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American Duchess

(2019)
A novel by

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

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.



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Hardback Editions

February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
Author(s): Karen Harper
ISBN: 0-06-288429-8 / 978-0-06-288429-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
Author(s): Karen Harper
ISBN: 0-06-274833-5 / 978-0-06-274833-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

February 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
Author(s): Karen Harper
ISBN: 1-982606-60-6 / 978-1-982606-60-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
Author(s): Karen Harper
ISBN: 1-982606-61-4 / 978-1-982606-61-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2019 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
Author(s): Karen Harper
ISBN: 1-982606-62-2 / 978-1-982606-62-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt
Author(s): Karen Harper
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU