Was Alva Vanderbilt "A Well Behaved Woman"? Did you join in our group read for March? Jumping straight into the book chat, the novel was the semi biographical "A Well Behaved Woman" by Therese Anne Fowler. It's a historical fiction and it's hard to say how much is based on actual truth but personally I loved reading it, finding out more about the "gilded" age and the lives of the people in "high society". If Alva has been written about true to form I really admire her as well. How about you?
The general consensus from our A Box Of Bookclub Facebook Group Discussion last night was that it was a good read:
"I enjoyed the book far more than I thought I would. I found Alva quite a strong character who’s determination and manipulation came from having come from a less than ideal background. I’m not sure I would have wanted to lived back then with all the ladder climbing required but seeing the changes of women’s rights would have been empowering".
"I found Alva admirable, inspirational, strong, determined and someone who knows what she wants/needs and is unwavering in her pursuit of this. I am glad I didn't live in those times though! It is a good book and I learnt a lot from reading it".
"I think Alva was the one character in the book that I did like, trying hard to change her circumstance. The other Vanderbilt’s were quite annoying- splashing money around just to be seen differently. After reading I researched what happened to the family- interesting that many of their famous properties in New York are no longer and the money is all but gone. Yet many of the other old money families still have wealth because they made smart decisions about their estates".
"It was interesting to find out more about a different age and the social situations of that time."
Now onto announcing the April Group Read...
We've gone with a light and easy holiday read , "The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton" by Anstey Harris. Given that there is the Easter break hopefully that means some downtime for relaxing and escaping into a book? I needed a bit of a lighter book to read after the heavier ones I've been reading lately (this being one of them...
a great lesson in history of courage and hope during the darkest time).
Anyway, "The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton" ticks the box for a good "inbetween" read and makes you feel good too!
Goodreads blurb on "The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton" (I don't actually agree with the comparisons made in it as Eleanor is still up there as one of my favourite books of the last 12 months so will be hard to beat but this is a sweet novel, good to escape into and maybe pick up a few new tidbits about music as well!).
Jojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant in Goodbye, Paris, an utterly charming novel that proves that sometimes you have to break your heart to make it whole.
Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn't been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she's built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long- distance affair with David, the man who has helped her rebuild her life even as she puts her dreams of a family on hold until his children are old enough for him to leave his loveless marriage.
But when David saves the life of a woman in the Paris Metro, his resulting fame shines a light onto the real state of the relationship(s) in his life. Shattered, Grace hits rock bottom and abandons everything that has been important to her, including her dream of entering and winning the world's most important violin-making competition. Her closest friends--a charming elderly violinist with a secret love affair of his own, and her store clerk, a gifted but angst-ridden teenage girl-step in to help, but will their friendship be enough to help her pick up the pieces?
Filled with lovable, quirky characters, this poignant novel explores the realities of relationships and heartbreak and shows that when it comes to love, there's more than one way to find happiness.
Let's make the group chat Sunday 5th May. Are you in?
Do you like an "inbetween" book to mix up the types of books you read?
Need a Mother's Day Gift ...
If you are looking for a Mother's Day gift idea and the Mothers in your world love books why not gift a one, 3, or 6 book box subscription? I'm making up extra's of our April Book Boxes (being dispatched at the end of the this week) to be gifted for Mother's Day too if you'd like to pre-order just click here, and take advantage of our early bird subscriber price which is only available until 12th April. (I can't give away the book title just yet (it's NOT our April group read & the reveal will come after all our subscribers have received their boxes) but it's entirely appropriate as a Mother's Day Gift & the gifts that go with it are sweet too).