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Under a Gilded Moon: A Novel (edição 2020)

por Joy Jordan-Lake (Autor)

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"Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American "royalty," is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country's grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow. Kerry MacGregor's future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family's land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry's fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape - a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals. As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it."--Provided by publisher.… (mais)
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Título:Under a Gilded Moon: A Novel
Autores:Joy Jordan-Lake (Autor)
Informação:Lake Union Publishing (2020), 414 pages
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Such an interesting story and well developed characters. I loved how intertwined the lives of the characters were even though they were miles apart in social standing. Loved the suspense and development of the plot. Will want to read more by this author. ( )
  LuLibro | Jan 22, 2024 |
Slow to get into. An interesting "historical" novel surrounding the building of the Biltmore house. ( )
  sunnydrk | Jan 19, 2023 |
I loved this mixture of historical fiction and appreciated a peak into the period and the Vanderbilt's. It's a name we all recognize... I loved this view from the shadows of their vast fortune and how it impacted others. I believe the setting was well built and provided an allure to the novel.

I wasn't as hooked with the mystery as I'd hoped to be. It wasn't enough to leave me begging for more, but it was enjoyable none-the-less. ( )
  Jynell | Feb 24, 2022 |
While reading this book, it was clear the author invested a great deal of time researching and creating this historical fiction with the completion of the breathtaking Biltmore in Asheville, NC from the late 1800s.

The story is a murder mystery relating to Madison Grant's goal of white supremacy in this country. The book begins on the Royal Blue Express train which traveled at an amazing 90 miles per hour. Kerry and her 13 year-old twin siblings, Tully and Jersey, were returning from school to the Blue Ridge Mountains to take care of their ailing father. They were one of the last families to own a rudimentary cabin next to the Biltmore estates where they have lived off the land for generations. It was where "the rich people liked to peek at the lower classes...as if the gap made them feel richer still." While Kerry and the twins were desperate to survive, George Vanderbilt and his guests enjoyed the finest at the estate with a valuable collection of art, books and music along with delicious food and wine.

Kerry was awarded a scholarship In New York and had a wonderful teacher, Miss Hopson, who talked about the importance of books to make "your life what you want it to be." When she returned after being raised on a farm, she wasn't the same person even though she was only gone for two years. It wasn't easy to come back in spite of the beauty of the land. The one she once danced with, Dearg Tate, appeared to be much different now.

As soon as they arrived after an exhausting trip, there was a murder of a passenger she met on the train, a Jewish man, Aaron Berkowitz, on assignment for The NY Times. The book revolves around three suspects: Ling Young (Chinese), Robert Bratchett (Black) and Mr. Bergamini (Italian). Vanderbilt's guest, Grant, believed that poorer classes of people are genetically inferior with a lower intellect and tried to convince others to support this growing movement.

The author took special care with the language used by the mountain folk during this time. She also created the beautiful image of Asheville and the Biltmore which brought back memories when I last visited. It made me take another peak of the history during this period. Overall, it took me some time to digest this book as the division of race and wealth continues to haunt us.

My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review this novel. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
This historical fiction brings to light how long racial supremacy has affected the American landscape. The American palace, the Biltmore, located in the mountains is the backdrop of the story and how race, religion and national origins can ruin something beautiful. ( )
  Gingersnap000 | Jan 25, 2021 |
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"Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American "royalty," is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country's grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow. Kerry MacGregor's future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family's land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry's fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape - a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals. As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it."--Provided by publisher.

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