With this book, I simply could not stop reading.  I had never really heard of Marjorie Post, (Post Cereal and General Foods) but was hooked on every word.  If you are into women empowerment, this is the book for you.  Read the inspirational intro and stellar reviews for this incredible book on a legacy more women need to know about. 

 

Mrs. Post, the President and First Lady are here to see you. . . . So begins another average evening for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Presidents have come and gone, but she has hosted them all. Growing up in the modest farmlands of Battle Creek, Michigan, Marjorie was inspired by a few simple rules: always think for yourself, never take success for granted, and work hard—even when deemed American royalty, even while covered in imperial diamonds. Marjorie had an insatiable drive to live and love and to give more than she got. From crawling through Moscow warehouses to rescue the Tsar’s treasures to outrunning the Nazis in London, from serving the homeless of the Great Depression to entertaining Roosevelts, Kennedys, and Hollywood’s biggest stars, Marjorie Merriweather Post lived an epic life few could imagine.

 

Marjorie’s journey began with gluing cereal boxes in her father’s barn as a young girl. No one could have predicted that C. W. Post’s Cereal Company would grow into the General Foods empire and reshape the American way of life, with Marjorie as its heiress and leading lady. Not content to stay in her prescribed roles of high-society wife, mother, and hostess, Marjorie dared to demand more, making history in the process. Before turning thirty she amassed millions, becoming the wealthiest woman in the United States. But it was her life force, advocacy, passion, and adventurous spirit that led to her stunning legacy.

 

And yet Marjorie’s story, though full of beauty and grandeur, set in the palatial homes she built such as Mar-a-Lago, was equally marked by challenge and tumult. A wife four times over, Marjorie sought her happily-ever-after with the blue-blooded party boy who could not outrun his demons, the charismatic financier whose charm turned to betrayal, the international diplomat with a dark side, and the bon vivant whose shocking secrets would shake Marjorie and all of society. Marjorie did everything on a grand scale, especially when it came to love.

 

Bestselling and acclaimed author Allison Pataki has crafted an intimate portrait of a larger-than-life woman, a powerful story of one woman falling in love with her own voice and embracing her own power while shaping history in the process.

 

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Reviews:

 

NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Marvelous . . . I just had to be there with the Post cereal heiress through every twist and turn.”—Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls


“New-money heiress Marjorie Post isn’t content to remain a society bride as she remakes herself into a savvy entrepreneur, a visionary philanthropist, a presidential hostess, and much more.”—Kate Quinn,
New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

 

“This marvelous novel kept me up way past my bedtime. I just had to be there with the Post cereal heiress through every twist and turn.” – Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls

 

“Allison Pataki takes the reader on a luxurious ride filled with jet-setting locales and opulent mansions, while deftly revealing how Marjorie Post’s humble beginnings fed her desire to become a new kind of heiress, forging her own way through the world and keenly aware of her legacy.” – Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

 

“With remarkable expertise, Allison Pataki has given literary voice to this legendary and remarkable historical figure. Here is an intriguing plunge into the very soul of a woman who walked both the hard and the beautiful roads of life and deserves to be remembered. The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post is transportive fiction at its best!” – Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

 

“A character study of a larger-than-life character whose truth was most certainly stranger than fiction, and whose influence can still be felt today.” – Town & Country

 

“A deliciously dishy deep dive into the storied life of one of America’s uncrowned society queens . . . New-money heiress Marjorie Post isn’t content to remain a society bride, and she bursts glass ceiling after glass ceiling as she remakes herself into a savvy entrepreneur, a visionary philanthropist, a presidential hostess, and much, much more. Allison Pataki brings a towering legend to life with warmth, wit, and clear admiration for a woman ahead of her time.” – Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

 

“The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post is a richly detailed and impeccably researched triumph. Historical fiction readers will love this immersive and sweeping tribute to the fascinating Marjorie Merriweather Post.” – Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

 

“Allison Pataki has written a fascinating novel about one of Washington’s most formidable female figures.” – Nancy Rubin Stuart, author of American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

 

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Link to Amazon:

 

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post – Amazon

 

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About the Author:

 

Allison Pataki is a New York Times Bestselling author with a passion for telling the stories of leading ladies lost in history. Her debut novel, The Traitor’s Wife, came out in 2014 and her second novel, The Accidental Empress, came out in February 2015. Allison’s third New York Times Bestseller, Sisi: Empress on Her Own, hit shelves March 2016. In 2017 her fourth historical novel, Where the Light Falls, was published. Beauty in the Broken Places was released in 2019, a Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience. In May 2019 she published her first children’s book, Nelly Takes New York. Her latest and fifth historical novel, The Queens Fortune, released February 2020 and her second children’s book, Poppy Takes Paris released May of 2020. Her new book The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Postcame out in early 2022. Her next historical fiction novel, FINDING MARGARET FULLER, will hit the shelves in March of 2024

 

A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News and other outlets. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Good Day New York, Good Day Chicago and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.