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Summary

Decadent and evocative storytelling at its very best, by New York Times best seller Beatriz Williams.

Florida, 1966.

Pepper Schuyler is the kind of woman society loves and loves to talk about - a dazzling being whom men watch across crowded, smoky rooms and women keep their husbands away from. Yet the legend of Pepper is far from the truth....

Côte d'Azur, 1935.

Nineteen-year-old ingénue Annabelle de Créouville leaves her father's crumbling chateau to help a handsome German Jew fleeing from the Nazi regime - and from the other man with whom Annabelle's future is inextricably entangled. Falling headlong in love as is only possible for the first time, Annabelle follows her heart from Antibes to Paris to prewar Berlin, torn between two very different men and two very different endings....

©2015 Beatriz Williams (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A world filled with elegance, charm, and bygone manners.... No-one does it better than Beatriz." (Jane Green)
"Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge...a perfect storm." (Good Housekeeping)
"Williams' historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read." (RT Book Reviews)
"[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)
"Williams conjures up another substantive beach read steeped in history and familial intrigue.... Readers will love wallowing in the twists and turns of this irresistibly luxurious tale." (Booklist)

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