Wealth and Privilege by Jeanette Watts *Review and Giveaway
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Wealth and Privilege
by Jeanette Watts
Money. Family. Love. Hate. Obsession. Duty. Politics. Religion – or the lack thereof. Sex — or, once again, the lack thereof.
Thomas Baldwin finds himself married to a woman he can’t stand, while head-over heels in love with another woman he can’t have. Talk about bad planning. He feels like a kite, buffeted by circumstances which blow him not only through personal crises, but also through some of the most significant events in Pittsburgh during the late 1800s, including the railroad riots of 1877, the creation of the Homestead Steel Works, the assassination of President Garfield, and the Johnstown Flood. Over time, and with the help of his muse, who dances maddeningly just beyond his reach, he takes control of his life, wresting it from the winds attempting to control him.
A carefully-researched historical novel about life among the privileged class of Pittsburgh during the Industrial Revolution.
A soft rumble of thunder sounded in the distance, and they both groaned.
“Just what we need,” Thomas observed. “More water.”
“Well, I suppose thunder doesn’t necessarily mean more rain,” Regina answered hopefully.
It was an odd sort of thunder. It took Thomas a moment to realize why. Then it occurred to him that it was continuous, and getting louder, instead of fading away.
A strange black fog began to drift through the air. They froze, staring at each other, listening. The rumble increased like – what? It was a cross between an oncoming train, and – and – Thomas imagined this must be what an avalanche must sound like.
Then he knew what was going on. The South Fork dam had broken!
Before he could share his insight, Regina’s face changed. She stared up Clinton Street, mouth open, eyes wide with horror. She pointed, incoherent noises issuing from her throat. Thomas turned, and nearly fell off their precarious little raft.
The source of the crashing rumble was a towering wall of debris moving toward them. A misty black cloud hung in the air, occasionally obscuring the horrific sight. A writhing mass of tree roots, rooftops, planks, railroad pieces and other metal parts tumbled over and over upon itself.
The rumble had clarified into a roar of screaming and crashing as the rapidly approaching behemoth rolled toward them. They couldn’t outrun it, either on or off their little craft. Regina pointed to the nearest building. The brick corners were coined, laid unevenly enough to make a decent ladder. Thomas understood without a word. They poled their way across the watery distance, desperation giving them strength and speed.
Set in Pittsburgh in the second half of the 1800’s Thomas feels trapped. His family constantly compares him to the older brother that has died. His mother wants him to find a girl and get married and his father thinks that he isn’t capable of running the family business. Thomas wouldn’t mind getting married if he were to find a woman that had a mind of her own and didn’t bore or annoy him. He finally meets the woman he has been searching for and discovers she is already married. Later that same night he is trapped into marrying one of the very “ladies” he was trying so hard to avoid. Being the true gentleman that he is, he stays faithful to his wife and himself. He never has an intimate relationship with his wife he allows her to spend his money and at least try have an outward appearance of an acceptable marriage. He becomes friends and business partners with Regina and her husband, through the years they become best friends. When her husband passes away their friendship gets stronger, he finds himself desperately in love with a woman he can’t have because though she is now free he still isn’t. He stays her closest friend through all the years.
This is a beautiful love story that spans a lifetime. You need to read this book and see how their lives play out. This is well written and pulls you in.
I give this 5 out of 5 fangs
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jeanette Watts has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing.
When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.
Jeanette will be awarding a Victorian cameo to a randomly drawn winner (International) via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.