Her Mother’s Secret
Author: Natasha Lester
Publisher: Hachette Australia
My Rating: 5/5
“From England to the Manhattan of the 1920s and 1940’s, be swept away by the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society’s disapproval.”
Natasha Lester has firmly stamped her mark on the historical fiction genre with her second novel, Her Mother’s Secret. Hot on the heels of her well-deserved success with ‘A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald‘, Her Mother’s Secret again offers readers a strong-willed, determined heroine whose journey is as interesting, as it is inspiring.
The story begins in 1918 in England at the end of the Great War, and then moves to 1920’s Manhattan where Leo sets her sights on making cosmetics for young women, despite society’s disapproval and judgement. You will fall in love with Leo’s determination, heart, and ability to keep forging forward after so many setbacks. What I loved most, was seeing the character of Leo grow and change. And the underlying love story is so beautifully written, that it will make you both swoon and cry.
As with ‘A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald’, Natasha has captured Manhattan in the 1920s, and 40s so brilliantly that you will feel as if you are right there. Her descriptions of not only place and setting, but clothing, jewellery, make-up, and of course life, are like watching a movie reel play out before you. The historical aspects of the story are perfectly balanced, providing enough knowledge to help you understand the life and times, but not overwhelming or boring with too many historical facts.
It’s hard to write much more about the book and characters without giving away any of the storyline. I was totally captivated by the story and characters and found it so easy to fully immerse myself into every scene. The main goal of any book is to affect your reader, and Natasha deserves a thousand gold stars for nailing this. My heart swelled and soared, broke at times, and then warmed my entire core as I read this story.
My only advice is to make sure you read this book when you don’t have that much on, as you will be totally engrossed that life around you will stop until you finish. (Which might be a good thing!)
Stay tuned, as in an upcoming blog post I interview Natasha about Her Mother’s Secret, writing historical fiction, creating head-strong heroines and stories with heart, as well as her writing process.
Her Mother’s Secret will be out in Bookstores on 28th March 2017, and you can pre-order your copy from Booktopia here.
*I received an advanced readers copy of this book, but in no way has this influenced my review*