Her new book bravely draws on personal tragedy to redefine the idea of “Identity Thriller”.
A first glance there is nothing about Deborah Goodrich Royce that would belie the colorful and varied tapestry she has woven from her life’s experiences.
As an owner–along with her husband–of one of the country’s most famed seaside resorts, Rhode Island’s “Ocean House” her normal day is already full. Today she breezes through the lobby in a light blue and white sundress casually greeting staff and club members prior to sitting down for our interview. Perhaps most noticeable as we take our seats in the Veuve Clicquot “Secret Garden,” is her utter lack of pretention and a sense that she has the world-her world-perfectly under control.
The new book, “Reef Road” draws upon the calm outward exterior that she exudes and delves into a world inspired by personal, traumatic events. In it, she has created a detailed, layered work of fiction that will have readers griping their seats. Amazon says: “In a nod to the true crime that inspired it, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Reef Road probes unhealed generational scars in a wrenching and original work of fiction. It is both stunning and sexy and, like a bystander surprised by a curtain left open, you won’t be able to look away.
I had the pleasure of spending nearly and hour speaking with Deborah on the hotel deck with expansive views of the Atlantic and passing rain showers creating a unique and mysterious mood suitable for discussing a murder mystery. In that brief time, she impressed me not only with the depth and candor of the personal elements she brings to the book but her deep and thorough understanding of the craft of authorship. Her energy is ever present and she is especially animated when she speaks of her life, travels and most of all her family.
The entire interview is a “must see”
also see upcoming events with Deborah Goodrich Royce :
A CONVERSATION WITH ZIBBY OWENS ABOUT HER MEMOIR, BOOKENDS August 31st
The Preservation Society in newport Rhode Island organized a special visit with the Lady Fiona Carnarvon to give her history and accounts of her experience through the filming of Julian fellows HBO series “Downton Abbey” . Every unique lunch, dinner and gala package offered by the Preservation Society SOLD OUT. Each offered a personalized conversation of the Highclere history, including past owners, what it is like to run a the 300 room estate, the creation of the sustainable farm to bring health back to animals and ultimately humans, the inspiration behind the award winning Highclere Castle Gin and much much more all documented here in this recording.
Lady Carnarvon was very down to earth in her tennis shoes and linen clothes. She was funny, witty and full of life. Some interesting take aways from her question and answer presentation below are that the Highclere tours are “an experience not a visit.”, “Highclere is about the bones not the stones” meaning they are people centric and want focus on making people happy and want them to fall in love with Highclere, The filming was a “fortunate, serendipitous collaboration” Highclere highlights then vs now photos
Learn about how many staff it takes to run Highclere then vs now and so much more:
June 9th 2022 In advance of her visit, Trudy Coxe and Lady Carnarvon discuss the joys and challenges of maintaining a 300-room castle with 1,200 years of history and more than 1,000 acres of landscape. The wife of Geordie, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and the comparisons of running the preservation society estates and the Highclare Castle
Lady Carnarvon began her career as an author by writing the guidebook to Highclere and a guide to the Egyptian exhibition which transported visitors back to Ancient Egypt. Lady Carnarvon has written two historical books, “Lady Almina”, a New York Times Bestseller, which covers First World War when Highclere was actually a hospital and “Lady Catherine” which looks at the twenties and thirties and the Second World War through the real inhabitants, both upstairs and downstairs. These contain fascinating comparisons and similarities with “Downton Abbey”. Her last bestseller, “At Home at Highclere,” is a coffee table book which documents an insight into life at Highclere Castle. Food is a key theme throughout the book, having played an important social role in the lives of the Earls of Carnarvon bringing people together, and Lady Carnarvon includes some favourite recipes from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
Her latest book, “Christmas at Highclere: Recipes and Traditions from the Real Downton Abbey” takes you behind the scenes and share the history and the rituals that make my home – Highclere Castle – the most magical place to be throughout the festive season. – website
Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles Wealth Strategy series where we meet, drink 🥂and discuss. 📈. The wealth strategy series was born from a small group expressing our wanting to be more active traders in the stock market. Our first meeting was at 41N looking out onto the yacht filled ocean with wine and hors d’oevre’s sharing our visions of what wealth means to each of us. The NL&L Wealth strategies investment club is one of the philanthropic arms of NL&L. The goal for these series of speakers and meetings is to empower women in the financial market and become more confident, educated, independent, and most importantly, independently wealthy financial investors.
