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"Packed with intrigue, textured world-building, and the fascinating rise of the women's rights movement, GILDED DREAMS is a hit!" -Heather Webb, USA Today Bestselling Author From the bestselling author of GILDED SUMMERS comes a powerful novel of the last eight years of the American Women’s fight for suffrage. The battle for the vote is on fire in America. The powerful and ric "Packed with intrigue, textured world-building, and the fascinating rise of the women's rights movement, GILDED DREAMS is a hit!" -Heather Webb, USA Today Bestselling Author From the bestselling author of GILDED SUMMERS comes a powerful novel of the last eight years of the American Women’s fight for suffrage. The battle for the vote is on fire in America. The powerful and rich women of Newport, Rhode Island, are not only some of the most involved suffragettes, their wealth - especially that of the indomitable Alva Vanderbilt Belmont - nearly single-handedly funded the major suffrage parties. Yet they have been left out of history, tossed aside as mere socialites. In GILDED DREAMS, they reclaim their rightful place in history. Pearl and Ginevra (GILDED SUMMERS) are two of its most ardent warriors. College graduates, professional women, wives, and mothers, these progressive women have fought their way through some of life’s harshest challenges, yet they survived, yet they thrive. Now they set their sights on the vote, the epitome of all they have struggled for, the embodiment of their dreams. From the sinking of the Titanic, through World War 1, Pearl and Ginevra are once more put to the test as they fight against politics, outdated beliefs, and the most cutting opponent of all... other women. Yet they will not rest until their voices are heard, until they - and all the women of America - are allowed to cast their vote. But to gain it, they must overcome yet more obstacles, some that put their very lives in danger. An emotional and empowering journey, GILDED DREAMS is a historical, action-packed love letter to the women who fought so hard for all women who stand on the shoulders of their triumph.


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"Packed with intrigue, textured world-building, and the fascinating rise of the women's rights movement, GILDED DREAMS is a hit!" -Heather Webb, USA Today Bestselling Author From the bestselling author of GILDED SUMMERS comes a powerful novel of the last eight years of the American Women’s fight for suffrage. The battle for the vote is on fire in America. The powerful and ric "Packed with intrigue, textured world-building, and the fascinating rise of the women's rights movement, GILDED DREAMS is a hit!" -Heather Webb, USA Today Bestselling Author From the bestselling author of GILDED SUMMERS comes a powerful novel of the last eight years of the American Women’s fight for suffrage. The battle for the vote is on fire in America. The powerful and rich women of Newport, Rhode Island, are not only some of the most involved suffragettes, their wealth - especially that of the indomitable Alva Vanderbilt Belmont - nearly single-handedly funded the major suffrage parties. Yet they have been left out of history, tossed aside as mere socialites. In GILDED DREAMS, they reclaim their rightful place in history. Pearl and Ginevra (GILDED SUMMERS) are two of its most ardent warriors. College graduates, professional women, wives, and mothers, these progressive women have fought their way through some of life’s harshest challenges, yet they survived, yet they thrive. Now they set their sights on the vote, the epitome of all they have struggled for, the embodiment of their dreams. From the sinking of the Titanic, through World War 1, Pearl and Ginevra are once more put to the test as they fight against politics, outdated beliefs, and the most cutting opponent of all... other women. Yet they will not rest until their voices are heard, until they - and all the women of America - are allowed to cast their vote. But to gain it, they must overcome yet more obstacles, some that put their very lives in danger. An emotional and empowering journey, GILDED DREAMS is a historical, action-packed love letter to the women who fought so hard for all women who stand on the shoulders of their triumph.

48 review for Gilded Dreams

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie Z. Johansen

    Excellent! Excellent reading with a focus on the Suffragette period. Characters so well drawn and so much of this book is based on fact that it is a delight to read. I did not want to pit it down!

