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The Way of Beauty

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Hearts and dreams evolve in the shadow of the once-magnificent Penn Station.

Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy da
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Norma * Traveling Sister
I have never read a book by Camille Di Maio before and when I seen the beautiful cover of this book I just knew that I had to read this one! I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beauty of a book! The story is just as beautiful as that cover!

THE WAY OF BEAUTY by CAMILLE DI MAIO was a fantastic, informative, interesting, and heartfelt historical fiction novel that pulled me in immediately. I absolutely love the title of this book and it was extremely fitting to this story. The way tha
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
A strong 4 stars from me!

This was an intriguing, charming and heartfelt story that spans from 1900 – 1963. We experience the perspectives of two strong, loving and determined women - Vera and Alice. Along the way, we meet many unforgettable characters connected to each of these women.

One of the themes explored throughout this book is the suffragette movement which I often find myself drawn to. I find the courage and resilience of women during these challenging times astounding and awe-inspiring
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Brenda - Traveling Sister
Norma, Lindsay and I were lost in the heartwarming feel-good lush coulee reading The Way of Beauty soaking up the warm sun and this fascinating story of two strong women and their lives.

The Way of Beauty is a charming, sweet and heartwarming historical women's fiction novel that touches on many topics while bringing a piece of history to life here with Penn Station and blending the lives of two very strong women and the people connected to them.

Camille Di Mario does such a great job balancing
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


Vera Keller was in love with Angelo since she scraped her knee as a child and fell in front of his newspaper stand.

Vera thought she would one day be his wife, but realized that her station in life most likely would prevent that from happening. Her father worked as a Sandhog with men that built the underground train tunnels, and her mother worked in a garment factory. Both jobs ruined her parents' health and their lives.

Vera grew up, and when she was seventeen, she thought meeting Angelo at th
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Reading.Between.Wines
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

Words really cannot express just how much I loved The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio. This is a heartfelt historical fiction novel that really pulls at the heartstrings.

The Way of Beauty mainly tells the story of Vera and her daughter Alice, but also other people that are connected with their lives. There are quite a few main characters, but not in a confusing way (and we only see things from Vera and Alice's POVs). The book is set in New York City during the women's suffrage movement
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
What truly enchanted me when it came to THE WAY OF BEAUTY was Penn Station. Oh, how I wished it was still standing in all its glory. Alas, it had to give way for progress. Luckily, there are still images and like this book, imaginative stories that make Penn Station come to life again.

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
Jamie Rosenblit
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
What a story! I think I say this every time I read a historical novel, but, I'll repeat myself again - "I am honestly not the biggest historical fiction fan" - BUT, I seem to have found an exception! I'm starting to enjoy historical fiction that is more based in the US and less WWII focused (although there are some favorites there, too).

The Way of Beauty mostly takes place in New York City (my city, gushes) during the woman's Suffrage movement but the character's are the true standouts here. Ve
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MaryBeth's Bookshelf
The Way of Beauty is a beautifully written novel. Vera Keller is growing up in NYC in the early 20th century. She falls in love with Angelo Bellavia, whom she had known since she was a child, but her life is turned upside down when he introduces Vera to Pearl - the woman he intends to marry. Against everything Vera feels, she becomes dear friends with Pearl who opens her eyes to a world she did not know. Pearl has a strong personality and is a member of the Suffragette Movement. She asks Vera to ...more
Amy
I don’t read historical fiction all that often, you guys know I stick to my thrillers with a rom com or some women’s fiction thrown in for some variety, but every time I do switch to a historical novel I wonder why I don’t read more of them?! The Way of Beauty was such a gorgeous book in every single way, it was so amazing that I’m going to be reading DiMaio’s other books ASAP.

The first half is set in the 1900’s and told from Vera’s perspective beginning when she’s just five years old and it fol
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Sue
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely one of the best historical fiction novels that I've read in a long time. The characters are well written and believable and the setting of NYC's Penn station is a perfect focal point to tie the two main characters together.

