Author(s): Therese Anne Fowler
'A very lively read' Independent
'A pacy, elegant novel' Mail on Sunday
'A glittering depiction of a woman ahead of her time who absolutely refused to be second best' Red
'Wholly absorbing' Stylist
'Therese Anne Fowler's portrait of this feisty, forward-thinking woman is enthralling' Good Housekeeping
'Sure to enthral' Harper's Bazaar
OUTSPOKEN. BRAVE. BRILLIANT. FIERCE.
Alva Smith, her Southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America's great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York's old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine 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 with desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.
GOOD BEHAVIOUR WILL ONLY GET A WOMAN SO FAR.
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'Brilliant. Read it, read it, read it' Daily Mail 'Superb' Independent on Sunday 'Utterly compulsive reading' Stylist 'A treat' Sunday Times