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This review is from: The Shuttle (Paperback)
This is the story of the Vanderpoel sisters. Rich American heiresses, Rosalie marries Sir Nigel Anstruther, an impoverished English nobleman. Nigel turns out to be an abusive, dominating husband, and Rosalie dwindles into a mouse, too afraid to stand up to Nigel and his dreadful mother, too afraid to keep in touch with her loving family. Her sister, Bettina, is quite the opposite. She is a confident, determined young woman, and once she grows up, decides she will go to England and find out what happened to Rosalie. This is a fairy tale of the most satisfying kind, only, unusually, it's a woman riding to the rescue of the damsel in distress. Bettina is a heroine to cheer for. She is not cowed by the horrible Nigel, and uses her money as well as her personality to revive Rosalie and the estate, as well as finding an impoverished Lord of her own.
The shuttle of the title refers to the travelling between the US and England that was such a feature of upper class life in the late 19th century. There were many real life examples of the Vanderpoel girls, Jennie Jerome who was Winston Churchill's mother, and Consuelo Vanderbilt, who married the Duke of Marlborough among them. This is an absorbing read, another book I read in one long gulp and couldn't put down.