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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.


The Debutante
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4 / 5
July 30th, 2014
If you're looking for a light fast paced read, this isn't for you. That said, this is a character study of two troubled souls and their desire to love again despite the possible costs. Set in the antiques world, our characters, one a young woman still trying to extricate herself from an unhealthy relationship and the other a grieving widower still trying to come to terms with his late wife's infidelity. Interspersed with this are letters from a charming and heedless debutante of the 1920s and 30s who used to live at the estate our other two characters are inventorying before the estate is sold off. The young lady assisting in the inventory finds a hidden box of small treasures left from over fifty years ago and starts investigating trying to find out what happened to the beautiful deb that disappeared during WWII and was never located. (The objects in the box belong to the long lost deb). This helps her(the young lady) occupy herself from her own romantic troubles. The ending does not tie everything into quite the neat bow one might like but you come away with a better understanding of how the upper class dealt with so called problems. Tessaro is a skilled thoughtful writer and I have enjoyed all her books. The ending was a poignant one and one is left with both hope and a bit of sadness for what might have been.
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