Emily's Reviews > Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age

Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart
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I finally finished this book in it's entirety after starting several months ago. It is a very interesting history of two of the Vanderbilt women and their marriages as well as their involvement in the suffragette movements of the US and England. I recently visited Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, and it was very interesting to be in the home of Consuelo Vanderbilt (after her mother Alva married her off to the 9th Duke of Marlborough). Fun to see the portraits of her in the grand estate, and interesting to see what her dowry went to; renovations and decorating that took place under her husband's time there. Money certainly didn't buy them a happy marriage.
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