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Under a Gilded Moon ➼ [Reading] ➾ Under a Gilded Moon By Joy Jordan-Lake ➱ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From the bestselling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Biltmore House

Biltmore House, From the bestselling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Bilt HouseBilt House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadowKerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after Under a ePUB í two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Bilt Estate But something powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the localsAs Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format her home to the beautiful Appalachians She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Bilt Estate But something powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the localsAs Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it."/>
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  • Under a Gilded Moon
  • Joy Jordan-Lake
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  • 03 January 2018

About the Author: Joy Jordan-Lake

Joy Jordan Lake's varied and admittedly odd professional experience has included working as a college professor, author, journalist, waitress, director of a program for homeless families, university chaplain, horseback riding instructor, free lance photographer, and the job title that remains her personal favorite head sailing instructor Born in Washington, DC Joy Jordan Lake's first vivi.



10 thoughts on “Under a Gilded Moon

  1. Erin Clemence Erin Clemence says:

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

    After two years spent in New York, trying to earn a degree, Kerry MacGregor has to put her life on hold in order to return home to care for her ailing (and estranged father). When she returns home, Kerry realizes that an heir of the Vanderbilt family has built an outrageously large estate in the mountains of her home town, and all of the properties around her are being sold to the wealthy family. Although she is desperate to remove herself from the Vanderbilt’s and their outrageous wealth, Kerry is soon left with no choice but to take a position working in their home. When a reporter is killed in a suspicious manner, Kerry begins to question everyone around her and trusts no one. How powerful is the Vanderbilt family and would they kill to protect their family secrets?

    “Under A Gilded Moon” by Joy-Jordan Lake is a historical fiction novel, although obviously some characters and elements of the plot have some basis in reality (for example, the Vanderbilts and their ridiculous estate in the Appalachian mountains, as well as George Vanderbilt’s wealthy friends, such as Madison Grant) , the novel itself is deemed to be fiction.

    Right off the bat, I felt a little lost. The story and characters lacked development, as I felt I was reading a sequel to a novel, where the background of the plot and players had been detailed in a previous novel (this was not the case) . Obviously, the Vanderbilt’s and their clan are infamous and world-renowned, but that alone did not give me enough background information on all of Lake’s characters.

    The southern feel of this novel was enjoyable (I definitely got a “Where the Crawdads Sing” vibe) , and I really did enjoy Kerry as a character (once I got to know her which, admittedly, took some time) . The novel was mostly told in chronological order, with only a few chapters highlighting a specific detail of the past for a few of the characters, but overall it had good flow.

    I am a fan of historical fiction and although this novel was “not bad”, it did not engage me as I had hoped. I would’ve liked more background development of the characters right at the beginning, but I did enjoy the ending of the story. Overall, it was a mediocre exploration of wealth, privilege, innocence and poverty, as told from both ends of the spectrum.

  2. Linda Zagon Linda Zagon says:

    WOW! Joy Jordan-Lake, author of “Under A Gilded Moon” has written a captivating, enthralling, intriguing, intense and amazing novel. The genres for this novel are historical fiction, and fiction. The timeline for this novel is around 1895, and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The location for this story is mostly set in North Carolina, I love the way that Joy Jordan-Lake vividly describes the characters, the settings, and the events. The author describes her dramatic and colorful characters as complex and complicated. The characters, settings, and events show comparisons and contrasts of rich vs.poor classes, good vs. evil, educated vs. ignorant, loyalty vs. betrayal, people that abide by the law, and criminals, and hate vs. love. There are some characters that have tremendous hatred and feel they have the perfect solution.

    Kerry MacGregor has had the wonderful opportunity to attend an exclusive college in New York when she is called back to North Carolina when her father is ailing. Kerry has had the taste of a higher society than the cabin she grew up in North Carolina. Kerry also has ambivalent feelings about her father. Kerry is headed back home and has no idea what troubles await her.

    On the train, Kerry meets some unusual characters, as she connects with her aunt and her twin brother and sister. It seems the properties where Kerry and her family and other families have lived for years are threatened by the Biltmore House or Mansion that is being built in North Carolina by the Vanderbilts. Kerry also is aware she will have to find some type of work to be able to survive, take care of her father and siblings.

    This is such a suspenseful and page-turning novel. There are twists and turns, danger and murder. I highly recommend this thought-provoking and memorable novel and would love to see this made into a screenplay and movie.

