Money. Family. Love. Hate. Obsession. Duty. Politics. Religion – or the lack thereof. Sex — or, once again, the lack thereof.
A carefully-researched historical novel about life among the privileged class of Pittsburgh during the Industrial Revolution.
Watts put forth a tremendous effort in research. Her minute detail regarding historical events is outstanding. She clearly transports the reader to the time and place, you become part of the historical events mentioned, very interactive. Clearly Pittsburgh 1870 -1880’s was felt along with social mores. The events grab hold of your attention as Watts weaves the characters and plot in tandem with events effortlessly.
I adored Thomas – a true gentleman possessing integrity. He’s witty despite the fact he feels socially stunted. His situation is heartbreaking. The friendship he developed with Regina was well done. She is another character well elaborated by Watts. Regina is a woman clearly ahead of her time and I love how Watts stepped out of the box with her and her personality. All the characters were wonderful – motley blending nicely together.
I enjoyed the book but had issues with two items. First I felt the dialog was not fitting of the time, much to contemporary for my liking, language didn’t appear late 1800’s in the least. Second I was seriously disappointed with the abrupt ending. I can’t imagine what Watts was thinking with such a sudden and unfinished conclusion. I felt she was exhausted and just called it quits. She created a major build up with the Johnstown Flood and poof DONE. Honestly I felt quite a bit of anger and frustration. Even if a sequel follows it won’t temper my level of frustration with the poor ending in this book.
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Jeanette Watts couldn’t help but notice that all romances seemed to be set in the American West or the South. A staunch Yankee girl, she asked what is unromantic about the North or the East? After living for four years in Pittsburgh, and falling deeply in love with southwestern Pennsylvania, she found it the perfect location for a love story.
Besides writing, she is also a dance instructor, an inveterate seamstress, the artistic director for several dance companies, an actress, and a history buff. Wealth and Privilege took her 10 years to write, because she felt the research needed to be thorough. Everything from big events and famous people to little details like dog breeds and women’s fashions have been carefully researched.
Wealth & Privilege Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, June 16
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Review at Book Nerd
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Review at Book Lovers Paradise
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Tuesday, July 7
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Friday, July 17
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