Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations by devoting herself to the suffrage movement. In Pearl, Vera finds an unexpected dear friend…and a stirring new cause of her own. But when Pearl’s selfless work pulls her farther from Angelo and their son, the life Vera craved is suddenly within her reach—if her conscience will allow her to take it.
Her choice will define not only her future but also that of her daughter, Alice.
Vera and Alice—a generation and a world apart—are bound by the same passionate drive to fulfill their dreams. As first mother and then daughter come of age in a city that is changing as rapidly as its skyline, they’ll each discover that love is the only constant.
This story is quite the gem! First and foremost this historical fiction story is a love story, but underneath that it is a whole lot more.
This book is essentially broken into two parts. This first half of the book is Vera’s story. She is young, carefree, and in love. She is the main caregiver of her aging father and makes a friend who will completely change the direction of her life in multiple ways. The second half of the book is about Vera’s daughter Alice. Alice is a student who helps her father with the family business. She is a dreamer who hopes for something more. She is about to have the most unlikely encounter with two gentlemen and both of them will capture her heart.
I particularly enjoyed how Penn Station was used as a backdrop for this marvelous story. It was central to the many pivotal moments of the characters in the story, both good and bad. When Penn Station was built it completely changed the way people traveled and I found that to be an important reminder of how things used to be. It is easy to forget how far we have come.
This is a beautifully written, heart-warming story of love and undying friendship. What I found unexpected was the creative way women’s rights, activism, suffragettes, social classes, and more was worked into this story. As always I enjoyed Camille Di Maio’s latest book and look forward to reading more!
*Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Camille Di Maio for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.
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My Rating: 4.5/5
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 5/1/2018
Pages: 377 (eBook)
*Book 4/20 in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.
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