The Second Mrs. Astor

The Second Mrs. Astor

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Perfect for fans of Jennifer Chiaverini and Marie Benedict, this riveting novel takes you inside the scandalous courtship and catastrophic honeymoon aboard the Titanic of the most famous couple of their time—John Jacob Astor and Madeleine Force. Told in rich detail, this novel of sweeping historical fiction will stay with readers long after turning the last page.

Madeleine Talmage Force is just seventeen when she attracts the attention of John Jacob “Jack” Astor. Madeleine is beautiful, intelligent, and solidly upper-class, but the Astors are in a league apart. Jack’s mother was the Mrs. Astor, American royalty and New York’s most formidable socialite. Jack is dashing and industrious—a hero of the Spanish-American war, an inventor, and a canny businessman. Despite their twenty-nine-year age difference, and the scandal of Jack’s recent divorce, Madeleine falls headlong into love—and becomes the press’s favorite target.

On their extended honeymoon in Egypt, the newlyweds finally find a measure of peace from photographers and journalists. Madeleine feels truly alive for the first time—and is happily pregnant. The couple plans to return home in the spring of 1912, aboard an opulent new ocean liner. When the ship hits an iceberg close to midnight on April 14th, there is no immediate panic. The swift, state-of-the-art RMS Titanic seems unsinkable. As Jack helps Madeleine into a lifeboat, he assures her that he’ll see her soon in New York…

Four months later, at the Astors’ Fifth Avenue mansion, a widowed Madeleine gives birth to their son. In the wake of the disaster, the press has elevated her to the status of virtuous, tragic heroine. But Madeleine’s most important decision still lies ahead: whether to accept the role assigned to her, or carve out her own remarkable path…

Title:The Second Mrs. Astor
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781496732040
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    The Second Mrs. Astor Reviews

  • Lisa of Troy

    Who doesn't like a book about the Titanic?The Second Mrs. Astor is a work of historical fiction which focuses on Madeline Force (Astor). This piece covers the time period of Madeline's first memory of...

  • Kat Valentine

    What a awesome sneak peek! Just 4 chapters and I'm already hooked. I love anything with Titanic! And you add a great love story and I'm totally captivied. Shana Abe is a fabulous writer who's words fl...

  • Kat Valentine

    What beautiful and enchanting love story with a hauntingly tragic ending from the amazingly talented Shana Abe!! I've read many of her books but this is my new favorite. With fabulous storytelling and...

  • Joan Happel

    The Second Mrs. Astor is a fascinating work of historical fiction about the courtship, marriage, and tragic ending of Madeline Force and John Jacob Astor IV. At just seventeen, Madeline is wooed by Am...

  • Annette

    1912. Madeline Forces narrates her story to her son about the father Colonel Astor, one of the richest men in the world. Madeline at seventeen meets Colonel John Jack Astor, divorced and nearly thirty...

  • Denise

    Finally, a historical fiction book about the Titanic that didn't disappoint! I loved everything about this book, from Abe's lyrical storytelling to the vibrant descriptions of the opulent lifestyles o...

  • Mei

    Noooo... No!!! NOOOO!! Whay, oh why did I want to read this? Ah, by the way, I DNF. Yes it was so bad!The heroine was a total harebrain......was totally useless... ... without a will to do anything, a...

  • Barbi ??

    The book was okay. The writing in my opinion was weak. Too romanticized considering the heavy topic it covered. ...

  • Rachel

    The Second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abe is an excellent historical fiction novel that tells of the short, but passionate (and famous) relationship and marriage of Madeleine Force and John Jacob Astor. I re...

  • Olivia

    I have had an intense fascination about the Titanic for years and when I saw this book on Netgalley of course I had to read and review it :P I didn't quite know what to expect with this book, but it w...