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As gripping as the best historical novel, Sisters of Fortune is the story of the exuberant Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily Caton, the American sisters who enthralled the highest levels of English Regency society decades before the notorious Dollar Princesses of the Victorian era The Caton sisters were descended from prominent first settlers of Maryland, brought up by thAs gripping as the best historical novel, Sisters of Fortune is the story of the exuberant Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily Caton, the American sisters who enthralled the highest levels of English Regency society decades before the notorious Dollar Princesses of the Victorian era The Caton sisters were descended from prominent first settlers of Maryland, brought up by their wealthy grandfather Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, and were expected to marry a plantation Instead, their grandfather made sure that they were well educated, raising four beautiful and charming young women who were unusually independent, intelligent, fascinated by politics, clever with money, and very romantic Arriving in Britain, the Caton sisters swept into the set of the Duke of Wellington and went on to forge their own destinies in the face of intense prejudice against Americans and Catholics After capturing the heart of the Duke of Wellington, who could never marry her, Marianne shocked the world by marrying his brother Richard, Marquess Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and taking a prominent place as a Catholic Yankee among the Protestant Anglo Irish Emily married Scots Canadian John McTavish, heir to Montreal s North West Company, and stayed home in Maryland, where she managed the family s estates and wealth Louisa became the Duchess of Leeds and a member of Queen Victoria s court, while Bess made a fortune speculating in the stock market Based on the sisters intimate, unpublished letters and lavishly illustrated, Sisters of Fortune is a portrait of four lively and opinionated women, much of it told in their own voices as they gossip about prominent people of their time, advise family members on political and financial strategy, soothe each other s sorrows, and rejoice in each other s triumphs It is also a meticulously researched history of Anglo American relations and the political, financial, and social world of the nineteenth century From post revolutionary America s White House and wealthiest plantations to Europe s rarefied world of titled aristocracy, the story of Maryland s Caton sisters is a stunning work of scholarship that is intimate in tone, sweeping in scope, and as compelling as any novel.
  • Title: Sisters of Fortune: America’s Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad
  • Author: Jehanne Wake
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  • Page: 192
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BAM The Bibliomaniac Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
I found the writing a bit bland. The majority of the book was based upon written correspondence; they were a rather lackluster family. Either that or the author made them sound that way. This book would be an excellent resource for those studying real estate in the United States of the 1770s-1860s, the stock market of the mid 1800s, or the role of Catholicism in England. Lots of info on those topics. But as a general read, I'd skip it.
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Daenerys Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Sisters of Fortunefollows the glamorous lives of three American sisters and heiresses in early 19th-century Europe, and the life of their somewhat less glamorous youngest sister Emily who decided to stay at home and have four children instead. The Carroll Caton sisters came from an unusual family in that thanks to the influence of their grandfather (one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence) they were encouraged to marry for love and had substantial personal fortunes which w [...]
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Carol Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
I really wish there were half stars! This was four and a half stars. I rounded up because it is one of the very best non-fiction works I have ever read. I gave it four and a half because towards the end, it loses focus on the women and concentrates on the political and financial upheavals of England, Europe and America. Granted these things are important and I didn't mind the extra history lesson, but the true glory of the book is the women and their stories. It is not an easy, breezy read; alth [...]
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Jossalyn Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
for Jane Austen bookclub; this was an interesting peek into the predecessors of the later Buccaneers, especially with the current Masterpiece theater production of Victoria on.
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Jenny Yates Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
This is a biography of the four Caton sisters, granddaughters of Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The four women lived at an exciting time, at the beginnings of the republic. They were wealthy and well-connected, and managed to retain ownership of their money at a time when that was rare for women. And three of them also spent half their lives in England, and were woven into the many political disputes of the early 19th century there.So there’s a lot goin [...]
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Caroline Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I could scarcely put it down, which is an achievement indeed for a non-fiction book. It documents the lives of the first of what later became known as the 'dollar princesses', American heiresses who came to England to marry into the titled nobility. Although that's perhaps unfair to the Carroll sisters, as that was never their aim, as it was with later woman such as Jennie Churchill, for example.They were born into a wealthy 'aristocratic' Maryland family - their [...]
