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One Love Story, Two Points of View
Please join Author Jeanette Watts as she tours the blogosphere for Wealth and Privilege & Brains and Beauty!
Publication Date: December 14, 2013
Paperback & eBook; 408 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Money. Family. Love. Hate. Obsession. Duty. Politics. Religion – or the lack thereof. Sex — or, once again, the lack thereof.
Thomas Baldwin finds himself married to a woman he can’t stand, while head-over heels in love with another woman he can’t have. Talk about bad planning. He is something of a kite, buffeted by circumstances which blow him not only through personal crises, but also through some of the most significant events of the late 1800s, including the railroad riots of 1877, the creation of the Homestead Steel Works, the assassination of President Garfield, and the Johnstown Flood. Over time, and with the help of his muse, who dances maddeningly just beyond his reach, he takes control of his life, wresting it from the winds attempting to control him.
A carefully-researched historical novel about life among the privileged class of Pittsburgh during the Industrial Revolution.
Praise for Wealth and Privilege
“Thomas Baldwin is like a Rorschach inkblot test. Some people love him, some people find him unlikeable. Most people can’t stand his wife. Others feel sorry for her. I take the fact that people have such a huge variety of reactions to my characters as a sign I succeeded in writing full, rich personalities.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Gilded Age Pittsburgh is the setting for Jeanette Watts’ lavishly atmospheric debut novel, which turns on the schemes and counter-schemes various family members and interested strangers have in getting comfortably-situated and affable young Thomas Baldwin married off. One such scheme results in his being married to a woman he quickly comes to detest, while another inadvertently brings him into close contact with a woman he quickly comes to love, despite the fact that she seems permanently beyond his reach. Watts does a superbly smooth and confident job of keeping her plot-lines flowing along at an enticing clip, and although her period research is obviously extensive, she incorporates it so adeptly that the novel’s large amounts of exposition – contemporary events like the assassination of President Garfield, or the Johnstown Flood – always feel like organic parts of the story. The result is an involving and subtly funny work worth reading.” – Historical Novel Society
“Wealth and Privilege is an exceptionally provoking read. The real romance is between the author and the reader” – Page Traveler
Publication Date: November 5, 2015
eBook & Paperback; 441 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
The last thing a proper Victorian lady says – is what she’s really thinking.
Regina Waring seems to have it all. A loving husband, a successful business, and the most expensive wardrobe in town. But nothing is what it appears to be. Outside of the public eye, her husband is critical and demanding, the business is financially failing, and the wardrobe is the handiwork of a very clever – and cheap – sister. Regina’s life is one long tiptoe through a minefield; one wrong step, in any direction, and her entire life is going to blow up and destroy her.
Enter Thomas Baldwin. Young and handsome and completely off limits, Regina is smitten with him at first sight. Then, to her great astonishment, he slowly becomes her best friend. He’s the one person in her life who never lets her down. Torn between her fascination with him and her desire not to ruin a marvelous friendship, she tries to enjoy each moment with him as it comes.
If only that were enough.
Jeanette Watts couldn’t help but notice that all romances seemed to be set in the American West or the South. A staunch Yankee girl, she asked what is unromantic about the North or the East? After living for four years in Pittsburgh, and falling deeply in love with southwestern Pennsylvania, she found it the perfect location for a love story.
Besides writing, she is also a dance instructor, an inveterate seamstress, the artistic director for several dance companies, an actress, and a history buff. Wealth and Privilege took her 10 years to write, because she felt the research needed to be thorough. Everything from big events and famous people to little details like dog breeds and women’s fashions have been carefully researched.