The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

The Way of Beauty

Hearts and dreams evolve in the shadow of the once-magnificent Penn Station.Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectatio...

Details The Way of Beauty

TitleThe Way of Beauty
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Favorites, Fiction, New York

Reviews The Way of Beauty

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MAY 2, 2018."THE WAY OF BEAUTY is a beautiful book about love, family, Suffragettes, the building of Penn Station in New York and has characters you will fall in love with. Ms. Di Maio has written another amazing, warm, heartfelt, well-researched, detailed book, that takes you with the characters on their journey and into their lives.All of Ms. Di Maio’s books warm your heart and allow you to feel her passion about causes...
  • Linda Zagon
    MY REVIEW OF “THE WAY OF BEAUTY” BY CAMILLE DI MAIOBRAVO to Camille Di Maio, Author of “The Way of Beauty”, for a Literary Masterpiece and an Absolute Treasure. I loved everything about Camille Di Maio’s novel. From the descriptive historical perspectives of the culture, people, landscape and architecture to the colorful cast of characters through three generations, and the significant political statements of the times, the author has w...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    The Way of Beauty is a beautifully written novel. Vera Keller is growing up in NYC in the early 20th century. She falls in love with Angelo Bellavia, whom she had known since she was a child, but her life is turned upside down when he introduces Vera to Pearl - the woman he intends to marry. Against everything Vera feels, she becomes dear friends with Pearl who opens her eyes to a world she did not know. Pearl has a strong personality and is a me...
  • Rebecca Rosenberg
    Vera touched my heart from the beginning, the struggle of being so poor and the one light of her life... Angelo. I don't want to spoil things, but Vera's most ardent wish is foiled almost before she realizes how much she wants it, and brings a new friend, who opens her eyes to the suffrage movement and rights for women. And though she may not have Angelo in quite the way she hoped, she loves him and his son fiercely. The writing transports you to...
  • Sharlene
    I have read and enjoyed all of Camille Di Maio's books and this one did not disappoint. I was fascinated with the historical background of Penn Station in NYC. This was something I was not that aware of. I felt I was there with the characters as their lives evolved over the years and their love for the station. I found the characters well developed. I stayed up very late each night as I could not put this book down. I would highly recommend this ...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5Review to come! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5Review to come!
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    THE WAY OF BEAUTY is a love story, but what is so charming about it is it's not just a love story between people; this book is a love story to New York City and, in particular, to the original Penn Station. The novel traces two women, Vera and her daughter Alice. It begins in the 1900 with young Vera, whose father is a "sandhog," one of the workers who helps build the tunnels leading to Penn Station. As Vera ages, she pines for the man who runs t...
  • Sue
    This is absolutely one of the best historical fiction novels that I've read in a long time. The characters are well written and believable and the setting of NYC's Penn station is a perfect focal point to tie the two main characters together. Vera is the daughter of German immigrants who are forced to move when Penn Station is built in NYC. When she is in her teens, she falls in love with the young man who runs the newsstand but he marries a suff...
  • Chanel Cleeton
    A wonderful novel about the fascinating lives of two women connected by a legacy of loyalty, passion, and a strong sense of family. Set against the backdrop of New York City and the grand Penn Station, readers are sure to love this epic tale that tugs at your heartstrings as you root for Vera and Alice to find their happy endings.
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    What a story! I think I say this every time I read a historical novel, but, I'll repeat myself again - "I am honestly not the biggest historical fiction fan" - BUT, I seem to have found an exception! I'm starting to enjoy historical fiction that is more based in the US and less WWII focused (although there are some favorites there, too). The Way of Beauty mostly takes place in New York City (my city, gushes) during the woman's Suffrage movement b...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Review to come
  • Melissa
    I have been a fan of Camille Di Maio's writing ever since her debut, The Memory of Us: A Novel. With The Way of Beauty, she is now three for three with compelling and memorable novels.The entire story was so beautifully written. I felt like I was inside Penn Station watching the characters interact. I could easily visualize them and feel what they were feeling. Both Vera and Alice's romantic conflicts were understandable and it was easy to sympat...
  • Emily Carpenter
    The Way of Beauty transported me through an entirely unknown (to me) era of New York City, to a world of privilege, poverty, and the suffragette movement--all unfolding around the immense Penn Station that served as a sort of village square in that world of immigrants in turn of the century Manhattan. Captivated by Vera's dilemmas, both romantic and financial, I savored this tender, sometimes heartbreaking love story that spans generations and sh...
  • Patricia Sands
    Camille Di Maio has quickly become one of my favourite authors. The Way of Beauty is her third novel and does not disappoint. Di Maio continues to demonstrate her excellent research skills and build that information into a highly readable story. Excellent character development drives this inspiring history of how the women in the suffrage movement of the early 1900's paved the way for the rights of women today. It's also a wonderful tribute to Pe...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow closer to pub date.
  • Amy
    I don’t read historical fiction all that often, you guys know I stick to my thrillers with a rom com or some women’s fiction thrown in for some variety, but every time I do switch to a historical novel I wonder why I don’t read more of them?! The Way of Beauty was such a gorgeous book in every single way, it was so amazing that I’m going to be reading DiMaio’s other books ASAP.The first half is set in the 1900’s and told from Vera’s...
