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.
About the Author
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for cosmetic company L'Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald in 2016.
The Age described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent" and her work been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
I love this book - RACHAEL JOHNS on A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
Stunning. Will have you captivated - LIZ BYRSKI on A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
If you're mad about the roaring twenties and all things Gatsby, this romance will have you enchanted - Woman's Day on A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
[Lester's] engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market. - The Herald Sun
I'm calling it, Natasha Lester is our generation's Louisa May Alcott. - Tess Woods
A thoughtful and engaging read, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald
explores the true meaning of sacrifice and the importance of maintaining one's integrity in the face of adversity. - Books+Publishing
You will love this book - SALLY HEPWORTH
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