on 29 January 2001
I loved this book. It is an amazing story of the five Langhorne sisters.They begin their life in the American south after the American Civil War. It spans Reconstruction of the American south thru 2 World Wars,and the first woman in the English Parliment. The five sisters are Lizzie, born 1867, Irene, born 1873, Nancy, born 1879, Phyllis, born 1880, and Nora, born 1889. Irene makes the first big impact in the Langhorne family. A southern belle, she married A.Dana Gibson His picture of Irene became famous as the Gibson Girl. At the center of the story is the story of Nancy Langhorne. She followed Irene on the scene. Had a bad first marriage with one son. Her second marriage to Waldorf Astor propelled her to the world stage.The wealth of her marriage funds the other sisters. She is involved with the great men of the last century. It is one of these that she introduces to her sister Phyllis who has a bad first marriage.He is Bob Brand, one of the young men involved with the Union of South Africa. After marriage with Phyllis , he is active in drafting policy with Milton Keyes after the first and second World Wars.
on 30 November 2013
I found this book a very enjoyable read, with some interesting insights into life for Virginians and Britains at the turn of the last century. The Langhornes are fascinating sisters and the rises and falls in their lives make compelling reading. Nancy Astor's election campaign and experiences as the first MP in Parliament are particularly interesting, as is the lively storytelling about the lives of each sister. I read the book in about a week and thoroughly enjoyed it!