Vera is the daughter of German immigrants who are forced to move when Penn Station is built in NYC. When she is in her teens, she falls in love with the young man who runs the newsstand but he marries a suffragette who later becomes Vera's friend. When Vera
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Linda Zagon
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY REVIEW OF “THE WAY OF BEAUTY” BY CAMILLE DI MAIO

BRAVO to Camille Di Maio, Author of “The Way of Beauty”, for a Literary Masterpiece and an Absolute Treasure. I loved everything about Camille Di Maio’s novel. From the descriptive historical perspectives of the culture, people, landscape and architecture to the colorful cast of characters through three generations, and the significant political statements of the times, the author has woven several stories and themes into an amazing , captivatin
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Tina Woodbury
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars
This story is quite the gem! First and foremost this historical fiction story is a love story, but underneath that it is a whole lot more.

This book is essentially broken into two parts. This first half of the book is Vera’s story. She is young, carefree, and in love. She is the main caregiver of her aging father and makes a friend who will completely change the direction of her life in multiple ways. The second half of the book is about Vera’s daughter Alice. Alice
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Melissa
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Camille Di Maio's writing ever since her debut, The Memory of Us: A Novel. With The Way of Beauty, she is now three for three with compelling and memorable novels.

The entire story was so beautifully written. I felt like I was inside Penn Station watching the characters interact. I could easily visualize them and feel what they were feeling. Both Vera and Alice's romantic conflicts were understandable and it was easy to sympathize with them. (I know many women who would gladl
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Rebecca Rosenberg
Vera touched my heart from the beginning, the struggle of being so poor and the one light of her life... Angelo. I don't want to spoil things, but Vera's most ardent wish is foiled almost before she realizes how much she wants it, and brings a new friend, who opens her eyes to the suffrage movement and rights for women. And though she may not have Angelo in quite the way she hoped, she loves him and his son fiercely. The writing transports you to the time, not so long ago when women had to choos ...more
Jennifer S. Brown
THE WAY OF BEAUTY is a love story, but what is so charming about it is it's not just a love story between people; this book is a love story to New York City and, in particular, to the original Penn Station. The novel traces two women, Vera and her daughter Alice. It begins in the 1900 with young Vera, whose father is a "sandhog," one of the workers who helps build the tunnels leading to Penn Station. As Vera ages, she pines for the man who runs the newsstand at the train station, but he sees her ...more
Basic B's Guide
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Get Red PR and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of The Way of Beauty in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

A historical romance that grabbed my heart from the first few pages. Camille Di Maio crafts a beautiful story about love, family, heartache and the women’s fight for the right to vote. The author brings Penn Station back to life where the story intersects.

This is a generational family story in which I completely adored all the strong female characters. Vera is incredib
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Carole
This is the third novel from this author and it’s another winner! Her writing style and topics remind me a little of Susan Meissner. They both write good characters and historical fiction.
Put this on your summer reading list if you’re looking for something good and easy to read!
Lisa Montanaro
This beauty of a book does not disappoint! Loved the story line, which featured three strong female protagonists. It’s historical fiction and the backdrop is wonderful. NYC from WWI to WWII. Pennsylvania Station is a big part of the setting. Several love stories play out, as well as friendships. With missed opportunities, passionate causes such as the suffragist movement and saving architectural gems, family dynamics, love, and some intrigue too, this book lives up to its name, and is one beauty ...more
Chanel Cleeton
A wonderful novel about the fascinating lives of two women connected by a legacy of loyalty, passion, and a strong sense of family. Set against the backdrop of New York City and the grand Penn Station, readers are sure to love this epic tale that tugs at your heartstrings as you root for Vera and Alice to find their happy endings.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
#FirstLine The stone birds stood at attention, as they had for more than fifty years.

Wow, this book is something else. A story that spans generations and has so many characters, all of which are each compelling in their own ways, is quite a treat. Di Maio is a force in historical fiction and takes history and makes it very personal to the reader, regardless of the readers previous knowledge of the story manner. She is able to flesh out the characters, fills in the story while weaving in the his
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Rebecca
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romantic story about mother (Vera) and daughter (Alice's) quest for love in NYC.

