Two women risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love
only flourishes in truth...
1886. Charlotte Gleason embarks from England with conflicting
emotions. She is headed for New York to marry one of America's
wealthiest heirs--a man she has never even met. When her doubts
gain the upper hand, she swaps identities with her maid Dora. She
wants a chance at "real life," even if it means giving up financial
security. For Charlotte, it's a risk she's willing to take. But what begins
as the whim of a spoiled rich girl becomes a test of survival beyond
her blackest nightmare.
For Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She is thrust into a fairy tale
amid ball gowns and lavish mansions, yet is tormented by the
possibility of discovery--and humiliation. And what of the man who
believes she is indeed his intended? Is this what her heart truly longs
Lucy Scarpelli, an Italian dressmaker from New York, befriends
socialite Rowena Langdon as she's making her summer wardrobe.
It's an unlikely friendship, but one that Rowena encourages by
inviting Lucy to the family mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.
Grateful for Lucy's skill in creating clothes that hide her physical
injury, Rowena encourages Lucy to dream of a better future.
One day Lucy encounters an intriguing man on the Cliff Walk, and
love begins to blossom. Yet Lucy resists, for what man will accept
her family responsibilities? Rowena also deals with love as she faces
a worrisome arranged marriage to a wealthy heir. And Lucy's
teenage sister, Sofia, takes up with a man of dubious character. All
three women struggle as their lives, and those of each unlikely
suitor, become intertwined in a web of secrets and sacrifice. Will any
of them find true happiness?
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