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Diane Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
While I greatly anticipated enjoying this book, I found it dull and dry. Reading five pages felt like reading 50. I did not want to stop reading but there are too many good history books to be read to waste my time reading a bad one.
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Melissa Eisenmeier Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
This was a well-written book about four sisters who lived through the War of 1812. In stock at my online storerpe-librumshopify/pro
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Kerstin Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Enjoyed the story, disappointed in the writing.
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Jennifer Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
“Remarkably quickly after their arrival, Bess and Louisa were known to be fashionable unmarried girls with a fortune who must therefore want husbands.” (page 111).If you’re a fan of Jane Austen or Edith Wharton, you’ll love this real-life story of four sisters who took England by storm in the early nineteenth century. Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily were all wealthy American heiresses raised to be educated, politically and financially savvy, fashionable, and fiercely independent, and a [...]
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Jock Mcclees Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
If you are from Maryland and like history, you will probably find this fascinating. The book gives great insights into life of the upper class during the time just before, during and after the American Revolution. It also gives a very interesting view into how women of means navigated society at the time despite having few rights.It focuses on the Carroll family which was one of the wealthiest family's in the country. As the book talks about their different homes I realized that a lot of the his [...]
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Kathy Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
This book ranks among the best biographies I have read of people living in the distant past. America's Caton sisters were royalty in Maryland and in the fledgling republic: wealthy, intelligent, educated, and beautiful; so when three of them traveled to England they took the nobility by storm. Marianne, the eldest, was beloved by the Duke of Wellington, and his sponsorship of the sisters went a long way toward their acceptance by society. Emily stayed home, married a Scotsman, and helped maintai [...]
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Donna Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Wow. What a glorious piece of research and information, about early America and Regency England. Having never heard of the Carroll Catons, I was surprised to learn what a major part they played in the forming of our country. The sisters were each very interesting, loyal to each other, leaders of society on both sides of the Atlantic. The family was exceedingly rich for the time, even for our time! I have been reading about American heiresses in England. Our library had this book, but I was hesit [...]
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Eustacia Tan Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Sisters of Fortune is the biography of the Canton sisters, the four granddaughters of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. As this implies, the girls came from an extremely privileged (and wealthy) background.Perhaps unusually, all four of them were raised to be smart, independent women. They could discuss politics, knew why they thought and believed the way they did, were money savvy (and even invested!), and they even chose who they were going t [...]
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Stacey Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
I've had this book in my To Be Read pile for some time. I finally picked it up and I'm so glad that I did!I had read a lot about the "Dollar Princesses" of the Gilded Age: American Heiresses who married into the European aristocracy (ie: Jennie Jerome, who was Winston Churchill's mother and her sisters) and saw "Downton Abbey's" Cora as an example. I had not realized that this had been going on as far back as the founding of the U.S.The Caton sister's grandfather, Charles Carrollton, was one of [...]
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Carol Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
This book is a delight. As much a page-turner as the best Regency Romance novel, it is also fascinatingly informative, and beautifully written. It is a plot twist that the bravest of Romance authors would have dared: a party of post-Revolutionary wealthy young sisters is presented to English society, and one of them because the love of the Duke of Wellington's life. Note to Georgette Heyer fans: this event takes place in the heart of that author's period, and a plethora of first-person material, [...]
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Erin Egan Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It's been awhile since I've read any king of historical biography. The only reason I picked up this book is because it is about four ladies from Maryland - my home state. But I actually really enjoyed reading this book.The book is about the four Caton sisters - granddaughters of Charles Carroll of Carrollton who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independece. The sisters grew up to a life of privilege. Three of the sisters traveled to Euro [...]
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Carolann Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
It was incredibly interesting to read through this tale, and to read of tale of women in the 1800's who thought about more than just fancy parties and pretty shoes. The Caton sisters were educated, loving, and captivating, and it was a pleasure to get to know them better. However, this novel could have benefitted from an intense editing as there were spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and the like; not to mention that while the author obviously researched this book intensely, the readers - i [...]
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Claire Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
An enjoyable and well-written account of the first of the 'dollar princesses'. Unlike some biographies of historical women this actually had enough source material to keep the focus on the sisters rather than having to broaden out into general historical fact.The Caton sisters were from a wealthy and landed American family - American aristocrats really, whose grandfather was one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence. Combined with their good looks, charm, intelligence, and fortun [...]