About this event
Caroline Lewis, Managing Partner of Rogue Women’s Fund kicked off the first Wealth Strategies Series at Newport’s historic and prestigious Tennis Hall of Fame. A light lunch was served as Caroline discussed the benefits of venture capital as an investment diversification strategy and the impact and return potential of investing in women-led technology companies.
By 2030, American women are expected to control much of the $30 trillion in financial assets — a potential wealth transfer of such magnitude that it approaches the annual GDP of the United States. Women-led companies represent 46% of all US businesses and is growing at a rate of 112%. However, only 2% of all venture capital dollars are invested in women-led companies. Women are being left out of a massive wealth generating asset class with only 8% of venture partners and 4% of venture fund investors being women.
Caroline Lewis is the Managing Partner of Rogue Women’s Fundand Kauffman Fellow. Caroline joined Rogue Venture Partners in 2018, leading a new strategy to focus on women-led tech companies. Rogue was founded in 2011 and has continually performed in the top quartile for all venture funds – returning ~300% on Funds I and II. In just two years, Rogue Women’s Fund I invested $2MM in 11 companies that have gone on to raise over $30MM, employ over 100 people, and provide a 20% base return to investors. Capitalizing on the success of Fund I – Rogue Women is building towards a larger Fund II to 10x its impact and returns. Caroline currently sits on two non-profit boards and six portfolio company boards.
A special thank you to Curt Meyer for helping to kick off our first guest speaker and organizing the space and speaker before I even realized it was happening. He is a connector who is relationship-focused in his approach to life, to people, and to business. I should have realized he has a degree in communications, because folks, he is witty! But not only does he have great sense of humor and outlook on life he has a strong business acumen with Over 25-years in asset management, and instrumental in the business development of over $6 Billion of assets across the collective industry. 2ndly Curt is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Truscott Partners, LLC which is active in philanthropy and private investments and has invested in many local schools, non-profits and start ups. BUT more importantly – Curt is an avid tennis player, played 4 years of Varsity tennis, is a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame and currently serves on the Advisory Board of The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s youth development program for under privileged children in our community- located at the Canfield house. I am sure we will be seeing you at the annual fundraiser.
Newport’s finest celebrate canine friendly shopping with style.
You don’t have to be a Vanderbilt or a Carnegie to shop like one! That’s the motto, and the attitude of this year’s Bellevue Bow WOW. A one-of-a-kind, dog friendly shopping event that took over Bellevue Avenue last week to the delight of retailers, tourists and all involved.
Newport’s Bellevue Avenue Mansions District took center stage as a dozen local businesswomen and influencers donned their spring finery and held court with their precious pooches along the toney avenue.
Après “dog-walk” the group retired to the veranda at La Forge Restaurant & Casino for glasses of bubbly and a chance to rest weary feet.
Come join Newport’s most fashionable along Bellevue, Spring Street, upper and lower Thames and Broadway for world class shopping that’s easily accessible on either two or four feet.
Newport RI provides a host of family friendly museums, art galleries, food, beverage, and shopping options to satisfy any taste. See you there!
Winter, spring, summer, fall, Newport is a great place to visit and to live. A great way to spend a winter afternoon and capture moments with family and friends is ice skating and hot toddy’s hosted by Gurney’s Resort in Newport.
Grab a hot cider, cozy up to one of the many fire pits and take in the afternoon sun with epic views of Narragansett Bay, two lighthouses and the Newport bridge. When you are ready to warm up you can retire to one of several heated “igloos” for a blanket wrapped bite or head inside to the whisky bar and sample one of the best selections in town.
Join us in all the lifestyle activities here in Newport through the NL&L Courier
We got the GRANDE tour at The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection. It has an entirely new feel. Elegant and dapper with floor to ceiling navy blue in sportsman style. The former mansion built by Alfred Vanderbilt is filled with new and vintage furnishings, custom hand-drawn wallpaper with a modern pop.The property also debuted a new gastronomy and mixology program: a fully reconceptualized signature restaurant, The Dining Room, alongside new menus and eye-catching designs at the resort’s three additional dining destinations; The Conservatory, The Garden, The Roof Deck with views of downtown and the bay.The renovations by SWOON are a must see. It is quickly becoming a vibrant social hub for Newport and is walking distance to downtown.