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The bestselling author of The Bolter returns with a delicious novel about two determined women whose lives collide in the halls of a pedigreed London town home.

When eighteen-year-old Grace Campbell arrives in London in 1914, she’s unable to fulfill her family’s ambitions and find a position as an office secretary. Lying to her parents and her brother Michael, she takes a job as a housemaid at Number 35, Park Lane, where she is quickly caught up in the lives of its inhabitants—in particular, those of its privileged son Edward and daughter Beatrice, who is recovering from a failed relationship that would have taken her away from an increasingly stifling life. Desperate to find a new purpose, Bea joins a group of radical suffragettes and strikes up an intriguing romance with an impassioned young lawyer. Unbeknownst to each of the young women, the choices they make amid the rapidly changing world of World War I will connect their chances at future happiness in dramatic and inevitable ways.

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  • “Susan Duerden gives a perfect performance…[She]narrates the present-tense writing with an enticing sense of urgency, sweeping the listener into the immediacy of the story.”

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  • “Reading in a British accent that reflects class distinctions between characters, Duerden’s pace moves the plot forward. An appealing choice for historical-fiction and romance fans and those familiar with Osborne’s The Bolter.”

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  • “[Osborne] masterfully intertwines the lives of her heroines with historical events and figures, which lends credibility to the plot and the characters she has created. Osborne’s efforts are solid, and her book will appeal to both historical fiction buffs and romance enthusiasts alike.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jane Arschavir | 2/10/2014

    " Took me about 200 pages to get into this book. It was ok, reasonably predictable plot, satisfactory ending. Killed a bit of time while I was ill. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate | 1/30/2014

    " was going to give it 3 stars but the ending slapped it down to 2! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emily | 1/29/2014

    " This book should have been right up my alley, but alas, it was not to be. The pace is very, very slow-going. It picks up a bit at the end, but I had to force myself to get to that point. As a person who works daily in the written word, I noticed some editing errors and just felt the novel could have done with a good trimming in places. I also didn't like the ending, but that is just my personal taste. Overall, I was disappointed. I felt misled by the comparisons I heard to "Downton Abbey" and the seemingly good praise from Julian Fellowes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanray04 | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed this book of historical fiction. It starts in 1914 when England experiences the first challenges to their staid, rigid class conventions. It focuses on two different attitudes to the burgeoning women's movement from the radical suffragettes to those who propose more peaceful methods. A young woman from the pedigreed upper class, Beatrice, struggles to find her place and purpose in the world through her involvement with women's rights and WW I. She moves from a life of parties and leisure, where her only purpose is find a suitable husband, to exhaustive, terrifying work as an ambulance driver in France. She makes a different life for herself than her strong willed mother could ever imagine.. "

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About the Author

Frances Osborne was born in London and studied philosophy and modern languages at Oxford University. She is the bestselling author of Lilla’s Feast and The Bolter, which was A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Her articles have appeared in the Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, the Daily Mail, and Vogue. She lives in London with her husband, George, and their two children.