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, Fiction

Reviews The Way of Beauty

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Vera Keller was in love with Angelo since she scraped her knee as a child and fell in front of his newspaper stand.Vera thought she would one day be his wife, but realized that her station in life most likely would prevent that from happening. Her father worked as a Sandhog with men that built the underground train tunnels, and her mother worked in a garment factory. Both jobs ruined her parents' health and their lives. Vera grew up, and when she...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5Words really cannot express just how much I loved The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio. This is a heartfelt historical fiction novel that really pulls at the heartstrings.The Way of Beauty mainly tells the story of Vera and her daughter Alice, but also other people that are connected with their lives. There are quite a few main characters, but not in a confusing way (and we only see things from Vera and Alice's POVs). The book ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Thank you Get Red PR and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of The Way of Beauty in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.A historical romance that grabbed my heart from the first few pages. Camille Di Maio crafts a beautiful story about love, family, heartache and the women’s fight for the right to vote. The author brings Penn Station back to life where the story intersects.This is a generational family story in which I completely adore...
  • Lisa Montanaro
    This beauty of a book does not disappoint! Loved the story line, which featured three strong female protagonists. It’s historical fiction and the backdrop is wonderful. NYC from WWI to WWII. Pennsylvania Station is a big part of the setting. Several love stories play out, as well as friendships. With missed opportunities, passionate causes such as the suffragist movement and saving architectural gems, family dynamics, love, and some intrigue to...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    #FirstLine The stone birds stood at attention, as they had for more than fifty years. Wow, this book is something else. A story that spans generations and has so many characters, all of which are each compelling in their own ways, is quite a treat. Di Maio is a force in historical fiction and takes history and makes it very personal to the reader, regardless of the readers previous knowledge of the story manner. She is able to flesh out the chara...
  • 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...
  • Corinne Bennett
    Vera is a German immigrant who has always loved Angelo, but ends up brokenhearted when he turns out to be engaged. Angelo marries Pearl, a young, fiery suffragette who will stop at nothing to gain votes for women. As Vera begins to nanny Pearl's son, she also rallies behind the suffragette cause. Pearl is often away due to her work, which pulls Vera toward the life she always desired: becoming Angelo's wife. Will she give into her temptation, or ...
  • 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...
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    If you enjoy historical fiction and love old buildings/landmarks, you will want to read this book! This story spans several generations and starts in the early 1900's and ends in the 1960's and encompasses two world wars, the women's suffragette movement and love. I especially enjoyed learning about Penn Station (which was torn down in the 60's) and how it impacted the lives of our characters. It was a central focus for various reasons and I thin...
  • 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...
  • Jessica
    Turn-of-the-century New York City is the home of many immigrant families trying to make it on their own in a bustling city that doesn’t always look out for the average person. Vera Keller is the daughter of one of those immigrant families and grows up watching her parents try to make ends meet by digging train tunnels and working long hours in poorly manned factories. When her mother dies she meets Angelo, an older boy working at his father’s...
  • Ruthie Jones
    The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio is more than a romance, more than an historical fiction, and more than a family saga. The Way of Beauty is a literary journey through a minefield of love, heartache, social justice (and injustice), poverty, choices, patience, secrets, and family. This story comes in two parts: Vera and then her daughter, Alice. Even though the end of Part 1 is sudden and startling, it works. You blink, and it’s twenty years ...
  • 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...
  • A.J. Banner
    A beautifully written, expansive novel spanning the first 63 years of twentieth century New York, weaving in two poignant and bittersweet love stories with two world wars, the ebb and flow of cultural norms and values, and the balance between progress and tradition. Meticulously researched, The Way of Beauty is a fascinating homage to history, reminding us that nobody exists in a vacuum. Everything about our lives comes from the past and leans to...
  • 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...
  • Tasha Seegmiller
    Some of my earliest favorite women were Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, so it wasn't really surprising that I found myself drawn toward this story from the moment I heard of the concept. But the way that everything was created, in the heartfelt, quality fashion I've come to adore about Di Maio, pulled me into the story ever further, and held my heart for the whole book. It's a brilliant story about powerful women who demonstrate their...