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American Duchess
American Duchess
Author: Karen Harper
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 City’s Fifth Avenue. Massive crowds surge for...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780062748331
ISBN-10: 0062748335
Publication Date: 2/26/2019
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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MKSbooklady avatar reviewed American Duchess on + 820 more book reviews
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While I enjoyed the first half of the book, where Consuelo Vanderbilt is miserable and married to a fairly horrible man, the second half where she is happy, and spending money like it's gong out of style, was just so-so. Seems like every chapter she or her mother are buying another 'cottage' to get away from 'it all'. This woman may have been forced into a loveless marriage, but she was one spoiled girl. I can't recommend this book, if I were to be honest.
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reading-galore avatar reviewed American Duchess on + 115 more book reviews
This book is a delightfully easy read. Consuelo had an amazing life on both continents and was able to make huge differences in people's lives with her charitable efforts. Her relationship with her mother, Alva Vanderbilt, and Consuelo's British husband, the Duke of Marlborough, were terribly difficult and painful but as she matured, she found the inner personal strength to make decisions to take control of her own life. Winston Churchill remains her friend throughout her life and is woven into this fascinating story. Highly recommend!


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