A sweeping story of love and ambition from England to the Manhattan of the 1920s and 1940s by the author of A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
1918, England. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora's life. Rather than secretly making cosmetics in her father's chemist shop to sell to army nurses such as Joan, her adventurous Australian friend, Leo hopes to now display her wares openly. Instead, Spanish flu arrives in the village, claiming her father's life. Determined to start over, she boards a ship to New York City. On the way she meets debonair department store heir Everett Forsyth . . . In Manhattan, Leo works hard to make her cosmetics dream come true, but she's a woman alone with a small salary and a society that deems make-up scandalous.
1939, New York City. Everett's daughter, Alice, a promising ballerina, receives a mysterious letter inviting her to star in a series of advertisements for a cosmetics line. If she accepts she will be immortalized like dancers such as Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Ginger Rogers. Why, then, are her parents so quick to forbid it?
HER MOTHER'S SECRET is the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society's disapproval.
'[Lester's] engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market.' Herald Sun
'If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book' SALLY HEPWORTH
'Had me at page one. This book should come with a 'Do Not Disturb' sign' VANESSA CARNEVALE
'Lester's storytelling is truly captivating; her voice an essential addition to Australian fiction' AUSROM TODAY
'the vivid detail of the narrative has the ring of authenticity and is utterly compelling' Good Reading
'A delightful and multi-faceted romp through the jazz era ... Her Mother's Secret is a sweeping historical saga about an inspiring woman tackling society's expectations head on, war paint and all' NATALIE SALVO
'Hot on the heels of her well-deserved success with A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald, [Lester] again offers readers a strong-willed, determined heroine whose journey is as interesting, as it is inspiring' JODI GIBSON
Praise for A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD:
'Loving A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald - it's wonderful!" KATE FORSYTH
'I love this book' RACHAEL JOHNS
'Stunning. Will have you captivated' LIZ BYRSKI
'If you're mad about the roaring twenties and all things Gatsby, this romance will have you enchanted' Woman's Day
'At the novel's heart is the sparkling Evie, an endearing combination of intelligence, determination and naivety' West Australian
'Wonderful. I love this author. You will not be disappointed' SALLY HEPWORTH
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This historical romance, set between World War I and World War II, is a meticulously researched period piece with a determined female protagonist. After the death of her chemist father, Leonora—not one to be cowed by a society that tut-tuts about proper roles for women—decides to pursue her dream of creating a cosmetics line. Upon moving from England to New York, she faces challenges both professional and personal (enter Everett, a wealthy aristocrat). With colour, movement, intrigue and a cast of engaging characters, Her Mother’s Secret is an escapist adventure.