Belle Cora

Belle Cora

Large Print - 2014
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Upon her death in 1919, Mrs. Francis Anderson, a wealthy and powerful dowager in San Francisco society, leaves behind a scandalous memoir revealing her former life as a prostitute and madame. Born Arabella Goodwin to a rich and respected abolitionist family in New York City, she is suddenly orphaned at age nine and shipped off with her beloved youngest brother, Lewis, to live with her aunt and uncle on their hardscrabble farm. When her nemesis -- her cousin Agnes -- engineers Belle's downfall, Belle returns to the city of her youth where she puts her beauty and good-breeding to use, garnering the power and wealth to reclaim what has been taken from her and proving herself a distinctly American heroine: assertive, loyal, vengeful, and unapologetic.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2014
ISBN: 9781410469106
1410469107
Branch Call Number: LPF MAR NVD
Characteristics: 845 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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finn75
Mar 04, 2014

A respectable elderly woman reminisces about her early life as a orphan then prostitute and latter a brothel owner. Interesting characters and I enjoyed the exploration of her life. A bit long winded on some occasions then seemed to skip important details but overall a worthy read.

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