I first visited Newport, Rhode Island, as a teenager and loved touring its famous historic mansions. Tom and I went together a couple years ago and it was just as beautiful as I'd remembered. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Newport was a summer haven for the wealthy, and so I wanted to put together a list of books inspired by this locale and the wealth and glamour of the Gilded Age.
Maid to Match: This novel follows a maid working at Biltmore, the North Carolina home of George Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilts were a prominent family of the Gilded Age.
A Well-Behaved Woman: Keeping with the Vanderbilt theme, this novel tells the story of Alva Vanderbilt, who was responsible for the construction of Marble House, a Newport cottage (and by "cottage" they really mean super-luxe mansion!).
The American Heiress: During the Gilded Age, it wasn't uncommon for young socialites to travel to Europe to look for husbands, gaining a title for themselves and helping save many English manors. The American Heiress envisions one such marriage.
Crazy Rich Asians: This one might seem like an odd choice, but when I think of Newport, I think of unimaginable wealth (there was no federal income tax in America until 1913!), and the families within the pages of Crazy Rich Asians definitely compare.
A Hundred Summers: This book takes place in the fictional town of Seaview, Rhode Island, and follows New York socialite Lily Dane in the late 1930s.