  3. Nursebookie Nursebookie says:

    Reading this beautiful historical fiction novel that blends fact and fiction so seamlessly, brought me back to the time when I visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

    Joy Jordan-Lake wrote about the Vanderbilts and their iconic Biltmore House in a well researched novel that encompass social and economic structures, a family of privilege, the American Royalty, and the greed and power.

    Jordan-Lake crafts a story so intriguing and exciting while weaving together the stories about people from different classes and walks of life as they are put against each other.

    In this gorgeous story set against the backdrop of the North Carolina mountains, we read a story of the Appalachians versus the Blue Ridge, and whose dreams and determination will win over power and greed.

    I highly recommend this book!

  4. Suzanne Craig Robertson Suzanne Craig Robertson says:

    Who doesn't love Biltmore House and Asheville, N.C.? I love Joy Jordan-Lake's take on what may have happened in the world of George Vanderbilt and those around him during the building of this now-iconic mansion. UNDER A GILDED MOON is historical fiction at its finest, full of international intrigue, mystery, and of course, romance! The story has the feel of Downton Abbey, with all the relationships -- love, hate and in between -- of the upstairs and downstairs characters, all wrapped up in exciting (and sometimes heartbreaking) adventures of the time. The interweaving of stories from both ends of the economic and social spectrum make for a thoughtful look at the whole process. I loved having these characters and this beautiful setting to come back to each day, and I was sad when I had to say goodbye to them at the end. I highly recommend you read this book -- then you're going to want to head to the mountains of North Carolina.

  5. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    Intricately woven and meticulously researched —Joy Jordan-Lake's upcoming UNDER A GILDED MOON is a perfect blending of fact and fiction. Rich in history, detail, and character, if you love Asheville, NC, and the Biltmore Estate as much as I do, you will love this one! Joy Jordan-Lake is a master storyteller.

    Stay tuned for my upcoming Q&A Elevator Ride Interview with Joy December 1 and get the exclusives behind the book and more about this talented author. Full review coming!

    In the meantime, you must read A Tangled Mercy (5 stars) and I am currently listening to Blue Hole Back Home which I missed when it came out! (so good).

  6. Amber Amber says:

    I’ve always been fascinated with the exorbitantly wealthy families in history (I find them to be much more interesting than today’s rich and famous.), so that was the first draw for me. Add to that a murder mystery and a unique cast of characters with spunky personalities, and this book had me hooked. I lost track of how many times I googled different aspects of this story to satiate my curiosity.

    Joy Jordan-Lake did a fantastic job with this book. I learned a lot about a time and place I was previously unfamiliar with, and she kept me completely engaged. I experienced a myriad of emotions as everything played out and the different characters made their intentions known. It was definitely a case of not realizing how much I needed this particular reading experience in my life until I was fully submerged within it.

  7. Diane Diane says:

    UNDER A GILDED MOON, a historical mystery about the Biltmore Estate, had me hooked from the first chapter! I loved the development of the characters and the description of the area; and the suspense builds and draws you in as the plot unfolds. I learned so much about the history of the building of Biltmore Estate, but it didn't feel like history - it felt like I was really there! Now I can't wait to make another visit to Biltmore and relive the story. I highly recommend this book! It's a treasure!!!

  8. noorthebookworm noorthebookworm says:

    Releases- 01.12.2020

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    ✨Elegantly written and expertly crafted, Under A Gilded Moon soars as high as any piece of literature can reach.
    You're transported to a time and place in history that begs [to be] read late into the night. --
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    ✨Under A Gilded Moon: a novel.
    409 pages; 59 chapters.
    Genre: historical fiction.
    @lakeunionpublishing
    @joyjordonlake

    Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of eight books, including A Tangled Mercy, a #1 Amazon bestseller and also an Editors’ Choice recipient from the Historical Novel Society; Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award for First Novel
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    ✨Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.

    Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.

    As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.
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    Speak less than thou knowest
    Lend less thou knowest

    📌The story dates back to October 1895.
    It talks about
    a family's journey to forgiveness, Biltmore Estate,
    Kerry's dilemma,
    her duty towards her family (father & siblings) ,
    forgiving her father for what their life could have been,
    a teacher's concern & care for her student
    and how your roots always pull you towards them.

