A sweeping story of love and ambition from England to the Manhattan of the 1920s and 1940s by the author of THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS
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.
'If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book' SALLY HEPWORTH
'Had me at page one. This book should come with a 'Do Not Disturb' sign' VANESSA CARNEVALE
'Lester's storytelling is truly captivating; her voice an essential addition to Australian fiction' AUSROM TODAY
'the vivid detail of the narrative has the ring of authenticity and is utterly compelling' Good Reading
'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' NATALIE SALVO
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
[Lester's] engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market. - Herald Sun
I'm calling it, Natasha Lester is our generation's Louisa May Alcott. - Tess Woods
Australian author Natasha Lester is adept at immersing readers in the lives of characters from a bygone era. - Courier-Mail
This slice of romantic fiction also stars a strong female heroine who dreams of making her own cosmetics in a place that is undeniably a man's world, New York City during the roaring twenties. What follows is a story brimming with as many layers as the war paint itself. - 100% Rock Magazine
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.
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive 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, Her Mother's Secret in 2017 and the Top 10 Australian and international bestsellers The Paris Seamstress in 2018 and The French Photographer in 2019. 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 www.natashalester.com.au, follow her on Twitter @Natasha_Lester, or Instagram (natashalesterauthor), or join the readers who have become Natasha's friend on Facebook.