Belle Cora

Margulies, Phillip

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Belle Cora
In 1838, Arabella Godwin and her brother, Lewis, are orphaned and sent to live on their aunt's desolate farm in upstate New York. Time and again she will be broken and remade. She will bear a gambler's child, build a fortune, commit murder, leave a trail of aliases in her wake and sacrifice almost everything for the man whose love she cannot bear to lose. Her destiny takes her to Gold Rush California... where she disappears. A sweeping historical tale based on the life and times of the daughter of a New York merchant finds the orphaned Belle suffering at the hands of a rival cousin before working as a prostitute and transforming herself repeatedly to win the love and life she desires.

Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0385532768
Characteristics: 594 pages ;,25 cm


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Mar 04, 2014
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A respectable elderly woman reminisces about her early life as a orphan then prostitute and latter a brothel owner. Interesting characters and I enjoyed the exploration of her life. A bit long winded on some occasions then seemed to skip important details but overall a worthy read.


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