• American Duchess

  • A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
  • Written by: Karen Harper
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 2019-02-26
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio

Price: CDN$ 38.59

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Publisher's Summary

Before there was Meghan Markle, there was Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American duchess.

Karen Harper tells the tale of Consuelo Vanderbilt, her “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. 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. 

©2019 Karen Harper (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Rodney & Jennifer C
  • 2019-04-26

really enjoyed this

I enjoyed this story so much! It was very well written and te narrator was great!

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  • Kristi L. Grady
  • 2019-04-13

Loved this book!

I absolutely loved this book. I’ll probably listen to it again soon. Consuelo’s life spanned many different eras, and the author blended the love story in perfectly!