An American Beauty

by Shana Able
Captivating historical fiction - a rag to riches story that will is inspiring and captivating. Excellent book. A story inspired by the true story of Arabella Huntington, the wealthiest self-made woman in America. An American Beauty by Shana Able #histoicalfiction, #womensfiction, #reading, #BooksToRead, #bookclub, #reading, #books,anamericanbeauty,#shanaable

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"This is an interesting examination of a lesser-known figure from the Gilded Age, one whose story extends beyond the confines of late-19th-century New York...This story of one woman's ascent offers a fascinating look at the choices she made to become a Gilded Age titan." -Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Second Mrs. Astor

"Historical fiction at its finest...with deep character perspective...engaging and intricate detail...passages [that] are brilliantly written and both gut-wrenching and heart-breaking to read." -The Florida Times-Union

"An unexpectedly affecting interpretation." -The Toronto Star

"An engaging tale. Abe richly describes the scenery. Everything is opulent, decadent, rich. We're taken from the shores of Maine to bustling New York City, Egypt, and eventually, aboard the Titanic where their romance meets a tragic end in the icy waters. As the story crescendos to that fateful night, readers will remain captivated by both the imagery and the plot... This is more than another tale about the Titanic, it's a love story, a drama, and a fine historical novel. Recommended." -Historical Novels Review

"Abe is an exquisite storyteller, gracefully transporting the reader from Newport to Egypt to the cold seas of the Atlantic. Rich in detail and deeply moving." -Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

"One of the most beautifully written books I've ever had the pleasure to read. You'll find yourself glued to every page, falling in love with this dazzling couple, and despite knowing better, hoping against hope that they avoid the tragedy that awaits them on the ill-fated Titanic. A gorgeous, phenomenal novel I won't soon forget." -Ellen Marie Wiseman New York Times bestselling Author of The Orphan Collector

"A touching, compelling, and haunting love story that will delight fans of historical fiction and enthrall those of us for whom the Titanic will always fascinate." -Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of When We Were Young and Brave

"An engaging novel told with both heartbreaking care and vivid detail. Shana Abe introduces us to the extraordinary Madeleine Astor and her profound love for the enigmatic and famous Jack Astor. Abe's intimate prose brings to life a fascinating and heartbreaking piece of history. A harrowing and yet ultimately hopeful tale of survival and courage, fate and love, and the ultimate question of who do we become after great loss. The Second Mrs. Astor is historical fiction at its gripping and irresistible best." -Patti Callahan , New York Times bestselling author of Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis

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