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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Library of Light and Shadow crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel - a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame.

New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall. 

But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson. 

As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her. 

Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.

©2018 M. J. Rose (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

“A lush, romantic historical mystery...a heroine to root for.” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times best-selling author of The Nightingale

“Fascinating…an enchanting glimpse of Jazz Age New York.” (Christina Baker Kline, number one New York Times best-selling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

 “[M.J. Rose] transports the reader into the past better than a time machine could accomplish” (The Associated Press).  

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A book that needs recognition!

I loved this book from start to finish. From the very beginning I was pulled into the story of Jenny a girl gifted but damaged from her past. One of the things that M.J. does so well is develop her characters with an ease that just melts in the story. It’s like you really don’t realize it but you are right there with them. I love her books and her writing style is spot on. I love Tavia Gilbert’s narration. It was a win win for me to have two great artists come together and give me a wonderful rainy Sunday listen.

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Terrible narration

The overly dramatic performance made the story disappear. Just read the damn book. Please and thank you

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  • sophiek
  • 10-30-18

Interesting story but too much winging

I found the storyline intriguing. It became apparent from the start who was involved in all the plotting against the main character. The performances were mostly good. What I didn’t like was the main character’s too dramatic hue of voice and that it sounded as winging every time she spoke. I will definitely consider listening another book from same presenter.
Again that’s my personal view and other people may find it acceptable. Happy listening.