Tennessee Celeste Claflin(1845–1923)
Beguiling Youngest Sister and Partner
True clairvoyant and medium, keenly intelligent yet uneducated, the youngest sister of Victoria and constant business partner combined a unique sexual charisma with instinctual street smarts. It was said that she could stupefy any man simply by crossing his path.
At age twenty-four Tennie C. became the paramour of the Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, age seventy-four, the richest man in post-civil war America. Working together, Victoria, Tennie C., and the Agents of Vanderbilt promoted the Gold Scandal of 1869, which brought the United States economy and financial markets to the brink of total collapse.
Later in life, Tennessee married one of the wealthiest men in all of England, Francis Cook, Viscount of Montserrat, Portugal. Within months of their marriage, Queen Victoria created a Cook Baronetcy. As the wife of an English Baronet, Claflin would thereafter have been correctly styled “Lady Cook, Viscountess of Montserrat.” She lived out her days as a queen at her Moorish, arabesque style castle in Sintra, near Lisbon, Portugal, and at her several other homes throughout Europe.
During her long life, she confided to Victoria that only one man had captured her heart, the Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt.
2016 Winner of three Gold Medals: IBPA Ben Franklin, Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book by a Publisher, the IPPY Award for Best Historical Fiction, and Gold Medal for Historical Fiction/Personage by Reader's Favorite. Other Awards: Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Second Place winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Fiction, Best New Fiction in the International Book Awards for 2016, Finalist in two categories Independent Author Network Book of the Year, Chantecleer Goethe Award Finalist, Shelf Unbound Notable 100, and one of IndieReader's Best Books of 2016.