Kathleen's latest novel was influenced greatly by her fascination with the Victoria and Albert Museum and a friend's challenge. Meeting fellow writer Annabel Giles in London she was handed a fragile shoebox. It was from the 1930's and contained a pair of tiny, silver mesh dancing shoes, a photograph of a handsome sailor, a beautiful Tiffany bracelet and an old badge from a girl's boarding school. That was the beginning of The Debutante which begs the question, "Can the secrets of one woman's past change another woman's future?".
A good deal of the novel centers in and around Endsleigh House.(Ever notice how English novels revolve around their estates? Jane Eyre? Wuthering Heights? See what I mean?) The old English manor at one time housed a pair of famous society sisters, debutantes Diane "Baby" and Irene Blythe. They were young, beautiful, wealthy and were all the rage between the two world wars. What's more, the press adored them. Some things never change.
Our modern day heroine Cate, a talented and beautiful young artist from NY in desperate need of a fresh start and working in her aunt's auction house, discovers a shoebox belonging to one of the sisters and containing a pair of silk dancing shoes, a diamond brooch, a photograph of a handsome sailor and a beautiful pearl and emerald necklace from Tiffany's. Cate determines to solve the mystery of the shoebox and finds herself immersed in the story of Baby Blythe, a beauty with a destructive side not unlike her own. As Cate discovers the truth about the Blythe sisters, she courageously confronts her own truth.
Oh. Did I mention Jack? The convertible driving hottie who works for Aunt Rachel's auction house? Well, The Debutante features not only intrigue and a crumbly old house filled with antiques (We bloggers love that don't we!), there is a good amount of chemistry between Cate and the before mentioned Jack. Now who doesn't love a good romance?
The Debutante is a great read that pushes all the right buttons. It would make a fabulous Fall selection for those of you with book clubs.
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