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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Her Mother's Secret
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'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?

Her Mother's Secret is the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society's disapproval.' (Publication summary)


  • Other formats: Also large print.
  • Other formats: Also dyslexic edition

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2017 .
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      Extent: 368p.
      • Published 28th March 2017
      ISBN: 9780733634659
Last amended 5 Sep 2017 07:52:34
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    United Kingdom (UK),
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • New York (City), New York (State),
    United States of America (USA),
  • 1918
  • 1939
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