On Sale: June 19, 2018
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In this new novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s
Dowry, two young women two generations apart discover the
joy and heartbreak of following their dreams. Aspiring
Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940,
and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover what
happened on that long ago summer.
Santa Cruz, Summer 1940: When auburn-haired Violet
Harcourt is crowned Miss California on the boardwalk of
her hometown, she knows she is one step closer to her
cherished dream: a Hollywood screen test. But Violet’s
victory comes with a price—discord in her seemingly
perfect marriage—and she grapples with how much more she
is willing to pay.
Summer 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives with her
parents in the charming beach cottage that belonged to
her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the town’s local
history and the quaint gazebo where her grandparents
danced beneath the stars, Mari sells raffle tickets at
the Beach Boardwalk Centennial Celebration, and meets
Jason, a California transplant from Chicago.
When Mari discovers the obituary of Violet Harcourt, a
beauty queen who died too young, she and Jason are sent
on a journey together that will uncover her grandfather’s
lifelong secret—his connection to Violet—a story of
tragedy and courage that will forever transform them.
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