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The Debutante

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by Kathleen Tessaro
     
 

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“Kathleen Tessaro writes beautifully.”

—Marian Keyes, author of This Charming Man

 

She brought us Elegance, Innocence, and The Flirt—and now the exceptional Kathleen Tessaro takes contemporary women’s fiction to new heights with The Debutante. The story of a troubled New York artist

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“Kathleen Tessaro writes beautifully.”

—Marian Keyes, author of This Charming Man

 

She brought us Elegance, Innocence, and The Flirt—and now the exceptional Kathleen Tessaro takes contemporary women’s fiction to new heights with The Debutante. The story of a troubled New York artist transplanted to London, where she gets drawn into the strange, secret history of a notorious debutante from the previous century, Tessaro’s novel is a mystery combined with a love story within a poignant tale of a modern young woman’s self-discovery—and readers of Jane Green, Anna Maxted, and Marian Keyes will take it deep into their hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A melancholic, multigenerational romance makes the most of a very tangled web. Cate, an artist who abandoned her talent, heart, and self-respect in New York, washes up in London an emotional wreck in desperate need of work. A temporary gig as an antiques appraiser draws her into the mystery of the beautiful Blythe sisters, recently deceased aristocrat Irene and long-missing Diana, both of whom shocked and fascinated London in the 1930s. And while solving the lives and loves of these dazzling debutantes--their beguiling life and times are recounted in a decade's worth of letters from Diana to her adored sister--Cate and handsome widower Jack pick through their own tortured pasts and discarded loves. Secrets are revealed, wounds are salved, and fears are confronted as Tessaro (The Flirt) nudges this colorful story of scandal, heartbreak, and second chances toward an appropriately sweet conclusion. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Cate Albion returns home from New York to London to take a job with her aunt's estate-appraising business. An artist who had been supporting herself painting reproductions for various rich clients, Cate also needs to escape a soured romantic relationship. Her first assignment is to accompany her aunt's longtime business partner, Jack Coates, on a trip to assess the contents of the house of the recently deceased Lady Avondale, née Irene Blythe, a well-known philanthropist. During the appraisal, Cate uncovers a well-hidden shoe box holding an assortment of unusual items and begins to search for clues about what really happened to Irene and to her sister, Diana, who disappeared in 1941. Interspersed with the present-day story, Tessaro (The Flirt) includes letters from Diana to Irene, dating from 1926 through her disappearance. Tessaro deftly tackles a number of themes—history and politics between the wars, mental illness, class issues, and homosexuality—while embedding them in a suspenseful, romantic story with compelling characters. VERDICT Readers who have enjoyed Penny Vincenzi's historical family sagas will like this well-written, intriguing, and haunting novel.—Beth Blakesley, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061125782
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
386
Sales rank:
283,617
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Tessaro is the author of Elegance, Innocence, The Flirt, and The Debutante. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son.

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The Debutante 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
There are always secrets just waiting to be discovered. Some lie within the confines of letters being mailed discreetly and others in paintings from some undiscovered artist. Some remain behind locked doors, hidden in a long forgotten shoebox with other items waiting to be discovered. When Cate Albion begins working for her aunt Rachel to take a job as a valuer, to an aging yet nostalgic mansion built in the 1920's. Seems it's about to be torn down to make way for a real estate developer to build a high class resort in London. She journeys along with Jack Coates who always prefers to work alone when preparing for an auction, yet Rachel, the owner of Deveraux and Diplock assures him that with two working on the contents of the house will go much quicker than working alone. Jack Coates is still grieving for his wife that he lost tragically two years ago and has subsequently found a passion for being alone in his work. It isn't until he spends three hours in the car with Cate, that he finds himself strangely attracted by her confidence and great looks. What Cate finds behind a locked bedroom door in the Blythe Mansion, known as Endsleigh, is about to take both of them on an unexpected ride that neither of them saw coming. I received the book, The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro, compliments of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I was captivated by the locked bedroom and what secrets the house was holding that I couldn't wait to see how it would all end. I was not disappointed. It took me back in time to a much different way of life in London and back to the present day dealing with the choices that Jack and Cate had made in their lives. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. There are some sexual content in the book and occasional profanity but the book is well worth the story within.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. From the minute the story began I was immersed in the story. This was a last minute purchase by an author I didn't know so I was prepared to be disappointed. Wow! What a very pleasant surprise. The mystery begins with the background of London, a setting that very much compliments and adds to the mystery. The clever way the author took me back in time to the 1930s added to my curiosity regarding a major character. Through out the book the author tells just enough about this character to keep those pages turning. The more I read about this character the the more curious I became and the more impressed I became with the way the author brought this person to life. The present day characters in this story seemed more like a supporting cast, maybe like detectives who discover and shed light on the mystery, making them necessary to the story but the inclusion of their rather soap opera private lives seemed over done, but in spite of this I still think this is a 5 star book because I thought the book as a whole overshadowed this part. This author KNOWS her setting, the history of this setting, the 1930s, all adding to a very enjoyable book. She even includes an old deserted English estate with mysterious hidden treasures!
Kelsey Eagan More than 1 year ago
a great read about love, loss, and new begginings. the present lives of two characters are complimented by retelling of the past and its revelation of secrets. beautiful must read, you are transported into another time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably me, because others enjoed it. Just not my thing.
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I thought the story was good, but it lacked the closure that I think the story needed. Was it Baby Blythe at the nursing home? Was she still alive? Why and how did her sister keep her there? What happened to the baby? Who tore her dress? These are things that I think should have been answered.
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