By Anna Godbersen

The yr is 1929. ny is governed by way of the intense younger issues: flappers and socialites looking thrills and chasing goals within the anything-goes period of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia gray escaped their small Midwestern city for brand spanking new York's glittering city. All Letty desires is to work out her identify in lighting, yet she speedy discovers big apple is stuffed with beautiful women who will do anything to be a celebrity. . . .

Cordelia is trying to find the daddy she's by no means recognized, a guy as notorious for his wild events as he's for his shadowy schemes. in a single day, she enters an international extra exciting and glamorous than she ever may have imagined—and extra harmful. It's a existence someone may kill for . . . and somebody will.

The merely individual Cordelia can belief is ­Astrid Donal, a flapper who turns out to have all of it: cash, appears to be like, and the affection of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. yet Astrid's excellent veneer hides a ranking of kinfolk secrets.

Across the mammoth lawns of ny, within the ­illicit speakeasies of ny, and at the blindingly lit levels of Broadway, the 3 girls' fortunes will upward push and fall—together and aside. From the New York Times bestselling writer of The Luxe comes an epic new sequence set within the dizzying final summer season of the Jazz Age.

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She kept jesters and dwarves for entertainment and an army of servants, cooks, and kitchen maids. Everyone had a duty. Mine was to help Emme and Frances care for the queen’s clothing. When I first entered the wardrobe, a room twice as large as the maids’ dormitory, my eyes could not take in everything it contained. There were cupboards with separate drawers for bodices, stomachers, coifs, gloves, and hats. Dozens of pantofles, overshoes with thick cork soles, lined the shelves. I counted fifty-one bodices and eighty skirts on rows of hooks before I gave up, my head spinning.

They were bright and pale. She smiled and it was like the sun beaming from behind a cloud. I no longer saw graying hair against her cheek. I saw the woman on horseback who had once ridden through Winchester, ageless and beautiful. Gratitude welled up in me and I knew I would love the queen, even worship her, as long as she ruled. I would do whatever she commanded me. Whitehall Palace was a bustling, crowded place. Besides six maids and a dozen ladies-in-waiting, the queen employed more than fifty grooms, footmen, and handsome guards known as Gentlemen Pensioners.

It sickened me to read of so many men and women suffering death at the stake, their flesh broiled in the fire until the fat dripped from their bones. I put the book away. Neither the queen nor anyone else had taken note of my study. Or so I thought. One day while I waited upon Elizabeth at her table, she asked me why I no longer read the Book of Martyrs. I nearly spilled the soup I was serving her. ” “Nothing escapes my eyes,” she said evenly. “I approve of the good Mr. Foxe. ” Under her gaze I could not craft a flattering reply, so I blurted out the simple truth.

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