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Release day: Her Mother’s Secret

28 March 2017

Today is the official release of Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester (ebook and paperback, Hachette Australia). Here’s the blurb:

Her Mother’s Secret is the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society’s disapproval, a sweeping story of love and ambition that moves 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?

Natasha dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I was inspired to write Her Mother’s Secret, which is a story about one woman’s dream to make cosmetics that women are able to buy and wear openly, by my own experience of working for cosmetics company L’Oreal Paris. I was the Marketing Manager for Maybelline and one of the oft-repeated tales around the company was about a girl called Mabel who wanted darker lashes to impress her date and whose brother mixed her up a concoction of lampblack and Vaseline, thus creating the first Maybelline mascara. It was, of course, only available to buy via mail order as mascara was considered far too scandalous to sell in department stores. I wanted to write about that time of change for women, and I wanted to write about a woman who was at the forefront of that change, a woman who had the courage to push back against a society that saw fit to tell women what they could and could not do.

You can find out more about this book at Natasha’s website or buy it from Hachette Australia.

The publisher has three copies to give away to ARRA members. To go in the draw, simply comment on this post. (The giveaway closed on 11 April. The winners were Jodie Woodward, Lyn Williams and Alyssa Mackay.)

  1. 4 April 2017 1:00 pm

    Loved A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald, so can’t wait to read Her Mother’s Secret. Love the cover and the inspiration that prompted the story. Love fiction weaved around a fact/historical event.

  2. Lynette williams permalink
    30 March 2017 7:54 am

    Congratulations on the release Lyn W

  3. Lynette williams permalink
    29 March 2017 9:36 am

    Another book for my TBR pile LynW

  4. Malvina permalink
    29 March 2017 7:54 am

    What a fascinating slice of history! Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on this fabbo looking new release.

  5. 28 March 2017 4:46 pm

    Such an interesting story! I love the unique storyline, haven’t read anything like this before.

  6. 28 March 2017 3:55 pm

    Congratulations Natasha on this wonderful story taking flight into the wide world. What a fabulous premise, in extraordinary times and places you’ve set up. I cannot wait to read it.
    Best wishes. Jay.

  7. 28 March 2017 2:42 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book. Winning a copy would make me very happy.

  8. 28 March 2017 1:44 pm

    Happy publication day! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  9. Melissa permalink
    28 March 2017 12:17 pm

    Happy relase day Natasha. Your cover is stunning and the inspiration behind your story fascinating.

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