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Amy Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Another sister book. This time it incorporated the American Revolution, high-spirited sisters who married for love, life in England, and financially savvy women who just happened to be from a place about 20 minutes away from where I currently live. What was not for me to love? I didn't realize when I bought it that the Caton sisters were so local--their family established Catsonsville, MD, not to mention anything with the name Carroll in it (Carrollton, New Carrollton, Carroll county, etc.) I tr [...]
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Ting Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
The story of American’s fascination with the English has a long history. It wasn’t much longer after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 that Americans once again naturally were drawn to the motherland. Before the late 19th century fashion for debt-ridden British aristocrats to avidly seek out American heiresses to bolster their lifestyles the Caton sisters landed in London and made quite an impression, a very favorable impression. They proved themselves not to be unc [...]
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Jenny Brown Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
A brilliantly researched group biography that introduced me to a family of sisters whose lives spanned the early days of the American republic, with their grandfather, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence to the middle of the Victorian age. The degree to which the sisters penetrated the English aristocracy amazed me--one marrying the heir of a duke, the other the Duke of Wellington's older brother, though the author makes a good case that Wellington himself was in love with her for all hi [...]
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Michelle Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
(3.5 stars) This book details the lives of the Caton sisters, heiresses from the U.S. who made a statement in both their home country and in Europe. In the time before American heiresses went looking to “buy” titles through marriage, these young women made quite a stir in Regency England. The book chronicles their social lives, marriages, and the their deft use of the financial resources they commanded to live independent and interesting lives at a time where women rarely had control of thei [...]
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Alina García-Lapuerta Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
The story of how the American-born Caton sisters took British society by storm is a compelling read. Meticulously researched and based on the sisters' own extensive correspondence, the book paints a portrait of of a time and place when American were rarities in London and women had little control over their own fortunes. Despite these restrictions, the sisters managed to become active investors by using their connections and the information they picked up in their social settings. That's one of [...]
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Kristi Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
This is a very interesting read though very difficult to work through. The amazing lives of these sisters and the stories of their experiences in Europe are wonderful to read. It is awe-inspiring to think of this family from my hometown gaining such prestige in European aristocracy and mingling with some of the most famous and important people of that time. Even more intriguing is the life they made for themselves as women in a time when women had very little rights. They were smart and politica [...]
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Hdmsisk Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Fascinating story of four rich sisters in the mid 1700's from America, three of which live most of their lives in England and are the toast of the town. Book takes a willingness to read because the story is told in sections and memorizing the family tree helps in understanding the relationships.Two facts amazed me: They really needed to be rich because their husbands or estate laws would have left them penniless if they hadn't been and how hard love is even if you are rich and well-educated.
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Deborah Leeb Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
My friend Laura read me review from NY time (and Elyse sent it to me) what more can I want: 3 sisters, American history intersecting Regency England. Reading it on my kindle. Read the "sample" and really liked it so here I go.I finished the book and really liked it. Its non-fiction, but reads like a novel concerning the lives, loves, and finances of 4 American sisters (heiresses, doesn't hurt to have money) who go to England. They live among and marry into British aristocracy and meet all the im [...]
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Regina Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Well written story of the Grand-daughters of Charles Carroll of Maryland following their journey from Maryland and DC to England. Despite being of privileged background, they were independent and very much ahead of their time.Read this before author's presentation at a Georgetown University (founded by John Carroll) event in London. Not just for women. Anyone interested in Maryland and DC early history will enjoy it.
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Rhonda Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
Being a Baltimore resident, I found it interesting to read about some of the families who have left their mark on the area -- Carrolls, Pattersons, Caton's. However, there were so many characters in this story of the 4 sisters that the reading was somewhat slow. Lots of sources, such as correspondence, quoted. I didn't find myself caring about the sisters very much, other than out of idle curiosity, and am not sure I would have found them as interesting as the writer had hoped.
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Chris Dec 15, 2018 - 04:00 AM
I expected to like this book, and did. It did get a little dry in places. It is set in England in a time before Queen Victoria. It was interesting how easily the sisters were able to integrate into English society with just a few letters of introduction. But I suppose from there they would have had to use their wit and charm to be the successes that they were. An introduction will only get your foot in the door. After that it’s all up to you.
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