American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt

American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt

Title:American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
ISBN:9780062748348
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:368 pages

Before Meghan and Harry, another American ‘princess’ captured the hand of an English aristocrat. Now, 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 forward, awaiting their glimpse of heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. Just 18, the beautiful bride has not only arrived late, but in tears, yet her marriage to the aloof Duke of Marlborough proceeds. Bullied into the wedding by her indomitable mother, Alva, Consuelo loves another. But a deal was made, trading some of the vast Vanderbilt wealth for a title and prestige, and Consuelo, bred to obey, realizes she must make the best of things.

At Blenheim Palace, Consuelo is confronted with an overwhelming list of duties, including producing an “heir and a spare,” but her relationship with the duke quickly disintegrates. Consuelo finds an inner strength, charming everyone from debutantes to diplomats including Winston Churchill, as she fights for women’s suffrage. And when she takes a scandalous leap, can she hope to attain love at last…?

From the dawning of the opulent Gilded Age, to the battles of the Second World War, American Duchess is a riveting tale of one woman’s quest to attain independence—at any price.


    American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    AMERICAN DUCHESS tales the fictional story of Consuelo Vanderbilt. In 1895 Consuelo wed the Duke of Marlborough. This was not a love match; she was already in love with another man. She only went to t...

  • The Library Lady

    This author apparently has a wide following, and if you like fluffed up historical fiction, you'll probably be a fan.If on the other hand you like a little more than cardboard characters and weak dial...

  • The Lit Bitch

    4.5 starsThis novel I happened to see on one of my friend’s Instagram and had immediate book envy! I absolutely love the cover and the novel itself sounded so intriguing!Let me just rave about this ...

  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre, especially when it contains The Gilded Age, family money, and England. American Duchess is the story of Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was forced (literally) by her ...

  • Aura

    What kinds of troubles can a young rich American beauty have? Well, young Consuelo Vanderbilt did not want to marry the English Duke her mother handpicked for her. Oh, the horror! She was rich and he ...

  • Dallas Jo

    I have been fascinated by the Vanderbilts and Blenheim Palace since the first time I visited Britain in the seventies. The American Duchess is entertaining and educational. I found myself searching fo...

  • Lois

    An enjoyable fictionalized account of the life of Consuelo Vanderbilt...

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 2 STARS2019; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Canada(Review Not on Blog)After the recent whirlwind romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the TV series, The Crown this novel seem...

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair

    "American Duchess" is the fascinating story of Consuelo Vanderbilt of the American Vanderbilts (yes, those ones!) who already lives a fairy tale life in the United States as part of one of the storied...

  • Racine Zackula

    I am an Anglophile and love historical fiction, so this book description is right up my alley. Consuelo Vanderbilt was someone I had never read about and the "dollar brides" era is interesting as Amer...