Author: Annejet Van der Zijl
Translated: Michele Hutchison
Date Started: 21/04/2019
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪
Synopsis (from GoodReads)
Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back.
From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.
I don’t usually read Biographies, but I am challenging myself to read more books from around the world (More about this in another post)
This story was so interesting, it was interesting to be able to read a story which included a lot of American History, which being British, doesn’t get taught in schools. It also shows how British and American history do overlap.
I really liked the way that Annejet Van der Zijl writes, her style is beautiful and just made reading this book so much more pleasurable.
The story contains new paper clipping and other information which ties in with everything in the story regarding Allene. She is a Woman you can admire, after everything she went through she never let anything get her down.
She is a very clever lady, who was unlucky in life but managed to keep her fortune throughout all the hard times including the American depression on Wall Street.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if Biographies are not for you.
Annejet Van der Zijl also explains at the end of the book what compelled her to write a story about Allene Tew.