Vera had been in love with Angelo since she was a child, so at age 17, she was devastated when he introduced her to his fiancee, Pearl, a suffragette fighting for women's right to vote. For this reason, Vera should have hated Pearl, but darn it, Pearl was just so darn likable that instead, Vera became a nanny to Pearl's 3 year old son, William, from her first marriage.

It was "such a recipe for jealousy. But it was i
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Susan Peterson
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camille Di Maio is one of the freshest new voices in historical fiction, melding facts and fiction into heartfelt stories. New York City in the early 20th century is the backdrop for this wonderful story of love and family. The book centers around Vera and Alice, mother and daughter, who are both passionate women, driven by their dreams in a world that is ever-changing. The author did a great job of putting the reader into that setting, with the building of Penn Station, the suffragette movement ...more
Judy Collins
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Emily Carpenter
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Way of Beauty transported me through an entirely unknown (to me) era of New York City, to a world of privilege, poverty, and the suffragette movement--all unfolding around the immense Penn Station that served as a sort of village square in that world of immigrants in turn of the century Manhattan. Captivated by Vera's dilemmas, both romantic and financial, I savored this tender, sometimes heartbreaking love story that spans generations and shows the impact one woman's convictions has on futu ...more
Patricia Sands
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camille Di Maio has quickly become one of my favourite authors. The Way of Beauty is her third novel and does not disappoint. Di Maio continues to demonstrate her excellent research skills and build that information into a highly readable story. Excellent character development drives this inspiring history of how the women in the suffrage movement of the early 1900's paved the way for the rights of women today. It's also a wonderful tribute to Penn Station!
Tammy
Oh my! This book! There is so much to love about The Way of Beauty, from the beautiful cover to the amazing story on it's pages. Camille Di Maio has written a beautiful saga about hopes and dreams against the backdrop of New York's Penn Station. I felt as if I was in the story as I read the descriptions of Penn Station, the suffragettes and the differences in class distinction. I fell in love with Vera and Pearl and again with Will and Alice. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that ...more
Corinne Bennett
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vera is a German immigrant who has always loved Angelo, but ends up brokenhearted when he turns out to be engaged. Angelo marries Pearl, a young, fiery suffragette who will stop at nothing to gain votes for women. As Vera begins to nanny Pearl's son, she also rallies behind the suffragette cause. Pearl is often away due to her work, which pulls Vera toward the life she always desired: becoming Angelo's wife. Will she give into her temptation, or stay loyal to her friend Pearl?

Fast forward to Ali
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Suanne
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read The Way of Beauty because I read Ms. Di Maio’s previous two books, The Memory of Us and Before the Rain Falls, and enjoyed them. The Way of Beauty was written for those who enjoy well-researched, well-written women’s fiction with a historical flavor.

In Di Maio’s third novel, The Way of Beauty, she further develops her reputation as an author savvy in both research techniques and character development—and the ability to combine these elements into a relatable story.

The Way of Beauty is t
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Allison
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"One entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat." Thus spoke legendary architectural historian Vincent Scully when describing Penn Station, and thus begins Camille Di Maio's latest novel, THE WAY OF BEAUTY, which is set in and around the environs of that same erstwhile New York treasure. Book-ended by the rise and fall of this iconic locale, Di Maio's tale is one of American dreams and hearts, bringing to life the American immigrant story while following the complexities of huma ...more
Carol (Reading Ladies)
4.5 stars
Do you have fond memories of a certain landmark that you associate with a memorable event in your life? (For my husband and I, it’s In ‘N Out hamburger stands!) Are you old enough to have grieved the demise of certain landmarks or symbols? Have you ever remarked “Remember when…”? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you may find The Way of Beauty especially meaningful.

Although romance plays a large role in this story, there’s so much more. Readers gain historical insight in
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Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 21 years, she home schools their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She's lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai'i to feel like a local. She ...more