Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel Book 1)



Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel Book 1) In 1920s New York, the price of a woman s independence can be exorbitant even fatal In 1924 Manhattan, women s suffrage is old news For sophisticated booklover Julia Kydd, life s too short for politics With her cropped hair and penchant for independent living, Julia wants only to launch her own new private press But as a woman, Julia must fight for what s hers including the inheritance her estranged half brother, Philip, has challenged, putting her aspirations in jeopardy.When her friend s sister, Naomi Rankin, dies suddenly of an apparent suicide, Julia is shocked at the wealthy family s indifference toward the ardent suffragist s death Naomi chose poverty and hardship over a submissive marriage and a husband s control of her money Now, her death suggests the struggle wasthan she could bear.Julia, however, is skeptical Doubtful of her suspicions, Philip proposes a glib wager if Julia can prove Naomi was in fact murdered, he ll drop his claims to her wealth Julia soon discovers Naomi s life was as turbulent and enigmatic as her death And as she gets closer to the truth, Julia sees there s muchat stake than her inheritance New Download Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel Book 1) [ by ] Marlowe Benn [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – heartforum.co.uk

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  • 316 pages
  • Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel Book 1)
  • Marlowe Benn
  • 06 June 2018

12 thoughts on “Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel Book 1)

  1. Dee Arr says:

    Author Marlowe Benn book, Relative Fortunes, is a breath of fresh air amid the countless books that hit the market on a daily basis While I hesitated, deliberating between this and a few other Kindle First books, I eventually chose this as my second choice of the month Happily, it is the better of the two reads.Ms Benn displays a wonderful talent for stringing the right words together, and the novel is an endless stream of descriptive passages Add to that the distinct characters that walk Author Marlowe Benn book, Relative Fortunes, is a breath of fresh air amid the countless books that hit the market on a daily basis While I hesitated, deliberating between this and a few other Kindle First books, I eventually chose this as my second choice of the month Happily, it is the better of the two reads.Ms Benn displays a wonderful talent for stringing the right words together, and the novel is an endless stream of descriptive passages Add to that the distinct characters that walk throughout the pages and you have something special The book is listed in both the Historical Fiction and Mystery rankings, both apt descriptions of the story The author s writing sty...

  2. Brian says:

    In Relative Fortunes, we meet Julia Kydd, a woman who is just shy of 25 but wise beyond her years Julia encounters an acquaintance named Glennis who discovers her progressive sister has died..supposedly under some rather mysterious circumstances Despite Julia s hesitation, she soon becomes engrossed in a very complicated plot The book was very historically accurate it was centered around the early 1920 s when women had yet to vote I felt as though the book was a bit plodding at times but ov In Relative Fortunes, we meet Julia Kydd, a woman who is just shy of 25 but wise beyond her years Julia encounters an acquaintance named Glennis who discovers her progressive sister has died..supposedly under some rather mysterious circumstances Despite Julia s hesitation, she soon becomes engrossed in a very complicated plot The book was very historically accurate it was centered around the early 1920 s when women had yet to v...

  3. ☕️Kimberly says:

    This started slow but ended strong Full RTC 3.5 stars

  4. Janci says:

    One concept here struck me, only because it is a pet peeve of mine and I ve never seen an author address it I m not even sure if the author is aware of what she highlighted in this passage But it is the insistence of women for their rights without responsibility I ve seen it over and over again, and we see it here in Chapter 21 I work to suit myself, not you or anyone else That s the glory of a private press I can print what I like, how I like, without pandering to the tastes of oafish buy One concept here struck me, only because it is a pet peeve of mine and I ve never seen an author address it I m not even sure if the author is aware of what she highlighted in this passage But it is the insistence of women for their rights without responsibility I ve seen it over and over again, and we see it here in Chapter 21 I work to suit myself, not you or anyone else That s the glory of a private press I can print what I like, how I like, without pandering to the tastes of oafish buyers like you So as liberated and free as Julia thinks she is, she still needs someone else s money, some man s money, to do her thing, with no responsibility for supporting herself At least the conversation with Phillip causes her to recognize this, sort of, her self indulgence and at least she thinks about and supports less fortunate women Substitute oafish managers like you and you get the modern version of this A woman gets her back up and quits in a huff...

