Under a Gilded Moon Tour – Review

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About the Book

Crawdads meets the Crawleys…Threaded through with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best.” —Fiona Davis, nationally bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

From the bestselling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Biltmore House.

Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.

Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.

As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.

Praise for Under a Gilded Moon

“Elegantly written and expertly crafted, Under a Gilded Moon soars as high as any piece of literature can reach. You’re transported to a time and place in history that begs [to be] read late into the night.” —Robert Dugoni, international bestselling author of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and the Tracy Crosswhite series

“I was swept away by this dazzling, masterfully written tale of the clash of classes and cultures around the Biltmore in North Carolina. Joy Jordan-Lake brings the past alive with impeccable details, raw emotion, and parallels to our present world. A triumph.” —Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

“This is historical fiction at its finest. With pitch-perfect dialogue and details so rich and so right, Joy Jordan-Lake sets us squarely—lock, stock, and barrel—in 1895 Asheville, NC, in not just one but two distinctive worlds. The grand Vanderbilts and their luxurious Biltmore fascinated me, and the mountain people with their human struggles pulled at my heart.” —Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone, winner of the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction and the 2019 Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature

“Crawdads meets the Crawleys in Jordan-Lake’s latest, where she offers up a powerful location in the Biltmore House of Asheville, North Carolina. Pitting rugged locals against Gilded Age interlopers and threaded throughout with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best.” —Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue


Can we just take a moment to appreciate this beautiful book? And not only does it have a beautiful cover, but it also has a wonderful story that takes you back in time to such an interesting time period. One where I admittedly could learn a bit more about.

The Biltmore Estate is one of those places where I feel like everyone but me has visited, but I was able to visit it through this story. And honestly, what better way to travel is there in 2020 than by book? I’m a really big fan of the setting and as I’ve mentioned many times I love when I can learn from a story. And Jordan-Lake did an amazing job at interweaving this story with facts from the period, location, and history.

But, what I loved most about this one is all of the drama. I’m such a sucker for some good drama and these characters had it imbued in their essence. They were all so different yet they were also all woven together. This was just such a gorgeous book as a whole and the writing really takes you on a journey itself.

About the Author

Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of eight books, including A Tangled Mercy, a #1 Amazon bestseller and also an Editors’ Choice recipient from the Historical Novel Society; Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award for First Novel; and the children’s book A Crazy-Much Love. Raised in the foothills of the Appalachians, she spent several summers in and around Asheville, North Carolina, where the Biltmore Estate is located. She continues to love the Blue Ridge Mountains and drags friends and family there with her whenever possible. Jordan-Lake holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in English and has taught literature and writing at several universities. Now living outside Nashville, she and her husband have two daughters, a son, and a ferocious ten-pound rescue pup.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 23rd- Cassie’s Book Reviews https://instagram.com/cassies_books_reviews  

Oct. 23rd – Dani Reads https://instagram.com/dani.reads.1225

Oct. 23rd – Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

Oct. 24th – Biblio Reviews https://instagram.com/biblioreviews 

Oct. 25th – Noor The Bookworm https://instagram.com/noorthebookworm

Oct. 26th – Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

Oct. 26th – Book N Cats N Coffee https://instagram.com/bookncatsncoffee

Oct. 26th – Shut Up N Read https://instagram.com/shutupnread

Oct. 28th – Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

Oct. 29th – Bryant Park Books https://instagram.com/bryantparkbooks

Oct. 30th –  Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook

Nov. 2nd  – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

Nov. 4th – Mrs Boom Reads https://instagram.com/mrsboomreads 

Nov.14th – Book Coffee Cozy https://instagram.com/bookcoffeecozy

Nov. 15th – Texacali Books https://instagram.com/texacalibooks 

Nov. 17th –   Reading With Remy https://instagram.com/readingwithremy

Nov. 20th – Reading With Mere-https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

Nov. 23rd – David L Morgan https://instagram.com/david_l_morgan

Nov. 24th – The Crocheted Review https://instagram.com/thecrochetedreview

Nov. 30th – Books Are Magic Too https://instagram.com/booksaremagictoo

Nov. 30th – Delightfully Booked https://instagram.com/delightfullybooked 

Dec. 1st- The Book Reader https://instagram.com/the.b00kreader

Dec. 4th – Ya It’s Lit  https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

Dec. 8th – Coffee Dogs Books https://instagram.com/coffeedogsbooks

Dec. 17th –  2 Babes And A Bookshelf https://instagram.com/2babesandabookshelf

Dec 20th – Head Full Of Books https://instagram.com/_head_full_of_books_ 

Dec. 21st– Reecas Pieces Books https://instagram.com/reecaspiecesbooks 

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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