A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts
A Well-Behaved Woman is a riveting audiobook about iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded Age New York, from the New York Times best-selling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.
There are numerous stories that determine, women are among the most inspiring entities in this world and there is no doubt in that. This story is also about an inspiring lady named Alva Vanderbilt who learned to defy destiny and made her own destiny by fighting back to her poverty based life and turned it upside down by making it prestigious despite the various hindrances and factors affecting it.
Alva Smith, her Southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.
In A Well-Behaved Woman, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman. Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules – and how to break them.
The author of the story is Therese Anne Fowler and it has been narrated and given life by the narrator Barrie Kreinik.
Though it seems like inspiring stories can be found through many sources, but this one is about the lady who was brought up and married in times when there is nothing but poverty that surrounds her. She started to fight back for her social status right from the start.
She managed to build a mansion, arrange balls and she developed herself and her family in a social circle quiet effectively in a way that her daughter ended up marrying a duke which could have been a dream without Alva’s efforts. Just like in the stories including An Anonymous Girl and The Family Next Door you can find characters managing, changing and determining their life aspects with their own unique ways.
How the family of the Vanderbilts grew, developed themselves and how they gained the social status throughout their life despite their poor origin, is truly a determined journey carved by the iron lady named Alva.
Who tried and won all the prestigious ways of life for her and the family without getting broke. With all the enormous wealth and the status earned throughout her life, ALVA inspires ladies to turn their passion, their determination into reality so that they could live a life they want and deserve.
In this story, the author has shared how a woman can break older rules and make her own to guide her own life in the way she wants to.
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By: Therese Anne Fowler
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical