Spend a season in glamorous 1895 Newport in this compelling tale of friendship, devotion, and sacrificial love.New York dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli befriends socialite Rowena Langdon as she's designing her 1895 summer wardrobe. Grateful for Lucy's skill in creating fashions that hide her physical injury, Rowena invites Lucy to the family mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, encouraging the unusual friendship.
One day Lucy encounters an intriguing man on the Cliff Walk, and love begins to blossom. Yet Lucy resists, for what Newport man would want to marry an Italian dressmaker working to support her family?
Rowena faces an arranged marriage to a wealthy heir she doesn't love, but dare a crippled girl hope for anything better?
And Lucy's teenage sister, Sofia, falls for a man well above her social class--but is he willing to give up everything to marry a woman below his station?
As the lives of three young woman--and their unlikely suitors--become entangled in a web of secrets and sacrifice, will the season end with any of them finding true happiness?
My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found the characters believable and interesting. I enjoy reading about good things happening to good people. This book had enough plot twists and excitment to keep me reading. I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the various dresses and finery the ladies were making and was surprised to find drawings of some of these same dresses shown in the appendix. I would recommend this book to others.
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