First Line Fridays: “A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts” by Therese Anne Fowler

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.

Hello there! Happy Friday!

I’m running behind my October TBR, having only read one book out of the five I have set myself to read. It’s not yet quite a slump, and I have promised myself that I won’t be too hard on myself if I don’t get to fulfill by TBR, so I’m trying my hardest not to stress it out.

Anyway, I will be sharing the first few lines of my current read. It’s sort of like a fictional biography of sorts and I’m into deep with it right now.


WHEN THEY ASKED her about the Vanderbilts and Belmonts, about their celebrations and depredations, the mansions and balls, the lawsuits, the betrayals, the rifts – when they asked why she did the extreme things she’d done, Alva said it all began quite simply: Once there was a desperate young woman whose mother was dead and whose father was dying almost as quickly as his money was running out. It was 1874. Summertime. She was twenty-one years old, ripened unpicked fruit rotting on the branch.



I’m roughly at 41% into this book, I’m not exactly sure what page that would be equivalent to. It’s interesting – all the high society intrigued and all during the Gilded Age, kind of like the Great Gatsby.

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts is releasing on October 16.



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9 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts” by Therese Anne Fowler

  1. Sherrinda says:

    This book sounds fantastic. I haven’t read many books from that era. 🙂

    I’m featuring the first line from the current book I’m reading, The Unveiling by Tamara Leigh. I love medieval, especially if it a Christian book! The first line reads: “A nightmare seized him from sleep, turned around his throat, and filled his mouth so full he could not cry out.”

    It’s so good! So much action and adventure and romance. 🙂

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  2. lelandandbecky says:

    Have a good weekend! My first line is from “Somewhere Beyond the Blue: Fun sixty-something romances” – the first one is “A TIME TO PUSH DAISIES” by Marion Ueckermann:

    “Caleb Blume shuffled outside onto the wooden deck of his posh Camps Bay apartment, feeling three decades older than his sixty-two years.”


  3. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Sandra Byrd’s novel Lady of a Thousand Treasures. I’m LOVING this book. Currently, I am on chapter 10, so I will share the first line from that chapter.

    “I had no faith at all in the doctor who had been tending my uncle.”

    Hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend! 🙂❤️📚


  4. susandyer1962 says:

    Happy Friday!🎃

    My first lines come from Winter Without You by Beth Good.

    Hannah thought it looked like the saddest house in the world, a slate-roofed Cornish monolith with dark windows for eyes, looming out at them from under November rain. Did houses have feelings , though? she wondered, studying it as they drew steadily closer. Could a house emote? Or was that all in the eyes of the beholder?

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!💕📚💕


    • Rachel says:

      Haha! Yes, I saw picture of that beauty of a house. Actually, one of the things that’s keeping me from finishing this book ahead of its release is all the research I spontaneously do. It’s just so interesting! One bit would come up and here goes me going on another Google spree again. Good thing there are lots of photos of the houses and buildings the Vanderbilts built because a lot of them have been demolished now. Anyways, thanks for dropping by and happy weekend!


  5. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday! On my blog this week I shared Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst but I’m also currently reading Emerald Illusion by Jennifer Rodewald. I’m on chapter 12 so I’ll share the first line from there: “Clouds began to cloak the few stars that were determined to see light into the dreary hill country.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of reading!


  6. Paula Shreckhise says:

    I am sharing from Eternity Between Us by Stephenia McGee. I’ll give you the first line from the third chapter:
    The sound intensified, a keening wail that knifed through her very bones and caused them to quiver.
    Great Civil War book!


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