Ablaze against the bustle of nineteenth-century Philadelphia is this sweeping saga of three generations of strong, indomitable women – all seemingly cursed when it comes to love. At its center is young Lilly Armstrong, a beauty on the brink of womanhood, too brave and too fearless to settle for the status quo. In a booming city animated by inventors, builders and artists, and now excited for the great Centennial Exhibition, Lilly aspires to carve out a life of independent freedom for herself and her women kin – lives not dependent on men.
But of course there is a man – a man who admires Lilly, who thinks like she does and who would move heaven and earth to help Lilly realize her dreams.
With the guidance of her quietly resilient mother and the unexpected aid of her estranged and powerful grandmother – and despite the foolish meddling of her shallow and ambitious sister – Lilly is determined to lead her family of women into the challenge of the next century on her own terms, forging an empire that will survive for generations.
Lilly intends for her family to have it all, not the least of which is enduring love.
Fans of VIRGIN RIVER will enjoy this timeless novel of new beginnings, untamable passion and all-redeeming love.
Praise for Robyn Carr's historicals:
"A remarkable storyteller...the plot moves swiftly and cleverly. A well-told tale." -Library Journal
"This is no routine romance...Carr presents a personal, inside view of life...in historically accurate detail. A reader's delight." -Bestsellers
"Thanks to sophisticated character development and elegantly simple prose, Carr deftly handles the themes of betrayal, envy, greed and the psychological patterns that recur over generations." -Publishers Weekly
Set in 19th-century Philadelphia, this complex historical romance follows three generations of women in the Main Line Armstrong family as they are propelled into independence by the men, good and bad, in their lives. Emily, the mother of two girls, is abandoned when the marriage for which she defied her social class collapses. Learning working-class survival skills, she becomes a respectable boarding-house proprietor, but still must cope with her daughters' coming-of-age. Patsy is determined to wed wealthily whatever the cost, and pays a high price; Lilly finds male support for her entrepreneurial undertaking, the building of a luxury hotel. Reconciled with her wealthy mother, Emily deals with the willfulness of her daughters, and with her own sexual awakening. Carr ( Tempted ) evokes a city brimming with the rich and famous, who are often cruel and greedy, as she depicts interesting women, survivors of the various rebellions that shaped their lives.