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American Gilt Debut (Vol 1) Based on a true story of the Gilded Age Newport, R.I. 1880 - American debutante Sara Swan Whiting has been trained for one purpose: to marry well into society. Together with her friends, Carrie Astor and Edith Jones (Wharton) Sara debuts into society and is introduced to the bachelors of New York's wealthy families, hoping to find the perfect ma ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 22nd 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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J.D. Peterson
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well... I wrote it, and still find it delicious.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm torn on this one. I love historical fiction so this did not disappoint. I love a good scandal... this starts to get you there, but it's one of three so no scandal yet. I love this time period and you are thrown right into the intimate lives of the upper crust.
It seems to have everything I love, so what's my beef? I think it comes down to this being too drawn out. Theres too many discussions about nothing that go nowhere, too many thinks included that just aren't important. Don't get me wrong
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books that make you feel like you're sneaking a peek at someone's life. American Gilt: Debut does just that. I used to think that Historical fiction books would be boring but I have definitely changed my mind about that. My new found love for Historical fiction runs pretty deep! With this book being about a real person, well it just makes it even better.

When a book can transport you to another time and place while you are reading it there's nothing better. You know you have found
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is in Newport, RI that Sara Swan Whitting first sees Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont as she is entering a party. She is a new debutante and can have most any admirer she wants but she wants Oliver from the first. He is being sent to sea with the Navy. He hates it and gets his parents to get him out of the Navy. Sara travels with her mother to Paris and sees Oliver again. It is the Gilded age and Sara must be careful of her reputation. Oliver wants to marry her but his parents are wanting him to h ...more
Tricia Linden
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I know everyone likes 4 and 5 stars reviews, but this book didn't grab me. I finished it because I'm interested in the Gilded Age, but I found the representation of the characters flat and unexciting. It's obvious the author did her research, but dumping a lot of research into a book doesn't always make for a great story. Descriptions of places were a bit over done. An abridged version would probably be so much better.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Didn’t like the book that much when I started but very much enjoyed by the end. It’s a historical novel based on fact. That made it fun because the author included many photos of the characters and the houses.
Tricia Linden
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Great historical research, but a little too long on some unnecessary descriptions and scenes that did little to move the story forward.
Staci Suhy
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free as part of a first reads promotion
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
"American Gilt" didn't offer interesting characters nor an interesting plot. The characters were all rather one-note and their relationships with each other felt underdeveloped and rushed. The plot was without any surprises and just meandered on.

The writing was fine though and it was a quick read.
Nellie Kampmann
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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American Gilt is a great trilogy for anyone interested in the lives of upper crust women during the Gilded Age. J.D. Peterson brings to life the true story of Sara Swan Whiting, a debutante whose hopes and dreams of fulfilling her expected "profession" as a cherished wife do not go as planned. Debut tells about her early life as a starry eyed young woman who falls for an immature charmer. Peterson does a great job of bringing to life the world that Sara and her friends live in, with both its gli ...more
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