From Fields of Gold by Alexandra Ripley

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A powerful and turbulent turn-of-the-century family saga chronicles the creation of an American dynasty as an ambitious farmer rises to become a robber baron within the tobacco industry and pursues a passionate woman. 300,000 first printing.

About Alexandra Ripley

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Historical fiction author Alexandra Ripley was born on January 8, 1934. She majored in Russian at Vassar College and worked at numerous publishing houses before becoming an author. She published her first novel Who's That Lady in the President's Bed? using the pseudonym B. K. Ripley in 1972. She has written many best sellers but is perhaps best known for writing Scarlett, the sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. Despite negativity from critics, the book was very popular with the public and the TV miniseries it spawned was the highest rated multi-part dramatic special of 1994. She died in Richmond, Virginia on January 10, 2004.
Published November 1, 1994 by Warner Books. 467 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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A crucial part of his project involves wresting the patent for a revolutionary new cigarette- rolling machine from its doddering inventor, but the machine's price tag is high: Nate must marry the inventor's granddaughter, Francesca (Chess) Standish, and promise to give her children.

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Despite a labored start and the lack of development of several pivotal characters and plot lines, Ripley's feisty heroine and vivid re-creation of the era (there are glimpses of contemporary celebrities including Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde) should prove irresistible to readers-or at least to ...

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Francesca ''Chess'' Standish is no Scarlett O'Hara, but that's only because the heroine of Alexandra Ripley's From Fields of Gold does not have her own miniseries yet, and the heroine of Ripley's Gone With the Wind sequel, Scarlett, does.

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