From the bestselling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Biltmore House.
Under a Gilded Moon
A Novel of Wealth, Secrets, and Murder in the shadow of Biltmore House
Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.
Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however, close its reach. Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.
As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.
“Crawdads meets the Crawleys
in Jordan-Lake’s latest, where she offers up a powerful location in the Biltmore House of Asheville,
Pitting rugged locals against Gilded Age interlopers and threaded throughout with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best.”
—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of
The Lions of Fifth Avenue
Under A Gilded
“Under a Gilded Moon
soars as high as any piece of literature
“Elegantly written and expertly crafted,
Under a Gilded Moon soars as high as any piece of literature can reach. You’re transported to a time and place in history that begs [to be] read late into the night.”
—Robert Dugoni, international bestselling author of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and the Tracy Crosswhite series.
"I was swept away by this dazzling, masterfully written tale
of the clash of classes and cultures around the Biltmore in North Carolina. Joy Jordan-Lake brings the past alive with impeccable details, raw emotion, and parallels to our present world. A triumph.”
—Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Burying the
"Joy Jordan-Lake brings the past alive."
"The loveliest page-turner I’ve read in years.”
“Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake has mastered the art of navigating story-telling risks.
She sets Under a Gilded Moon in an era and place where stereotypes could dominate every aspect of her exquisite novel. Not so in the hands of this gifted author!
Joy respects her characters too much to allow shallowness to creep in, and she respects her readers too much to serve up anything short of originality, depth, and excellence—in the loveliest page-turner I’ve read in years.”
—Carolyn Curtis, author of Women and C.S. Lewis
“A gorgeously written tale...with elements of mystery and intrigue, glamour, and pure grit."
"I can't recommend it enough!"
—Jane Healey, Washington Post bestselling author of The Beantown Girls and the forthcoming The Secret Stealers
“This is historical fiction
at its finest.
With pitch-perfect dialogue and details so rich and so right, Joy Jordan-Lake sets us squarely—lock, stock, and barrel—in 1895 Asheville, NC, in not just one but two distinctive worlds. The grand Vanderbilts and their luxurious Biltmore fascinated me, and the mountain people with their human struggles pulled at my heart.”
—Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone, winner of the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction and the 2019 Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature
Under a Gilded Moon
By Joy Jordan-Lake
Lake Union Publishing
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback,
e-book, and Audiobook
Pub Date: 12.01.20 | 414 pages
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Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of eight books, including
A Tangled Mercy, a #1 Amazon bestseller, and also an Editors’ Choice recipient from the Historical Novel Society; Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award for First Novel; and the children’s book A Crazy-Much Love.
Raised in the foothills of the Appalachians, she spent several summers in and around Asheville, North Carolina, where the Biltmore Estate is located. She continues to love the Blue Ridge Mountains and drags friends and family there with her whenever possible.
Jordan-Lake holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in English and has taught literature and writing at several universities. Now living outside Nashville, she and her husband have two daughters, a son, and a ferocious ten-pound rescue pup.