The Wedding Veil By Kristy Woodson Harvey

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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER The New York Times bestselling author of Under the Southern Sky and the Peachtree Bluff series brings “her signature wit, charm, and heart” (Woman’s World) to this sweeping new novel following four women across generations, bound by a beautiful wedding veil and a connection to the famous Vanderbilt family.Four women. One family heirloom. A secret connection that will change their lives—and history as they know it. Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck isn’t enough to make her marriage last forever. Overwhelmed and panicked, she escapes to the Virgin Islands to clear her head. Meanwhile, her grandmother Babs is also feeling shaken. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, she decides to move out of the house they once shared and into a retirement community. Though she hopes it’s a new beginning, she does not expect to run into an old flame, dredging up the same complicated emotions she felt a lifetime ago. 1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the untimely death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own. Asheville, North Carolina has always been her safe haven away from the prying eyes of the press, but as she explores more of the rapidly changing world around her, she’s torn between upholding tradition and pursuing the exciting future that lies beyond Biltmore’s gilded gates. In the vein of Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman and Jennifer Robson’s The Gown, The Wedding Veil brings to vivid life a group of remarkable women forging their own paths—and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost to time.
What a fun and delightful read about a place worked and that I love. There is some history in the pages but fiction compliments it. Or is it fiction?

Review 4 1/2 stars-I just finished Kristy Woodson Harvey’s delightful new book, The Wedding Veil. I was so excited when she mentioned she was writing a half historical fiction book (dual timelines). And she definitely did not disappoint.The story of four generations of remarkable women was poignant and powerful. In the earlier timeline of 1898-1934, we learn the story of two women, Edith Dresser Vanderbilt and her daughter Cornelia Vanderbilt. I hadn’t know before this book that they were the family behind the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, but they were much, much more than that. We learn about the strength and generosity of these two women. Edith was tasked with running a large estate after her husband left her a young widow and mother.In the present day, we have the stories of a grandmother and granddaughter, Babs and Julia, respectively. We are first introduced to Julia when she is a runaway bride. We learn about the struggles and conflicts they have been facing. Like the Vanderbilt women in this story, they garner the strength they didn’t know they had to deal with their adversity. Julia and Babs are a great support to each other. But there may be a bigger connection between the four women than that. The wedding veil passed down from Julia’s great grandmother to her, may have ties to the Vanderbilts.I loved the relationship between Julia and Babs and the fascinating and powerful stories of these two intriguing women, Edith and Cornelia. Another wonderfully well written story by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I look forward to reading more by her but especially any historical fiction she writes in the future
The Wedding Veil by @kristywharvey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Thank you @simon.audio and @uplitreads for my #gifted audiobook and physical copy of #TheWeddingVeil : “ Four women. One family heirloom. A secret connection that will change their lives—and history as they know it. 

Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck isn’t enough to make her marriage last forever…… 1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the untimely death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own. Asheville, North Carolina has always been her safe haven away from the prying eyes of the press, but as she explores more of the rapidly changing world around her, she’s torn between upholding tradition and pursuing the exciting future that lies beyond Biltmore’s gilded gates…“ : This historical/ contemporary fiction novel is a one day page-turner kind of book. Is about about different kinds of love (maternal, paternal as a family and romantic love) and about finding yourself and your real path of happiness in life.It was a bit predictable to me but that’s didn’t stop me from finish it; still needed to know what happened with the veil.Loved the author’s notes at the end of the book it definitely gave me more perspective.Two things: everybody should have a “Babs” in their life and we must visit the Biltmore Estate. : by Shannon McManus, Janet Metzger, Rebekka Ross and Megan Tusing. The audiobook is presented with a different voice for each character and that gave the book life. I loved this narration and it was very easy to follow throughout.
What a beautiful and captivating story! I loved the duo timeline and history of the Biltmore. So much life over generations in this book and it was great!
I love the historical sequence in this book. It was truly wonderful how Kristy Woodson Harvey wove two different lives together. You feel like you know the characters personally. A really feel good read!

 

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