G.P. Putnam's Sons
On Sale: August 7, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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A witty and inherently feminist novel about passion and
marriage, based on a true story of an unstoppable woman
ahead of her time in Victorian London.
In 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest of
three daughters of a middle-class military family, growing
up in a small garrison town. By 1891 she is the Countess of
Clancarty, dubbed “the peasant countess” by the press, and a
member of the Irish aristocracy. Becoming Belle is
the story of the four years in between, of Belle’s rapid
ascent and the people that tried to tear her down.
With only her talent, charm, and determination, Isabel moves
to London alone at age nineteen, changes her name to Belle,
and takes the city by storm, facing unthinkable hardships as
she rises to fame. A true bohemian and the star of a dancing
double act she performs with her sister, she reigns over The
Empire Theatre and The Corinthian Club, where only select
society entertains. It is there she falls passionately in
love with William, Viscount Dunlo, a young aristocrat. For
Belle, her marriage to William is a dream come true, but his
ruthless father makes clear he’ll stop at nothing to keep
her in her place.
Reimagined by a novelist at the height of her powers, Belle
is an unforgettable woman. Set against an absorbing portrait
of Victorian London, hers is a timeless rags-to-riches story
a la Becky Sharpe.
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