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Joy JordanLake, author of “Under A Gilded Moon” has written a captivating, enthralling, intriguing, intense and amazing novel The genres for this novel are historical fiction, and fiction The timeline for this novel is around 1895, and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events The location for this story is mostly set in North Carolina, I love the way that Joy JordanLake vividly describes the characters, the settings, and the events The author describes her dramatic and colorful characters as complex and complicated The characters, settings, and events show comparisons and contrasts of rich vs.poor classes, good vs evil, educated vs ignorant, loyalty vs betrayal, people that abide by the law, and criminals, and hate vs love There are some characters that have tremendous hatred and feel they have the perfect solution.Kerry MacGregor has had the wonderful opportunity to attend an exclusive college in New York when she is called back to North Carolina when her father is ailing Kerry has had the taste of a higher society than the cabin she grew up in North Carolina Kerry also has ambivalent feelings about her father Kerry is headed back home and has no idea what troubles await her.On the train, Kerry meets some unusual characters, as she connects with her aunt and her twin brother and sister It seems the properties where Kerry and her family and other families have lived for years are threatened by the Bilt House or Mansion that is being built in North Carolina by the Vanderbilts Kerry also is aware she will have to find some type of work to be able to survive, take care of her father and siblings.This is such a suspenseful and pageturning novel There are twists and turns, danger and murder I highly recommend this thoughtprovoking and memorable novel and would love to see this made into a screenplay and movie. Intricately woven and meticulously researched —Joy JordanLake's upcoming UNDER A GILDED MOON is a perfect blending of fact and fiction Rich in history, detail, and character, if you love Asheville, NC, and the Bilt Estate as much as I do, you will love this one! Joy JordanLake is a master storyteller Stay tuned for my upcoming QA Elevator Ride Interview with Joy December 1 and get the exclusives behind the book andabout this talented author Full review coming! In the meantime, you must read A Tangled Mercy (5 stars) and I am currently listening to Blue Hole Back Home which I missed when it came out! (so good). Reading this beautiful historical fiction novel that blends fact and fiction so seamlessly, brought me back to the time when I visited the Bilt Estate in Asheville, N.C Joy JordanLake wrote about the Vanderbilts and their iconic Bilt House in a well researched novel that encompass social and economic structures, a family of privilege, the American Royalty, and the greed and power JordanLake crafts a story so intriguing and exciting while weaving together the stories about people from different classes and walks of life as they are put against each other In this gorgeous story set against the backdrop of the North Carolina mountains, we read a story of the Appalachians versus the Blue Ridge, and whose dreams and determination will win over power and greed I highly recommend this book! Who doesn't love Bilt House and Asheville, N.C.? I love Joy JordanLake's take on what may have happened in the world of George Vanderbilt and those around him during the building of this nowiconic mansion UNDER A GILDED MOON is historical fiction at its finest, full of international intrigue, mystery, and of course, romance! The story has the feel of Downton Abbey, with all the relationships love, hate and in between of the upstairs and downstairs characters, all wrapped up in exciting (and sometimes heartbreaking) adventures of the time The interweaving of stories from both ends of the economic and social spectrum make for a thoughtful look at the whole process I loved having these characters and this beautiful setting to come back to each day, and I was sad when I had to say goodbye to them at the end I highly recommend you read this book then you're going to want to head to the mountains of North Carolina. UNDER A GILDED MOON, a historical mystery about the Bilt Estate, had me hooked from the first chapter! I loved the development of the characters and the description of the area; and the suspense builds and draws you in as the plot unfolds I learned so much about the history of the building of Bilt Estate, but it didn't feel like history it felt like I was really there! Now I can't wait to make another visit to Bilt and relive the story I highly recommend this book! It's a treasure!!! I’ve always been fascinated with the exorbitantly wealthy families in history (I find them to be muchinteresting than today’s rich and famous.), so that was the first draw for me Add to that a murder mystery and a unique cast of characters with spunky personalities, and this book had me hooked I lost track of how many times I googled different aspects of this story to satiate my curiosity Joy JordanLake did a fantastic job with this book I learned a lot about a time and place I was previously unfamiliar with, and she kept me completely engaged I experienced a myriad of emotions as everything played out and the different characters made their intentions known It was definitely a case of not realizing how much I needed this particular reading experience in my life until I was fully submerged within it. Releases 01.12.2020✨Elegantly written and expertly crafted, Under A Gilded Moon soars as high as any piece of literature can reach You're transported to a time and place in history that begs [to be] read late into the night. ✨Under A Gilded Moon: a novel 409 pages; 59 chapters Genre: historical fiction @lakeunionpublishing@joyjordonlakeJoy JordanLake is the author of eight books, including A Tangled Mercy, a #1bestseller and also an Editors’ Choice recipient from the