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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

Her Mother's Secret

Natasha Lester

14 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical romance

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.

'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

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Praise for Her Mother's Secret

  • I love this book - RACHAEL JOHNS, bestselling author of THE PATTERSON GIRLS 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

  • The author has historical fiction down to a fine art - Reading, Writing and Riesling

  • the vivid detail of the narrative has the ring of authenticity and is utterly compelling - Good Reading

  • You will love this book - SALLY HEPWORTH

  • A delightful and multi-faceted romp through the jazz era ... Her Mother's Secret is a sweeping historical saga about an inspiring woman tackling society's expectations head on, war paint and all - 100% Rock Magazine


  • 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

  • a captivating read that celebrates the determination of women - Sam Still Reading

  • 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

  • [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

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Reader reviews (1)

  • 4.5 Stars It has been quite awhile since I've picked up a historical romance, and Her Mother's Secret did not dissapoint. Natasha Lester has created a beautiful and emotional tale of sacrifice, heartbreak and love. Underlying this story of perseverance and following your dreams, is an engaging and captivating tale with details of this era interwoven and wonderfully and vividly described. Leonora 'Leo' is an incredibly endearing, resilient, tenacious, and determined character. She faces many hardships and heartbreak throughout this story and her strength of character, kept me completely enthralled. I read this book in one sitting and look forward to reading more of Ms. Lester's work in the future.

    kathryn linke

    Rated 5
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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 and Her Mother's Secret in 2017. The Age described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent" and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.

In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth. For all the latest news from Natasha, visit, follow her on Twitter @Natasha_Lester, or Instagram (natashalesterauthor), or join the readers who have become Natasha's friend on Facebook.