  2. 4 out of 5

    James Michael

    The quintessential book for 2020...the year marking the 100th anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote. There is so much to learn from here, yet it is a remarkably crafted work of fiction as well; the perfect melding of the historical and the fictional. Endearing characters, action-packed, beautiful prose and vivid descriptions, a joyfully tearful ending. GILDED DREAMS has it all!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Gilded Dreams is the second book featuring two friends, Pearl and Ginevra and their two different worlds. They have been through so much together – I did not have the honor of reading Gilded Summers but Ms. Russo Morin does an excellent job of weaving in the salient details so that this book stands alone quite well. As I always note though, books in a series are always richer for reading all the books. This book takes place during the last 8 years of the fight for women’s suffrage but it begins Gilded Dreams is the second book featuring two friends, Pearl and Ginevra and their two different worlds. They have been through so much together – I did not have the honor of reading Gilded Summers but Ms. Russo Morin does an excellent job of weaving in the salient details so that this book stands alone quite well. As I always note though, books in a series are always richer for reading all the books. This book takes place during the last 8 years of the fight for women’s suffrage but it begins with the sinking of the Titanic. The impact of that tragedy on the residents of Newport, RI, was truly devastating as many of the well to do had their “cottages” there. The scenes surrounding that event are horrifying and heartrending. The ramifications for Pearl as she loses her family help to showcase some of the reasons that women were fighting so hard for their rights, culminating in the right to vote so as to be able to install legislators to promote their causes. (No comment on how far we have come and how far we still have to go.) Both women are very compelling as characters each representing a very different demographic in the fight for women’s rights. Pearl is a child of privilege and Ginevra is an immigrant who has worked hard, gotten an education and overcome some trauma to find herself happily married and best friends with Pearl. The hows and whys of that friendship are detailed in Gilded Summers. As Ginevra supports Pearl through her loss the two join a suffragette group and work to recruit others to the cause. This effort is supported by their husbands but not always by the other people in their social circles. As the fight for the right to vote for women reaches a boiling point these two friends are right in the midst of the battle. People against their efforts resort to deeply personal attacks against them but I’m not giving any spoilers by telling you that women are given the right to vote. The celebration of the ratification of the 19th amendment is approaching; the 90th anniversary is 8/18/20. It’s thanks to the real women who inspired the fictional characters and the actual suffragettes featured that women are no longer just their father’s daughter or their husband’s wife. A woman can own property in her own right and she can vote. The fight was a hard one and reading out the efforts to stop it is both discouraging and horrifying. These women were beaten, jailed and treated like less than just for seeking to better themselves. Ms. Russo Morin brings the period to vivid life with two very rich characters to tell her tale. It’s a page turner of a book and a story that should be read and needs to be told for so many are unaware the battle. Not to mention there is still a long way to go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Viviane Crystal

    For the last eight years, the women’s rights movement for suffrage is raging. Donna Russo Morin brings us into Pearl’s Newport world. Beginning with a terrible tragedy, Pearl loses her father on the Titanic. That awful event brings the reader to the event as she is forced to identify her father, the last member of her family, and the horrors she has to experience. That loss makes her realize that she has lost everything as her husband inherits everything. She can inherit nothing as she’s a woman For the last eight years, the women’s rights movement for suffrage is raging. Donna Russo Morin brings us into Pearl’s Newport world. Beginning with a terrible tragedy, Pearl loses her father on the Titanic. That awful event brings the reader to the event as she is forced to identify her father, the last member of her family, and the horrors she has to experience. That loss makes her realize that she has lost everything as her husband inherits everything. She can inherit nothing as she’s a woman. It is here that she sees the need for a women’s rights law. She finds her world as a novice suffragette as she meets the women involved in this far off fight. She continues to forge on, being a mother of two and drawing fashion and agreeing to do little things at the Newport level. She and Ginerva are together through the thick and thin of it all. WWI is begun and she is separated from her beloved husband, Peter. The hero he was emerges as she hears of his heroic action which saved the lives of hundreds. Her world dissolves with the death of Peter and we experience it with Pearl. A crisis develops and she must come up with the will of Peter which she does after much searching and worrying. Who will inherit in this mess when a wife cannot inherit anything? The world is winding up the war. During this time we meet the other upper echeleon of women’s rights supporters, such as the Lady Astor Brooke, whom Pearl supports. Night and day is the picture of this lady. Late in the novel, Pearl and Ginerva become opponents. This is totally unexpected and shocks readers but doesn’t prevent the goal of achieving women’s rights which are signed into law. There are dozens of pages in which supporters help Pearl become the women she rises as she rises from little known Pearl to the leader of the campaign. She is a woman who reads a great deal and is a wise leader in sharing her knowledge. Donna Russo Morin is great writer who has done her research well and presented a lively and dynamic story. This is historical fiction at its highest and all should enjoy the story!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Stockard Miller (True Book Addict)