  • Tammy
    Oh my! This book! There is so much to love about The Way of Beauty, from the beautiful cover to the amazing story on it's pages. Camille Di Maio has written a beautiful saga about hopes and dreams against the backdrop of New York's Penn Station. I felt as if I was in the story as I read the descriptions of Penn Station, the suffragettes and the differences in class distinction. I fell in love with Vera and Pearl and again with Will and Alice. The...
  • Allison
    "One entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat." Thus spoke legendary architectural historian Vincent Scully when describing Penn Station, and thus begins Camille Di Maio's latest novel, THE WAY OF BEAUTY, which is set in and around the environs of that same erstwhile New York treasure. Book-ended by the rise and fall of this iconic locale, Di Maio's tale is one of American dreams and hearts, bringing to life the American immigr...
  • Diane
    The Way of Beauty by author Camille Di Maio is another heart touching book filled with emotion and generational history. The characters of Vera and her family, Angelo and Pearl, and later, Alice and William will lead the reader into the secret longings of their hearts and lives. It is important to understand the eras of time and the daily struggles of poor families in the US during times of war and social transition. The book is also about friend...
  • Dorothea
    4.5 starsI received an ARC of "THE WAY OF BEAUTY" from NetGalley for an honest review. I wish to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Camille Di Maio for the opportunity to read this book.This was a beautiful book about a time and place that I had little knowledge of at all. It was based in the early 1900's in NYC with the influx of immigrants from all over the world. The story spans from then through WWI, WWII, to the early 60's. I love t...
  • Keren Krinick
    "The Way of Beauty" by Camille Di Maio was a beautiful read indeed. A wonderful family saga, with the backdrop of Penn Station in NYC: using clever symbolism from it's creation, to a lifetime of inspiration and then, to Penn Station's demise. Generations of strong women, fighting for women's rights and progress, as well as holding on to loyal family bonds, friendships, love, and much optimism. I really enjoyed this book, appreciated the strong me...
  • Rochelle Weinstein
    "It was not only Penn Station that was being torn down. It was the wild optimism of youth. The tie she had to the love she’d lived within those walls." THIS. THIS. When a sentence can touch and resonate like this, you just know you're going to fall in love with the story. Camille Di Maio writes of dynamic characters Vera, Angelo, Pearl, Alice, William, and Emmett. Their vivid tale spans generations and centers on the textured history of Manhatt...
  • Lori
    I loved the beauty found in this book. The early women’s movement, the struggles of immigrants, the war, friendship, first love, enduring love and most of all family. This is not a story of our throw away society, it is a beautiful story of our society as it should be...take care of and maintain and always, love. I so enjoyed every character, the beautifully described buildings and struggles of class and hardship. More than anything, this is a ...
  • Susie Schnall
    Based around the historic Penn Station building in NYC, The Way of Beauty is a wonderful story that captivated me with its themes of love, loyalty, second chances, and making the most difficult choices. Plus, there was fascinating insight into the suffragette movement a century ago. Camille Di Maio has done it again!!
  • Susan Peterson
    Camille Di Maio is one of the freshest new voices in historical fiction, melding facts and fiction into heartfelt stories. New York City in the early 20th century is the backdrop for this wonderful story of love and family. The book centers around Vera and Alice, mother and daughter, who are both passionate women, driven by their dreams in a world that is ever-changing. The author did a great job of putting the reader into that setting, with the ...
  • Marisa
    When a book completely moves you and motivates you to make a difference or be a better person you know it's going to be one of the best. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher. All thoughts for this review are my own. THE WAY OF BEAUTY follows the lives and dreams of three remarkable women: Vera, Pearl and Alice as they navigate their lives in New York City. Vera, young at heart and a natural, loving mother starts her story as a you...
  • Jen
    Camille Di Maio’s books never fail to move me. Her talent for historical fiction has enraptured me from her very first book. The Way of Beauty is no different. Starting at the turn of the century and then the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement, we follow the life of Vera, and later her daughter Alice, as they live and grow through these changing times. Choices they make and the lives they lead will have a butterfly effect that will sh...
  • Christine Moore
    This was an absolutely beautiful read from the beginning until the end. I was sad to see it end. From the early 1900's until the early 1960's, the story follows Vera and her daughter Alice. Vera is so very strong and brave. Vera is the daughter of German immigrants and their life is far from easy. This story is so wonderfully written you feel as if you are part of the story The descriptions are so beautiful you see everything clearly. It is a sto...
  • Annette
    I’m probably going to gush, I loved this book that much! It is beautifully written and the characters become friends. I learned quite a bit about women’s right to vote and the consequences that went along with that. This story had it all, privilege, poverty, and the suffragette movement. This story made me want to learn more about the things written in it. There is everything in this story, love, friendship and family. I’ve never been to NY...
  • Jenny Belk
    The setting is New York City-Penn Station. 1912. Things are changing in this bustling city. The women's Suffrage movement is in full force. In this moving tale of love, sacrifice, and determination, the characters are swept up in the changes around them. Their lives will change in surprising ways. Each will blaze their own future. The web of characters is spun beautifully and you will quickly become attached to each of them. Ultimately it is a bo...