A Lady of Good Family (Paperback)

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February. A romantic getaway perhaps? Come along on a Gilded Age European tour that gives you gardens, Italy, literary greats Edith Wharton and Henry James, and introduces you to Beatrix Farrand. The fiction is made more interesting by knowing theat Beatrix really was one of the first female landscape architects and happened to be Wharton's niece. This light, breezy historical novel provides interesting characters with a touch of the mystical. Its garden descriptions will tide you over till spring. And there just may be something spooky about Amerigo Massimo. Ciao!

— margaret


From the author of The Beautiful American comes a richly imagined, beautifully written novel about historical figure Beatrix Farrand, one of the first female landscape architects.

Raised among wealth and privilege during America's fabled Gilded Age, a niece of famous novelist Edith Wharton and a friend to literary great Henry James, Beatrix Farrand is expected to marry, and marry well. But as a young woman traveling through Europe with her mother and aunt, she already knows that gardens are her true passion.

How this highborn woman with unconventional views escapes the dictates of society to become the most celebrated female landscape designer in the country is the story of her unique determination to create beauty and serenity while remaining true to herself.

Beatrix's journey begins at the age of twenty-three in the Borghese Gardens of Rome, where she meets beguiling Amerigo Massimo, an Italian gentleman of sensitivity and charm--a man unlike any she has known before....

About the Author

Jeanne Mackin is an award-winning author of historical novels, including The Beautiful American, The Frenchwoman, The Sweet By and By, Dreams of Empire, Queen's War, and A Lady of Good Family. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with her husband, artist Steve Poleskie.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780451465832
ISBN-10: 0451465830
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English