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England, 1918. 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.
New York City, 1949. 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.
©2017 Natasha Lester (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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By Louise Guy on 04-17-17

Absolutely captivating.

Her Mother's Secret is a wonderful story set predominately in NY in the 1920s. The storyline is cleverly woven and elements of the plot have you waiting and hoping with all of your heart that the circumstances will unfold in certain way. The characters, descriptions and writing are brilliant. I had the same problem when listening to the Audible version of Lester's A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald, I did not want it to end. The narration is excellent; the narrator has a voice that truly engages you. For a number of days I was totally caught up in the world of Leo and her journey during the founding years of the cosmetics industry. Leo's decision making, her courage and her perseverance ensures this story will appeal to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, women's fiction, strong characters and a wonderful storyline. Can't wait for another book from this author.

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By Gina Jones on 05-11-17


This is the second book from Natasha Lester I have listened to. Historical fiction has never been much of an interest to me until I read 'A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald' and then I was hooked.

Leo East is a young woman working in her fathers pharmacy in the early 1900's. Her dream is to create cosmetics that can be easily assessable to women in any society. After the death of her father, she sets out to New York in search of this dream. While on a ship sailing to America, she has a quick romance with Everet Foresight.

Once in New York, her dreams are soon crushed with a society that fights her on every battle. Sacrifices are the only way her cosmetic business, along for herself are the only thing she can do to survive.

It will takes almost twenty years for her to get back the two things she had to give up. Love knows no bounds when we are selfless.

I loved the love story along with the history lesson in cosmetics. A two in one here. The only thing, I felt the time lines jumped to far ahead at times. But I recommend this novel to all.

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By Jean on 08-26-17


Could not put this book down. Beautifully read, and will us her again. Will also need to re-read it in a short while. Thanks.

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By Lisa Bennett on 04-27-17

A truly lovely story

This was beautifully narrated and a delightful love story. If you fancy a gentle story with a feel good factor then this is the one for you

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By davkat on 06-02-17


What a read! This extraordinarily beautiful story will have you hooked from the first page.

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By Lynnette Dyer on 11-27-17

Not really what the title suggests

An interesting history about cosmetics and the right for women to choose them. Otherwise a pretty predictable chic flick of sacrifice and love.

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