The Debutante

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HarperCollins Publishers, Apr 5, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Can the secrets of one woman’s past change another woman’s future?

Endsleigh House stands, crumbling and gracious, on the south-west coast of England, its rooms shut up and dusty. But what secrets do they hold?

Cate, an exile from New York, is sent to help value the contents of the once-grand Georgian house. Cataloguing its' contents with Jack - a man with his own dark past, she comes across a hidden shoebox containing an exquisite pair of dancing shoes from the 1930s, along with a mysterious collection of objects: a photograph, a dance card and a Tiffany bracelet.

Returning to London, rather than face the questions lingering in her own life, Cate immerses herself in piecing together the clues contained in the box to uncover a story, that of Irene Blythe and her sister Diana - two of the most famous debutantes of their generation.

The tale that unfolds is one of dark, addictive love, and leads Cate to face up to secrets of her own. Can the secrets of Baby Blythe's past change Cate's own ability to live and love again?

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Review: The Debutante

User Review  - Tc - Goodreads

This reminded me of Kate Morton's books, which I absolutely love, but shorter and not as complicated or, frankly, as well written. I like Kathleen Tessaro's premises for her books, but I'm always left ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marguerite Kaye - Goodreads

I read this again (October 2013) not realising when I downloaded it that I'd already read it before - which shows how much stuck. Though actually, fairly early in I remembered the story and why I hadn ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Born in Pittsburgh, Kathleen Tessaro studied drama before emigrating to London. After ten years working as an actress in films, television, and theatre, she left the profession and spent several years working for the English National Opera, while training in the evenings as a drama teacher and voice coach. During this time, she began to write. Working on short stories during her lunch hour, she soon became a regular member of a writers workshop.

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