Chloe Lorraine Kimball is born on her family's estate of Ivy Manor in the wee hours of January 1, 1990. The happiness surrounding her birth will not last long. For despite a home filled with everything a yourng girl could want, Chloe lacks the one thing she desires above all else: love. She's young and beautiful, bright and kind, yet she's nothing more than a pretty decoration for her mother's social cirlcles and a tool for her father's political career.And so, with the help of friends, she escapes to New York.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight: 0.565 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2005
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
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|The Beginning of a Beautiful Saga Sep 13, 2007|
|Chloe is the turn of the century equivalent of today's pampered princess but she longs for so much more. To say that this young woman takes destiny into her own hands is an understatement. Her adventures take her away from home only to bring her back again. But she finds in the long run that love is from within. |
The character of Chloe, first brought to life in this story, soon becomes the matriarch of the the Women of Ivy Manor as we follow her story through the successive books. This story is captivating and a must read for any young woman looking to find herself. While spanning the time period from 1900 through World War I, it packs a lot of punch into that short time period. The people we meet are real and vibrant. Kudos to Lyn Cote for such a terrific read!
|A dismal failure. Sep 3, 2006|
|"Chloe" is most definitely going on my list of "worst books read." It was if author Lyn Cote simply did not know how to design her main character, Chloe, or any of the other characters. No one had any depth or interestingness to him or her. The book spans nearly ten years, giving plenty of time and opportunity to showcase characters' growth, but Cote failed greatly. There was no development or explanation as to why these people turned out as they did. It was a mystery that wasn't interesting. There was no one to look up to, relate to, or like...it was as if Cote didn't like writing this story. A huge disappointment. I do not recommend.|
|Beautiful inspirational/historical... Sep 7, 2005|
|I picked up Chloe on a whim because of its historical turn-of-the-twentieth-century setting and the backdrops of the first World War, the Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression. The 1920s Jazz Age intrigued me as well. This is one of the most beautiful and moving inspirational fiction books I have read. Chloe Kimball is a beautiful blue-eyed seventeen-year-old blonde who has had enough of her dysfunctional parents. She is nothing but an essential tool for her father's political career and the proper heiress to her mother's Carlyle upbringing and Ivy Manor estate. So, in the year 1917, Chloe and her pretty black maid Minnie, victim of Chloe's father's come-ons and sexual harassments, decide to escape to New York City, where Chloe marries a gorgeous soldier she only had brief encounters with, in spite of her friend Roarke's love confession. Chloe hadn't imagined the struggles she'd face after that. Her husband Theran dies during the war in France and Chloe has to work as a model to make ends meet. But then she discovers that she is pregnant with her late husband's child and moves back to Ivy Manor, where she begins to work with her selfish father again, loses her newborn daughter to her overbearing mother, and experiences the loss of her friendship with Roarke and his sister Kitty. There is something missing in Chloe's life, something that could change her life for the better. Will she be able to figure it out before it is too late? There are various twists throughout the novel.|
There are several time lapses during the course of the story and we experience the different settings and backdrops as the years and decades change. The reader gets glimpses of Chloe's life from the year 1917 to the year 1930. There are many insights on WWI and its aftermath during the "Lost Generation" of the Roaring Twenties -- where jazz clubs, chic clothes and the Charleston dance were the height of fashion. I enjoyed this particular aspect of the novel because the descriptions were so historically rich that it felt as though I had been alive during that interesting era. The author took us on a tour of the startup of New York City's bohemian lifestyle, the fashion changes and the beginning of the fights for equal employment for African Americans and the demand for women's right to vote. The insights on the stock market crash in 1929 (also known as the "Crash of '29") and the beginning of the Great Depression were also quite interesting. As said earlier, this is a very historically rich and insightful novel. I loved it. As for the characters, I was able to feel their pain and emotions. Chloe and Roarke touched me deeply. Chloe's lack of backbone frustrated me at times, but she redeemed herself in the last pages of the novel. I loved the chemistry between Chloe and Theran Black. He sounded wonderful and I wish he had been in the novel more. But the love story between Chloe and Roarke is also quite moving. All in all, this is a beautiful first offering of a family saga that springs through generations of the Women of Ivy Manor. The next installment will center on Bette, Chloe's daughter. I will certainly give it a whirl, especially because I want to know what is happening to Kitty, a loose end in the story that I hope will be resolved in Bette. I recommend this inspiring story most highly.
|Authentic Historical Fiction Aug 18, 2005|
|I have read many historical fiction novels, but this was the best yet. As a history major it's hard for me to enjoy a 'historical' story when the history is really fiction. Lyn Cote finds a superb way to blend fiction with historical reality in this coming of age story. Set among the backdrop of WWI and the Roaring Twenties flapper Chloe learns what real love is and deals with family dynamics in a way that keeps the reader turning the page to see what happens next. The storyline is original, characters are believable and authentic and the history is right on the mark. Congratulations to Lyn Cote for such a superb work of fiction. |
I would like to make a few corrections to a previous review. The man whom Chloe marries is named Theran Black, not Thoeran. Also, her black servant is Minnie, not Millie.
|Fantastic! Jul 4, 2005|
|This is Lyn's best book and a glorious story of hope and redemption. The plot is delicious, full of characters that come alive and draw you into Chloe's world. The story lives and breathes history, brings it home in ways that evoke our deepest emotions. This is a must read, a delightful story that will keep you reading until the last page. Don't pass this one by.|
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