    As our country continues to fight for equality and equal justice for all people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, a book like this serves as a beacon of hope of what could be. The characters I so loved in Gilded Summers come to life with even more purpose in Gilded Dreams. This time it's not just a fight for their own individuality. It's a fight for all women to have a say in the laws of the land, and those who make them, by earning the right to vote. It was a long, hard fight. As our country continues to fight for equality and equal justice for all people, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, a book like this serves as a beacon of hope of what could be. The characters I so loved in Gilded Summers come to life with even more purpose in Gilded Dreams. This time it's not just a fight for their own individuality. It's a fight for all women to have a say in the laws of the land, and those who make them, by earning the right to vote. It was a long, hard fight...one which Pearl and Ginevra joined close to the culmination of its victory, but no less hard fought by these two extraordinary and strong women. The incorporation of the historical figures and events which occurred during the long fight for women's suffrage made this novel a riveting read. The tragedy within, the sad aftermath of the Titanic disaster, the terrible reality of the Great War, the Night of Terror, all brought a sense of poignancy to the story as each touched the lives of the characters. This sequel was meant to be written. I hope women, and men, will read this book to honor the hard work of our forebears. Only through the continued interest of artists who choose to depict these important historical events will they ever remain a reminder of what was fought for and won. I, for one, am honored to be a woman who is allowed to vote because of these women who went before, and on August 18, 2020, I will proudly wear the gold, white, and purple colors. I received this book free of charge from the author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Blake

    Rhode Island author Donna Russo Morin’s historical fiction novel, “Gilded Dreams,” could not be more timely. Coming on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote, this gem of a novel puts the fight for women’s suffrage in personal times. At the same time, it is a story of two women from different social classes who form a bond that endures through times of loss, violence, and national upheaval. Its setting, in Newport, Rhode Rhode Island author Donna Russo Morin’s historical fiction novel, “Gilded Dreams,” could not be more timely. Coming on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote, this gem of a novel puts the fight for women’s suffrage in personal times. At the same time, it is a story of two women from different social classes who form a bond that endures through times of loss, violence, and national upheaval. Its setting, in Newport, Rhode Island, gives the story a dimension that contrasts the wealth of families in this summer playground with the dire struggles of women who were often consigned to poverty upon the death of a spouse. The story begins in April of 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic in the frigid north Atlantic. Socialite Pearl Worthington Wright lost both her parents, who were aboard the ship. Adding to her grief, Pearl later learns from the reading of the will that all her family’s wealth and property will go to her husband, Peter, who married into the family, and not to her. This gross unfairness ignites a flame in Pearl, who shares her feelings of outrage with her best friend and confidante, Ginevra, an Italian immigrant and naturalized citizen. Pearl and Ginevra find a kindred partner in powerful Newport socialite Alma Vanderbilt Belmont, who actually was a leader of the suffrage movement and not a fictional character. One of the most vivid and powerful character in the novel, Alma is a formidable force for the women’s suffrage movement. They met when Alva was consoling Pearl for the loss of her parents. Alva invited Pearl and Ginevra to a suffrage meeting in Newport. Their meeting with Alva changes the course of their lives. Pearl and Ginevra devote the next eight years to advance the movement to gain passage of the women’s suffrage amendment. Morin’s novel reminds us all that the right to vote, like the fight for equal justice, is one that was hard earned in the face of prejudice and violence. Pearl and Ginevra encounter stiff resistance in the form of the “antis,” men and women who push back on the suffrage movement. The story moves through World War I and the Night of Terror, when women’s suffrage protesters were jailed and subjected to cruel treatment. Gilded Dreams was published as America prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment on Aug. 18, 2020. At a time when the quest for racial justice and equal rights for people of color has boiled over in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and other Blacks, Gilded Dreams reminds us that the struggle for equal rights has existed throughout our nation’s history.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsie

    This novel follows Pearl and Ginevra, as they fight for women's rights and suffrage during the years of the sinking of the Titanic and WWI. WWI is when women really proved their abilities to do a man's job, while the men were off fighting in the war, after the US had entered it. Pearl, sadly lost her family in the sinking of the Titanic. She is the only surviving member, and quickly learns from the lawyer that she is not entitled to any of the inheritance left. It will go to her husband, all of i This novel follows Pearl and Ginevra, as they fight for women's rights and suffrage during the years of the sinking of the Titanic and WWI. WWI is when women really proved their abilities to do a man's job, while the men were off fighting in the war, after the US had entered it. Pearl, sadly lost her family in the sinking of the Titanic. She is the only surviving member, and quickly learns from the lawyer that she is not entitled to any of the inheritance left. It will go to her husband, all of it. No female can take an inheritance, and their daughter is not yet old enough to inherit anything either. Thankfully her husband is one of a kind during this time, and the two are partners - he does not look at her as property.  Pearl and Ginevra, after finding this truth out, decide that change needs to come. How is this fair at all? Just the person is holding a meeting, at the right time and they soon get involved with the suffrage events that the Alva Vanderbilt Belmont has been doing. They are tasked with scouring the town to get other women to join. The more members they have, the more they can do. The more noise they can make. WWI breaks out, and not too long after the US has joined. This has turned the tables with the suffragettes, in that they are now filling in the men's roles as they are off to war. So not only are they having to handle the household and children, they need to do all they can for the war. Not only does this help them, but the president himself has even spoken about women and them having more rights. Everything Pearl and Ginevra has not been in vain, although it feels that often they take a step forward and then two steps back. The two, every prevailing do make headway in recruiting new women and even a few men to also then back their wives in this fight for more rights and the ability to vote.  This was a good read about suffragettes, and the struggle women had back then to be their own person and have rights with out the man's say so. It was interesting to read about how WWI did kind of change the outlook of women's roles and helped in a way propel the change of minds of many to look at women as not just a child bearer and property.  Thank you to the author, and HFVBT for the invite to the tour, and sending me a free book! I enjoyed reading about these two ladies, and all of the groundwork they laid out for us to have gotten where we are with women having rights, the ability to vote and be a persons ourselves. 

  8. 4 out of 5

    gwendalyn _books_

    Gilded Dreams by Donna Russo Martin
The Journey to Suffrage Gilded Summers (Newport's Gilded Age Book 1) Gilded Dreams Newport’s Gilded Age Book 2 The Fight for The suffrage rights of women, 
the battle to have our voices heard, began in earnest on July 19, 1848. 
It would be a 72 year journey.
This is the tale of the last eight years. 
-Donna Russo Martin Gilded Dreams is the perfect book to read as America prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment Gilded Dreams by Donna Russo Martin
The Journey to Suffrage Gilded Summers (Newport's Gilded Age Book 1) Gilded Dreams Newport’s Gilded Age Book 2 The Fight for The suffrage rights of women, 
the battle to have our voices heard, began in earnest on July 19, 1848. 
It would be a 72 year journey.
This is the tale of the last eight years. 
-Donna Russo Martin Gilded Dreams is the perfect book to read as America prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment on Aug. 18, 2020. This second installment in Newport’s Gilded Age Series. From the previous book the Gilded Summers, we met Ginevra, who immigrated from Italy, and Pearl, a debutante’s daughter. The story opens up with the devastating news of the sinking of the Titanic, April of 1912. Socialite Pearl Worthington Wright entire family was among the long list of souls lost aboard the ocean liner called the “Unsinkable Ship” Pearl’s heartbreak is deep, especially since she had not reconciled with her mother. Upon the reading of her parents will, some key information comes to light. Questioning everything, Pearl and those around her are caught off guard when she is notified that since she was a married woman the laws about inheritance did not allow married women to have control over their estates. This means that all money and property goes into your husband’s hands to do as he sees fit, which is to say once you are married you become invisible. This strikes a cord deep within Pearl. With a determined mind Pearl, along with her dearest friend Ginevra, seek to learn more about the gross injustice that is leaved on women. In a late fall day they take a brave step, and attend one of Ava Alma Vanderbilt Belmont, suffrage meetings. This powerful Newport socialite Alma Vanderbilt Belmont, was one the driving forces in the suffrage movement in Newport. With her money and status she was a force to be reckoned with. This meeting that Pearl and Ginevra attend ignites a fire that takes the two friends and those fighting the good fight as they meet head on the resistance from the ”Antis” who stone-walled the movement given every when chance they can. The “Antis”movement also included the very woman that would eventually come to benefit when given the the right to vote. As the story unfolds it takes the friends and movement through the devastating WW1, where woman began to fill the roles that once where held by men. Still they are not given a voice, but continue unrelenting to protest and demand equality. Even to the point of violence and horrible mistreatment the protesters endure as they are jailed and beat during the Night of Terror. An impeccable historical fiction that will ultimately transports he reader to a middle of pivotal time in history. Seamless narration that gives the reader two distinctive points of view. Wonderful character development and vibrant historical imagery. The pace flows perfectly and the historical people along with the author imaginative characters are stunningly portrayed. An inspiring story that reminds us that the ability to vote as women was a fight for many long years. That came from those individuals who had the unwavering courage to make a stance against inequality. Through their voices and blood and tears we are able to stand up and cast a vote. As women we are not invisible, we have a voice. This is incredible moving thought provoking book, that reminds us that the ability to vote as women was a fight of blood and tears form many years. This book reminds us to look how far we have come and how far we still need to go for justice.

