The New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow crafts “an enchanting glimpse of Jazz Age New York” (Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train) about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame.
New York, 1924: Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid all distractions and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.
But Jenny’s past has followed her there. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.
As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone else knows about Jenny’s childhood trauma.
Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.
“This fast-paced mystery, star-crossed romance, and love letter to Louis Comfort Tiffany will captivate Rose’s many fans and readers of 20th-century historical fiction” (Library Journal, starred review).
News of the real-life 1957 fire that destroyed Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's mansion on Long Island, prompts Jenny Bell, the narrator of this intriguing, supernaturally tinged historical from bestseller Rose (The Library of Light and Shadow), to recall her time at Laurelton, where she "came of age as both a woman and a painter." Flash back to Manhattan in the spring of 1924. Minx Deering, the spoiled daughter of a shipping magnate father and a socialite mother, takes aspiring artist Jenny under her wing. That relationship leads to an opportunity for Jenny to spend two months at Laurelton, where she's obliged to be only engaged in her host's "quest for beauty." Jenny's complex backstory deepens the familiar contours of a young woman's finding love and professional purpose. Rose artfully reveals, in stages, how Jenny was shaped by the death of her stepfather, an abusive cleric, who was accidentally pushed to his death by her mother. The paranormal aspect ominous messages from a Ouija board is unobtrusive. The multifaceted Jenny will strike Rose fans as her best creation yet.