  5. Jenni says:

    Set in Manhattan in a time of suffragists and prohibition, bootleggers and soap box orators, Julia Kydd, a bibliophile and modern woman, finds herself in a situation that requires her to solve the mystery concerning the suspicious death of her friend s sister As she delves into Naomi s life and death, she sees parallels between her situation in which her estranged brother controls her fortune, and Naomi s, whose brother forced her into dire circumstances by controlling her inheritance I loved Set in Manhattan in a time of suffragists and prohibition, bootleggers and soap box orators, Julia Kydd, a bibliophile and modern woman, finds herself in a situation that requires her to solve the mystery concerning the suspicious death of her friend s sister As she delves into Naomi s life and death, she sees parallels between her situation in which her estranged brother controls her fortune, and Naomi s, whose brother forced her into dire circumstances by controlling her inheritance I loved that the author never preached about the issues and lets the readers draw their own conclusions while providing a clear view of the issues of the time Women have been tort...

  6. Yvonne says:

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4.Relative Fortunes is an intriguing murder mystery set in 1920 s New York with a feisty protagonist and a strong emphasis on the women s movement set shortly after women had won the vote but were still highly controlled by fathers, husbands, and brothers and on the class divide of that time It s well written, descriptive and detailed, and although it does start quite slowly it soon picks up with many plot twists and turns The history of book publishing woven throug 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.Relative Fortunes is an intriguing murder mystery set in 1920 s New York with a feisty protagonist and a strong emphasis on the women s movement set shortly after women had won the vote but were still highly controlled by fathers, husbands, and brothers and on the class divide of that time It s well written, descriptive and detailed, and although it does start quite slowly it soon picks up with many plot twists and turns The history of book publishing woven through the novel was perhaps overly detailed but remained interesting There s also a huge cast of suspects and side characters, some likeable and some utterly detestable but all distinctive, that add ...

  7. Mel says:

    3.75 rounded up to 4I went into this book with fairly high hopes, and wasn t too disappointed.Julia is my favourite kind of post Victorian era woman confident, independant, and thoroughly unamused by any attempt to prevent her from doing what she wanted to do.Her brother, not so much One problem I had throughout this book is that his character didn t fit with his actions, and in fact seemed completely in conflict with them Even the revelation at the end of the book didn t shed any light, d 3.75 rounded up to 4I went into this book with fairly high hopes, and wasn t too disappointed.Julia is my favourite kind of post Victorian era woman confident, independant, and thoroughly unamused by any attempt to prevent her from doing what she wanted to do.Her brother, not so much One problem I had throughout this book is that his character didn t fit with his actions, and in fact seemed completel...

  8. Jennifer Robb says:

    I m kind of sorry I wasted a First Reads pick on this book I ll tolerate some things I don t like for the sake of a plot murder in a mystery or thriller etc but I won t tolerate fortune telling, contacting spirits and the like and that comes up in the first chapter of this book so I was done.The part I did read reminded me of when I used to read Grace Livingston Hill novels in that I had to remember it was set at a time when women had fewer rights and opportunities than we do in today s wo I m kind of sorry I wasted a First Reads pick on this book I ll tolerate some things I don t like for the sake of a plot murder in a mystery or thriller etc but I won t tolerate fortune telling, contacting spirits and the like and that comes up in the first chapter of this book so I was done.The part I did read reminded me of when I used to read Grace Livingston Hill novels in that I had to remember it was set at a time when women had fewer rights and opportunities than we do in today s world Julia s...

  9. Amber says:

    Intriguing and Enlightening This book was well written and actually forces the reader to use a dictionary and encyclopedia What a treat in a sea of quickly written simplistic fluff The characters are believable and sympathetic To really understand how far women s rights have come it takes a story like this based on facts to enlighten Many of the familial themes are true today and are played out over and over in different ways there is always the truth of every situation I enjoyed the journe Intriguing and Enlightening This book was well written and actually forces the reader to use a dictionary and encyclopedia What a treat in a sea of quickly written simplistic fluff The characters are believable and sympathetic To really understand how far women s rights have come i...

  10. Lori says:

    An enthralling, twisty mysteryAn enjoyable journey to the truth of the tale, and one worth persevering through the somewhat slow start Julia Kydd is a bold and independent amateur sleuth, operating in an era in which women were still very much hampered by the male dominated society when ...

  11. Laurel says:

    Slow going I found this book difficult to get through The storyline really dragged for 3 4 of the way through, and it only picked up towards the end That said, while there were a few moments where it didn t seem ...

  12. mary ann newbold says:

    Wonderful suffragist history and a murder mystery, too Engrossing book.As a mystery enthusiast, especially those set in the 1920 s, I chose this book However, to find that it includes so much women s history thrilled me I minored in Women s History in co...

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