Book Review: "Heiresses: The Lives Of The Million Dollar Babies; Author: Laura Thompson; Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Laura Thompson for the opportunity to read and review an e-galley copy of "Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies."
Well... I must say... I had my fill of scandals and drama as I journeyed through this book. It is teeming with a plethora of information that showcases the writer's ability to artfully report her research findings in intricate detail. It is a sweeping saga about heiresses and their personal experiences that unfolds decades after decades, giving the reader an intimate, birds-eye view of their gilded, yet oftentimes, lackluster worlds.
Though at times the issues plaguing the heiresses are serious in nature, the author's delivery of said information is almost playful and gossipy at times and therefore entertaining for the reader. I found myself thinking of such television shows as the original version of "Gossip Girl," sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next "omg" moment to hit me between my eyes. Indeed... there were many scenarios these women endured that left me shaking my head in wonder. Vilified, sold, stolen, bartered, raped, held captive, rendered insane, beaten, hidden, "enveloped in money" but without a shred of rights or dignity, stripped of decision-making or access to their own inherited funds... these "true stories" are horrific in nature to say the least.
My thoughts veered to Tina Turner's famous song, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" as it kept entering my mind as I turned page after page, reading all the drama that ensued for these "heiresses." Where was the love? Sadly, it most often had nothing to do with these relationships. These were business alliances, get-rich-quick for the groom schemes, relationships that favored the males and put a noose around the females' neck. Rich in money and assets... yet poor in respect and genuine love. How awful it must have been to be wanted only for what you can "deliver," for being chosen for the attractive "loot" you can bring into a relationship. My thoughts were churning with a smorgasbord of questions while reading this book and so it is clearly a thought-provoking compilation that connects with the reader.
We are also introduced to females who thrived as heiresses. This was a relief to read. The struggle to "be" figured prominently for these heiresses.
In summation, I enjoyed this book. The information was rich, detailed and carried a playful tone to it as clearly, the reader can note that the writer, too, was probably rolling her eyes as she assembled the information for this book.
I recommend this book for your reading pleasure.
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Book Reviewed: "Heiresses: The Lives Of The Million Dollar Babies; Author: Laura Thompson; Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Publication Date: February 15, 2022
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