Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the romance Audible Original, Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester. This audio work was released in March 2017. It is performed by Edwina Wren and is 11 hours & 7 minutes in length. The following overview is provided from the Audible page: England, 1918. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora’s life. Rather than secretly making cosmetics in her father’s chemist shop to sell to army nurses such as Joan, her adventurous Australian friend, Leo hopes to now display her wares openly. Instead, Spanish flu arrives in the village, claiming her father’s life. Determined to start over, she boards a ship to New York City. On the way she meets debonair department store heir Everett Forsyth…. In Manhattan, Leo works hard to make her cosmetics dream come true, but she’s a woman alone with a small salary and a society that deems make-up scandalous. New York City, 1949. Everett’s daughter, Alice, a promising ballerina, receives a mysterious letter inviting her to star in a series of advertisements for a cosmetics line. If she accepts she will be immortalized like dancers such as Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Ginger Rogers. Why, they, are her parents so quick to forbid it?

This was an unexpected gem. I had originally planned to split this audio work up into a couple of sessions to better work with my schedule. However, I ended up listening to the whole thing in one go. The story is fantastic, but the narrator’s performance made me love this work even more. If you have an Audible account, I highly suggest listening to this.

I give this Audible Original 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Denis Ariel Revolorio Perez. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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