Her Mother’s Secret

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HER MOTHER’S SECRET is the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society’s disapproval.

Lester’s engaging writing style and ability to create characters that connect with readers make her a welcome addition to the historical fiction market.

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The Story

1918, England. 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.

1939, New York City. 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, then, are her parents so quick to forbid it?

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Australia & New Zealand

Her Mother’s Secret is now available at Big W, Target, Kmart, Dymocks and all good bookstores.


United Kingdom (UK)

Her Mother’s Secret is available now in ebook in the UK, with the paperback to follow in early 2019.