At long last, my first traditionally-published Gilded Age romance novel, The Test of Gold, releases today. First in the Hearts of Gold series, book one tells the tale of plucky Evangeline Lindenmayer. Here’s the Amazon blurb:
Raised in the shadow of a mother who defied convention, but won’t allow her own daughter the right to make the same choices, heiress Evangeline (Lindy) Lindenmayer has been groomed since childhood to marry into the British aristocracy. When Lindy decides to challenge her mother’s long-laid plans the resulting explosion is bigger than the fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge on Independence Day!
The true story of Consuelo Vanderbilt, an original “dollar princess,” inspired the plot of The Test of Gold. Consuelo’s mother, Alva Vanderbilt, forced her daughter to marry the Duke of Marlborough at eighteen. The Test of Gold takes place during the Gilded Age, a time of unparalled wealth and shocking poverty in America.
If you loved Downton Abbey, you may enjoy my Gilded Age romance novel, The Test of Gold, especially if you need a vicarious romantic escape to a different time.