In the cauldron of undeclared class warfare of late nineteenth century Newport, Rhode Island, reputations are made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights, amid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches and costume balls. In 1893, Sam Driver, railroad mogul and onetime robber baron of the lawless years after the Civil War, returns ...
In the cauldron of undeclared class warfare of late nineteenth century Newport, Rhode Island, reputations are made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights, amid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches and costume balls. In 1893, Sam Driver, railroad mogul and onetime robber baron of the lawless years after the Civil War, returns to Newport with his daughter, Jenny. But someone in Newport knows the secrets of Sam's past and won't let it rest. Sam carries on regardless, determined to win a place in Newport society, and there are those who will help him - for a price. Meanwhile, Jenny wants the best that Newport has to offer, but finds herself drawn into a dangerous romance with an impoverished young Irishman...
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Having visited Newport, Rhode Island recently, it was interesting to read about the habits and lifestyle of the people who inhabited those "exercise in excess" mansions. Mr. Jakes' characters always seem real and he tells the story as though you were there.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-10-02 True love confronts Gilded Age class hierarchy in Jakes's latest engaging historical potboiler. Railroad tycoon Sam Driver sets out to conquer the summer resort of Newport, R.I., at the 1890s pinnacle of its glamour and snootiness in order to avenge its snubbing of his dead wife and find a prestigious match for his daughter, Jenny. It's a world ruled by New York socialites, where the slightest blemish of background or breach of protocol triggers ostracism. Sam struggles to conform while fending off the efforts of an old rival to exclude him, but Jenny throws a monkey wrench into things by falling in love with a handsome, lower-class Irishman. Jakes serves up a melodrama and satire of the tyranny of social convention with a girl-power ending. It doesn't always ring true, especially when Sam pressures Jenny to marry the obviously villainous Count Orlov, and action set pieces like a tennis match and a carriage race are less than gripping. But Jakes is a fluent storyteller, and his meticulous reconstruction of fin-de-si?cle excess will have fans savoring the lavish details of jewelry, fashion, food and follies. (Nov. 7) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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