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A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

Thank you to St. Martins Press for my free copy!

I went into A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler with little to no information about the Vanderbilt family. Other than a brief visit to The Biltmore in North Carolina when I was in high school, and knowing they had something to do with....railroads? I didn't know much else. What I DID know was that I simply adored Fowler's first book. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. I loved how she delivered Zelda's story, separate and alongside her husband's famous name and image. I flew through that book and will forever have a special place in my heart when it comes to Zelda Fitzgerald, the woman.

What took me by surprise with this story, however, was how very much I did not like Alva Vanderbilt at  the beginning (or honestly, almost the first half). I found a lot of what was happening slightly off-putting. A poor woman with no prospects on the horizon vying for the attentions of a young man from a wealthy family, so her own s…

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