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Wealth and Privilege Paperback – December 14, 2013
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About the Author
Jeanette Watts couldn't help but notice that all romances seemed to be set in the American West or the South. A staunch Yankee girl, she asked what is unromantic about the North or the East? After living for four years in Pittsburgh, and falling deeply in love with southwestern Pennsylvania, she found it the perfect location for a love story. Besides writing, she is also a dance instructor, an inveterate seamstress, the artistic director for several dance companies, an actress, and a history buff. Wealth and Privilege took her 10 years to write, because she felt the research needed to be thorough. Everything from big events and famous people to little details like dog breeds and city names (Minneapolis residents will be pleased to see that she acknowledges that the city was called St. Anthony's Falls in 1878) have been carefully researched.
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I adored Thomas - a true gentleman possessing integrity. He's witty despite the fact he feels socially stunted. His situation is heartbreaking. The friendship he developed with Regina was well done. She is another character well elaborated by Watts. Regina is a woman clearly ahead of her time and I love how Watts stepped out of the box with her and her personality. All the characters were wonderful - motley blending nicely together.
I enjoyed the book but had issues with two items. First I felt the dialog was not fitting of the time, much to contemporary for my liking, language didn't appear late 1800's in the least. Second I was seriously disappointed with the abrupt ending. I can't imagine what Watts was thinking with such a sudden and unfinished conclusion. I felt she was exhausted and just called it quits. She created a major build up with the Johnstown Flood and poof DONE. Honestly I felt quite a bit of anger and frustration. Even if a sequel follows it won't temper my level of frustration with the poor ending in this book.
Author Watts writes a well-researched novel based on Pittsburgh history around the late 1800s with complicated and relatable characters. While character driven, the plot engaged this reader into staying up too late at night. I would recommend Wealth and Privilege by Jeanette Watts to anyone who likes a complicated character driven story with a plot designed to keep the reader involved. And to anyone who is interested in the culture and economics of Pittsburgh during the late 1800s.
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It was a great read,. The plot flows effortlessly and will keep the reader turning pages. Unpredictable up to the end.Read more