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Summary

New York in the roaring '20s - a time for love, secrets and scandal...

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue - a beautiful socialite of a certain age - has done the unthinkable: she's fallen in love with her young lover, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. But though times are changing, divorce for a woman of Theresa's wealth and social standing is out of the question.

When Theresa's bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the youngest daughter of a newly wealthy inventor, Theresa enlists her lover to present the family's diamond rose ring to pretty ingénue Miss Sophie Fortescue - and to check into the background of this little-known family. Yet even as he uncovers a shocking secret, Octavian falls under Sophie's spell....

Divided loyalties and dangerous revelations lead to a shocking transgression, and eventually Theresa must make a choice that will change them all forever.

©2016 Beatriz Williams (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A world filled with elegance, charm, and bygone manners.... No-one does it better than Beatriz." (Jane Green)
"Full of wit, romance, and surprising twists." (Popsugar)

Praise for Beatriz Williams:
"Definitely worth squeezing into your hand luggage." (Red)
"Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge...a perfect storm." (Good Housekeeping)
"A fantastic summer read." (Hello)
"Delightful and rewarding from an author to watch." (We Love This Book)
"Williams' historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read." [RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)]
"[A] fast-paced love story...the scorching sun illuminates a friend's betrayal and reignites a romance." (O, the Oprah Magazine)
"A candidate for this year's best beach read - the period story of a derailed love affair seen through a sequence of summers." (Kirkus Book Reviews)

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