Thursday, January 14, 2016

#BookReview of January 2016: Sisters of Fortune


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One of my favorite historical novel of four extraordinaire American sisters descended from early Maryland settlers and their wealthy grandfather, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Instead being prepared to grow up and marry a wealthy plantation owner, their forward thinking grandfather raised  Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily Caton to educated, to be politically aware, to manage money, and to participate in their communities and the broader world around them!  Before the Dollar Princesses of United States, these wealthy sisters will influence members of the Regency in England and other in wealthy social cirlces in Europe.

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The letters of these sisters showed a rich history of correspondence of about hopes and dreams, tragedy and despair, and joy and triumphs that Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily experienced between their travels in America, Canada, England, Ireland, France and other parts of Europe! I love that this novel has maps and pictures (both black and white and colored) of the sisters, family and friends, famous individuals, and places! Out of the four sisters, young Emily was the only one to have children whom today are their descendants of the Caton Sisters! Based on the sisters' letters and other historical documents, you can actually visit the homes in Maryland and other places where the Caton Sisters traveled!

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These Caton sisters overcame prejudices about their American and Catholic heritages but their wisdom, humility, and likability helps them overcome many obstacles from their youth to being surviving heiresses! Anyone who want to study women's role in early America and Europe through the eyes of the Caton sisters are in for great read! I love how the story makes you feel that you are right beside the sisters and their adventures! Plus, this novel contains pictures of the sisters and the importance places that they lived and visited, some which is in existence today! I highly recommend this novel who want to know more about early American women who played a major role in economic wealth, social circles, and "petticoat politics"!
Until next time...

Ursula

aka Blueridge Beauty Blogger

5 comments:

  1. Nice post! I'm actually a history major, so I really enjoy this sort of stuff. The main picture on the cover also happens to be the one that was used for the version of Pride and Prejudice that I bought back in the 10th grade (mid 90s). So in my mind that is what Eliza Bennett has always looked like.

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    1. Thank you, Dalila! I enjoy reading historical novels that showed women's lives in that period!

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  3. I love history so this definitely sounds like something that would be an interesting read.

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    1. I highly recommend this historical novel about how these smart women grow and learn in the 19th century..alot men supported intelligent women in society instead of silly gooses and gossips! Their grandfather was very wise to encourage wise and prudent granddaughters!

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