Ebook Release Date: 2013
Paperback Release Date: 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
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 is something of a kite, buffeted by circumstances which blow him not only through personal crises, but also through some of the most significant events of 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.
Praise for Wealth and Privilege
"Thomas Baldwin is like a Rorschach inkblot test. Some people love him, some people find him unlikeable. Most people can't stand his wife. Others feel sorry for her. I take the fact that people have such a huge variety of reactions to my characters as a sign I succeeded in writing full, rich personalities." - Kirkus Reviews
"Wealth and Privilege is an exceptionally provoking read. The real romance is between the author and the reader" - Page Traveler
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Review: As I girl from Southwestern PA, I have to say that this book excited me from the start. One I started reading, it was love at first page.
I loved Thomas and Regina, and seeing all the places in Pittsburgh that are familiar to me come to life again. People like Andrew Carnegie, that are such a huge part of our local history.
I felt sorry at times for Thomas' wife, Meredith but I also felt that she got what she deserved, considering how their marriage came about. (I won't spoil the story for anyone)
I don't think I've ever read a novel set in the Steel City that was historical in nature. I've read The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh but other than that, I've not read any other books that feature Pittsburgh in such a big way and the attention to detail is wonderful here.
This story brings Pittsburgh to life in the late 1800s. Anyone from the area that appreciates local history will want to grab a copy, and even if you aren't, it is an excellent read that will leave you begging for more.
Rating: 5 flowers + 5 flowers + 5 flowers (YES I LOVED THIS BOOK)
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.
For more information visit Jeanette Watt's website, and follow the Wealth and Privilege Facebook Page.
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