In 1874, Helen and Joshua Wilcox are preparing for their two daughters to enter New York society. Helen, who comes from a wealthy family, was raised with the traditions of the upper class. Joshua was a working man when he fell in love and married Helen, much to the dismay of her mother. While men of society live off the interest of their inheritances, Joshua is striving to become a self-made man. He is developing an elevated railway in Manhattan which he believes will be in great need as people continue to move north within the city. It’s an ambitious plan with great financial risk which could put the family’s plans for their daughters' futures in jeopardy.
If you are a fan of historical fiction and enjoy stories of Old New York, Our Kind of People is going to be right up your alley. Author Carol Wallace has done an excellent job creating a real sense of the time period when the old guard had to make way for the nouveau riche. Jemima and Alice, the two Wilcox daughters, are looking for love and passion, not just a suitable man with the right pedigree. This is a thoroughly enjoyable trip back to the Gilded Age.
Carol Wallace is the author of the bestseller To Marry an English Lord, which was an inspiration for Downton Abbey.
Many thanks to Penguin Group Putnam / GP Putman’s & Sons, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this entertaining book in advance of its release.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: January 11, 2022.
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