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The Great Mrs. Elias

By: Barbara Chase Riboud
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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Publisher's Summary

The author of the award-winning Sally Hemings now brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s, in this mesmerizing novel swirling with atmosphere and steeped in history.

A murder and a case of mistaken identity brings the police to Hannah Elias’ glitzy, five-story, twenty-room mansion on Central Park West. This is the  beginning of an odyssey that moves back and forth in time and reveals the dangerous secrets of a mysterious woman, the fortune she built, and her precipitous fall.

Born in Philadelphia in the late 1800s, Hannah Elias has done things she’s not proud of to survive. Shedding her past, Hannah slips on a new identity before relocating to New York City to become as rich as a robber baron.

Hannah quietly invests in the stock market, growing her fortune with the help of businessmen. As the money pours in, Hannah hides her millions across 29 banks. Finally attaining the life she’s always dreamed, she buys a mansion on the Upper West Side and decorates it in gold and first-rate décor, inspired by her idol Cleopatra.

The unsolved murder turns Hannah’s world upside-down and threatens to destroy everything she’s built. When the truth of her identity is uncovered, thousands of protestors gather in front of her stately home. Hounded by the salacious press, the very private Mrs. Elias finds herself alone, ensnared in a scandalous trial, and accused of stealing her fortune from whites.

Packed with glamour, suspense, and drama, populated with real-life luminaries from the period, The Great Mrs. Elias brings a fascinating woman and the age she embodied to glorious, tragic life.

©2021 Barbara Chase Riboud (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Top Notch!

I was completely drawn into this book from the very first sentence! I will long remember this book. It was so very well done and I absolutely thought the narrator was fabulous. This was a credit well spent and I highly recommend this book! 5 star book in my opinion!

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Excellent read!

An interesting story of perseverance and unapologetic prowess during a time when being both a woman and black carried a narrow frame of living and a glass ceiling reinforced by men of all social classes. This story is one of defiance, determination, unspeakable loss, and metamorphosis.

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Pressing on in life despite the storms.

I love everything the writer showed about a woman who’s fate seemed hopeless since the day she was born. In the end she was the heroine despite the social rules she broke. The book should become a movie the description of events offered a wonderful visual. The author’s account was beautifully depicted.

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Yet another written account of a black woman's struggle to survive, to love and to be successful. How upset the men of New York City were to find that a black prostitute was a smart business woman who managed to amass a fortune. They tried to break her spirit but failed. This is a great book and Robin, as usual, brought the story to life.

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Love this book

I absolutely loved this audiobook, from the beginning to the end! I highly recommend this book to women of color.

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Great Narration and historical reference

This book piqued my interest and kept me anxiously awaiting the next historical empowering reference. Mrs. Elias was able to persevere despite the opposition a woman of her status elicited. She quietly gained her fortune and yet still remained a level of awareness of others who were less fortunate.