  9. 5 out of 5

    AnnB

    Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this wonderful work. Though it's heroines are those from the author's previous Newport Gilded Age work, GILDED SUMMERS, this one easily stands on its own. Through Pearl and Ginevra's experiences, we are taken on the tumultuous and treacherous last eight years of the battle for American women suffrage. Once again, Russo Morin astounds with characters so real the reader is immediately invested in their lives...rich an Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this wonderful work. Though it's heroines are those from the author's previous Newport Gilded Age work, GILDED SUMMERS, this one easily stands on its own. Through Pearl and Ginevra's experiences, we are taken on the tumultuous and treacherous last eight years of the battle for American women suffrage. Once again, Russo Morin astounds with characters so real the reader is immediately invested in their lives...rich and wonderful and traumatic lives. Her descriptions are so deftly woven into the narrative she transports us to time and place with ease. And her impeccable research enlightens with details of the suffrage fight that are simply astounding and perfectly portrayed. A great work all women (and men) should read for its insightful entertainment and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote this year. A fantastic read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Viviana

    Eye-opening and remarkably gripping. I'm ashamed to admit how woefully uninformed about what American suffragettes went through to get us the vote. This book not only opened my eyes to the truth, but its intriguing, fast pace also had me turning pages long into the night. A MUST READ for women in this 100th anniversary year of the 19th amendment; a must-read for anyone interested in this period and all its incredible events...the sinking of the titanic, WW1, suffrage, and so much more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angelie

    Many thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read this book pre-release. Many, many thanks to the author for writing this beautiful story, for bringing so much about the American woman's struggle for the right to vote wrapped up in this tender, exciting, heart-touching story. I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I cheered. Everything you want in an empowering women's tale.

  12. 5 out of 5

    OH

    So good, I took a vacation day to stay home and finish it. Wonderful characters, fantastic world-building, and an action-packed tale that is awesome. Definitely a must-read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Henri

    Great read. So glad I was picked as an 'early reader.' Well crafted, full of startling true events yet the accompanying fictional plotline worked perfectly through them all. Really well done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate Eminhizer

    I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. The story is both gripping and emotionally charged throughout. It can be read without having read the first in the series, Gilded Summers. However readers will definitely want to read the first simply due to the quality of writing. Two friends from very different backgrounds show us what it means to do what is right and fight for what you believe in. This book exemplifies how one can be a supportive and loving person while a I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. The story is both gripping and emotionally charged throughout. It can be read without having read the first in the series, Gilded Summers. However readers will definitely want to read the first simply due to the quality of writing. Two friends from very different backgrounds show us what it means to do what is right and fight for what you believe in. This book exemplifies how one can be a supportive and loving person while also being a steward for change against a discriminatory status quo. As the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, stories such as these need to be written and shared with the world so that no one dismisses the efforts and sacrifices those trailblazers made. Morin does us a service by providing such a wonderful tribute to those women.

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