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The true story of a girl from the wilderness settlements of a burgeoning new America who became one of the most privileged figures of the Gilded Age.
Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back.
From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.
©2015 Annejet van der Zijl (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Michele Hutchison.
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By Holly on 05-09-18

Good Documentation of American Royalty

This was an interesting book about a little known Woman. I was impressed by the way the Subject transformed to the pressures and politics she navigated amidst. I enjoyed the book immensely! This book was given by the Author free in return for a review. Thank You!

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By Meghan on 05-08-18

such a good book!!!!

highly recommend for anyone interested in history, or anyone who just likes a good story.

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