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. (But then, considering my cat‘s name, I may have been prejudiced in its favour.)

My baby was kind enough to pose with my new hardcover of Z that a friend found for me at Goodwill. #catsoflitsy #favouriteauthor

glitterkitty459 😻😻😻 10mo
Crazeedi Your kitty is just darling!! 10mo
bookseller_cate @Crazeedi Thank you! She‘s my darling! 😻 10mo
Crazeedi @duthie_yyc yes I get it! I love that some many of us are cat lovers!😊 #catsoflitsy #litsyfurbabies 10mo
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Verity
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Current NetGalley reading material...

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ferskner
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Bah, I meant to get all my book challenges updated last night, but instead I had a friend over to ring in the new year. Fingers crossed that I actually finished a challenge!

I thought this had a weak start, but eventually I was completely drawn in to Alma Vanderbilt's fascinating life. I stayed up way too late researching Gilded Age mansions.

#booked2018 #newin2018 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen You still made it🤫 10mo
ferskner @Cinfhen 😍😍😍 I was four prompts short of finishing the whole challenge, but I still loved it! My favorite challenge of the year. 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks for playing along!!! And so glad u enjoyed!!! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m excited that you loved our challenge! It‘s been so much fun to have our group reading together all year! 10mo
ferskner @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm so excited for this year's challenge! 10mo
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litenthusiast
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I have always been fascinated by 19th century NY and interested in how "old money" socialites treated people they considered "new money." This book looks at one woman, Alva Vanderbilt, and her rise on the social scene as well as standing up for herself. I loved reading about Alva's story as well as some of the positive things she did to assist women's rights.

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litenthusiast
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Finished my first book in the #24B42019 challenge. Ready to knock out a few more over the long weekend!

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litenthusiast
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A mid-morning reading break. Enjoying some leftover cookies and taking some time to read.

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janeycanuck
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My SO knocked it out of the park with this year‘s books - we always get each other a couple of books and the English major in him often feels compelled to get me something that‘ll “expand my horizons” - but he reined that in this year and I‘m super interested in all three!

Tamra Yay!! 11mo
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litenthusiast
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Taking some down time to enjoy a book, a holiday treat and coffee!

BookishMarginalia Enjoy! 11mo
litenthusiast @BookishMarginalia Thank you! 💜 11mo
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The author spent the very last few chapters to tell us about Alva's work in the community and for women's rights. I wish she'd spent more time on that than she did portraying her as a money hungry woman solely concerned with her place in "best society". I found Alva to be very shallow and not likeable at all.

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Lauren.Archer
Mehso-so

Historical fiction about one small part of the Vanderbilt family. Interesting but did not totally engaging.

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Lauren.Archer
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Gotta get this read before tomorrow, due back at the library.

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Alva Vanderbilt was a woman on a mission and purpose for her life. She married William Vanderbilt in the latter 19th century who was already wealthy and later inherited am additional 68 million. Truth: money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes life easier. Alva was a woman born too soon, with a vision of equality, tireless work for political reform, and efforts to change the mindset of women to expect a moral marital relationship.

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Best-selling author #ThereseFowler enlightens and fascinates readers with the notable story of Alva Vanderbilt in a #AWellBehavedWoman #bluestockingreviews https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/a-well-behaved-woman-a-novel-of-the-van...

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