    📌What did I learn?
    ✨You don't turn your back on family, no matter what.
    ✨Change is an inevitable part of life.

    📌What to look forward in the book?
    ✨a no. of CHARACTERS are BASED ON ACTUAL PEOPLE, even the Saint Bernard is also BASED ON A HISTORICAL CANINE.
    ✨there's a section on HISTORICAL NOTES.
    ✨there are BOOK CLUB discussion ques.s
    ✨beautiful storytelling skills
    ✨you actually go back to that era
    ✨very detailed & descriptive narration.
    ✨a bit lengthy, with a moderate pace.
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    ✨Crawdads meets the Crawleys in Jordan-Lake's latest, where she offers up a powerful location in the Biltmore House of Asheville, North Carolina. Pitting rugged locals against Gilded Age interlopers and threaded throughout with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best. --
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    #noorthebookwormreviews
    #underagildedmoon

  9. Linda Galella Linda Galella says:

    “Upstairs, Downstairs” meets “Downton Abbey” with a not quite successful side of “Where the Crawdads Sing”

    Joy Jordan-Lake is a consummate professional and it’s obvious in her new book, “Under a Gilded Moon”. It might be best to categorize this title as historical FACTion/mystery. There’s quite a bit of “real” tucked away in this substantial story. Ms. Jordan-Lake has included a chapter at the end of the book that details many of the factual historical characters, (human and canine!), as well as making note of interesting landmarks and addresses. History aficionados might find an enhanced reading experience by reading this chapter PRIOR to reading the story.

    Pacing in this story is going to be an issue for folks, I think. It’s not exactly South Georgia slow, but it’s not north of the Mason Dixon Line speed, either! It’s for sure, lazy summer day, southern fiction. Besides the pacing, the prose has moments of rich, descriptive lushness that approach atmospheric, but falls just short.

    Characters and dialogue will keep you entertained! I tho’t the southernisms were very well done and accurate, at least as far as my southern family members and their speech is concerned. You’ll also have an opportunity to dust off your French 101 and Italian 101 - a bit of culture and a few really great characters. Dialogue is the driving force in this book and is what propels the story. For the most part, it’s clean. There are a few soft expletives but nothing gratuitous or shocking.

    Mystery solving is a family affair for Kerry. She’s trying to protect her family’s land, care for her father and siblings and protect her own interests and goals all while under the restrictions of socio-economic classification, a murder investigation, and her own, yet-to-be-discovered family secrets. The mystery elements are not robust but have just enough entanglement to keep most readers engaged, but hardcore mystery, this ain’t!

    “Under a Gilded Moon” is a journey for main character Kerry and the readers. Topics include: family over self, wealth vs. poverty, to forgive, forget or both, men vs. women - (this is turn of 20th century!) and many more conversation worthy themes. This book is perfection for book clubs!

    It’s a little bit incongruous, but my favorite line from this book is a short one that Kerry learned from one of her teachers: “Books will remind you, you can make of your life what you want it to be.” That’s the VERY tiny version of what happens in this one📚

  10. Jamie Jack Jamie Jack says:

    Lyrical Descriptions, But…

    I liked, for the most part (as some prose bordered on purple), how the author described settings and surroundings. She made places come alive, creating images with words that easily translated into something you could see in your mind's eye. In terms of characterization, though, I thought most seemed to be stereotypes of class and station rather than fully realized characters. While the book has touches of intrigue and romance, it comes across more as a study of social structures based on money and opportunity. The “Haves” of this book are the Vanderbilt family and their friends, and the “Have Nots” seem to be everyone else! The book certainly shows what the top 1% of the turn of the previous century could make happen; their wishes became reality, no matter the consequences that those changes made for others. They turned this area, through sheer will and scads of money, into precisely what they wanted, not caring about the locals whatsoever or what they thought of this plan. It certainly does make you think of parallels between then and now, how the rich or powerful so often get their way, claiming to do what is good for all while truly thinking of what is best for themselves only. Unfortunately, the author seems to assume that we have a good general knowledge of the Vanderbilt family history, so it felt like there were holes in places that made certain parts of the story not flow logically. By the way, the author does include extensive historical notes in the back, especially explaining what is real and what is fictionalized. While I enjoyed the author's depictions of place and time, I felt like both character and plot were not up to the same par.

    I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

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