Historical Novel Society; Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award for First Novel✨Bilt House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Bilt Estate But somethingpowerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one,outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.Speak less than thou knowestLend less thou knowest📌The story dates back to October 1895.It talks about a family's journey to forgiveness, Bilt Estate, Kerry's dilemma, her duty towards her family (father siblings) , forgiving her father for what their life could have been, a teacher's concern care for her student and how your roots always pull you towards them 📌What did I learn? ✨You don't turn your back on family, no matter what ✨Change is an inevitable part of life 📌What to look forward in the book? ✨a no of CHARACTERS are BASED ON ACTUAL PEOPLE, even the Saint Bernard is also BASED ON A HISTORICAL CANINE ✨there's a section on HISTORICAL NOTES ✨there are BOOK CLUB discussion ques.s✨beautiful storytelling skills✨you actually go back to that era✨very detailed descriptive narration ✨a bit lengthy, with a moderate pace ✨Crawdads meets the Crawleys in JordanLake's latest, where she offers up a powerful location in the Bilt House of Asheville, North Carolina Pitting rugged locals against Gilded Age interlopers and threaded throughout with a meticulously researched, wellcrafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best. #noorthebookwormreviews#underagildedmoon “Upstairs, Downstairs” meets “Downton Abbey” with a not quite successful side of “Where the Crawdads Sing”Joy JordanLake is a consummate professional and it’s obvious in her new book, “Under a Gilded Moon” It might be best to categorize this title as historical FACTion/mystery There’s quite a bit of “real” tucked away in this substantial story Ms JordanLake has included a chapter at the end of the book that details many of the factual historical characters, (human and canine!), as well as making note of interesting landmarks and addresses History aficionados might find an enhanced reading experience by reading this chapter PRIOR to reading the story.Pacing in this story is going to be an issue for folks, I think It’s not exactly South Georgia slow, but it’s not north of the Mason Dixon Line speed, either! It’s for sure, lazy summer day, southern fiction Besides the pacing, the prose has moments of rich, descriptive lushness that approach atmospheric, but falls just short.Characters and dialogue will keep you entertained! I tho’t the southernisms were very well done and accurate, at least as far as my southern family members and their speech is concerned You’ll also have an opportunity to dust off your French 101 and Italian 101 a bit of culture and a few really great characters Dialogue is the driving force in this book and is what propels the story For the most part, it’s clean There are a few soft expletives but nothing gratuitous or shocking.Mystery solving is a family affair for Kerry She’s trying to protect her family’s land, care for her father and siblings and protect her own interests and goals all while under the restrictions of socioeconomic classification, a murder investigation, and her own, yettobediscovered family secrets The mystery elements are not robust but have just enough entanglement to keep most readers engaged, but hardcore mystery, this ain’t!“Under a Gilded Moon” is a journey for main character Kerry and the readers Topics include: family over self, wealth vs poverty, to forgive, forget or both, men vs women (this is turn of 20th century!) and manyconversation worthy themes This book is perfection for book clubs!It’s a little bit incongruous, but my favorite line from this book is a short one that Kerry learned from one of her teachers: “Books will remind you, you can make of your life what you want it to be.” That’s the VERY tiny version of what happens in this one📚 From the bestselling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Bilt HouseBilt House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadowKerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Bilt Estate But something powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the localsAs Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it Lyrical Descriptions, But…I liked, for the most part (as some prose bordered on purple), how the author described settings and surroundings She made places come alive, creating images with words that easily translated into something you could see in your mind's eye In terms of characterization, though, I thought most seemed to be stereotypes of class and station rather than fully realized characters While the book has touches of intrigue and romance, it comes acrossas a study of social structures based on money and opportunity The “Haves” of this book are the Vanderbilt family and their friends, and the “Have Nots” seem to be everyone else! The book certainly shows what the top 1% of the turn of the previous century could make happen; their wishes became reality, no matter the consequences that those changes made for others They turned this area, through sheer will and scads of money, into precisely what they wanted, not caring about the locals whatsoever or what they thought of this plan It certainly does make you think of parallels between then and now, how the rich or powerful so often get their way, claiming to do what is good for all while truly thinking of what is best for themselves only Unfortunately, the author seems to assume that we have a good general knowledge of the Vanderbilt family history, so it felt like there were holes in places that made certain parts of the story not flow logically By the way, the author does include extensive historical notes in the back, especially explaining what is real and what is fictionalized While I enjoyed the author's depictions of place and time, I felt like both character and plot were not up to the same par.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.