A New York Secret: Daughters of New York, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From top-10 best-selling author Ella Carey comes a stunning Second World War novel. The glitter, glamor, and danger of 1940s New York collide in this dazzling story about a young woman striving to survive in a world where everything is set against her.
War forces her to choose a side....
1942, New York. As war rages in Europe, Lily Rose is grateful for her perfect life: a wealthy family who love her and a dream job working uptown as a restaurant chef. Times are changing for women, and Lily is determined to run her own kitchen one day. She hopes handsome Tom Morelli, son of Sicilian immigrants, will be at her side. Together they work late, dreaming up delicious meals for New Yorkers struggling with wartime rationing and the threat of sons and sweethearts being called up....
Then Tom receives a devastating telegram that changes everything: He is drafted to fight in Italy. Suddenly alone, Lily turns to her parents for support. But when her mother finds out about Tom, she is furious. When the war ends, Lily’s duty is to marry the man picked for her, keep house and raise children. They give her a heartbreaking ultimatum: End her relationship with Tom, or lose her family and inheritance forever.
In the middle of the war, Lily is left in an impossible position. Will she choose to stay with her family and live the safe life she has always known, or will she follow her heart and her dreams?
An emotional novel, inspired by true events, about the courage, love, and friendships that will see you through war and tragedy. Fans of Fiona Davis, Rhys Bowen and The Nightingale will be captivated.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 24 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 March 2021|
|Publisher||Hachette UK - Bookouture|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 51,495 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
239 in World War II Historical Fiction
466 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
1,729 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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It was previously expected that women should marry, stay at home and care for their families; not go out into the workforce. But the demands of war turned many of these ideas around as women had to take over jobs once held by the men. Of course, when the men returned, it was a time of both joy and sadness. Many women lost their jobs so that men could reclaim their positions. This in itself created a new dilemma. Women could not just go back to the way things were. Progress had happened and it was impossible to revert such change or put the genii back in the bottle, so to speak. Once these women had a chance to grow and tasted freedom, they did not want to return to a life of confinement within a cage of old ideals. Life would never be the same for these women who had worked hard to learn new skills and earn respect. Then there were those who did not want to rock the boat and found change difficult like Lily’s mother. Plus, her values and aspirations were different, whether because of pride, fear of the unknown or failure to rise to the challenges, we are not sure.
It is a story about change, brought on by the experiences of war at home and abroad. It is also about the after-effects of WWII on the men who were forever altered by the things they saw and experienced. Men returned different and damaged. Some were fatally wounded: their minds and limbs permanently injured.
A New York Secret is about all these things but mainly about Lily, her talent as a chef and her fierce determination to succeed even after the war ends when the men reclaim their homes and jobs. There are many bitter-sweet conflicts with her mother who is determined to marry her off to a man she does not want and to steer her away from the man she loves. Tom not only shares her heart but also her cooking talent. This novel beautifully celebrates food and how it brings joy, comfort, togetherness, purpose, passion and pleasure in a time of great uncertainty.
A New York Secret raises many thoughts about this era: the challenges and the victories at home and on the warfront. But it also takes us on a bold journey of love. Love that binds, love that divides but then a love that heals. It is a story with heart and a worthy start to an intriguing series. 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Delving into the restaurant industry, and the measures they took to survive, despite the shortages of food and a lot of the men going away to war.
I loved the characters, and the locations in this story.
With many young men awaiting the draft, it is only a matter of time before Valentino's current head chef, Tom Morelli, is called up. Lily and Tom's shared passion for cooking leads to romance, but their new-found love is cut short when the inevitable does happen and Tom is posted overseas. When he is declared missing in action, Lily finds the long hours as a chef a welcome distraction, devising recipes and sourcing supplies to keep the restaurant viable during wartime, but never gives up hope that Tom will return.
A New York Secret is the first of a promising new series from Ella Carey. Romance, food and history make a delightful combination in this World War II story as we follow Ellie's rebellion against her mother's selfishness and snobbery. This rebellion takes Ellie into the kitchen of a busy restaurant, an environment traditionally the preserve of men, where personalities clash amid the challenges of keeping a restaurant running during wartime. Ellie's grit and determination is further tested when peace is declared and servicemen return to take up their former jobs.
A New York Secret is a great portrayal of life on the home front and the roles of women during World War II. I enjoyed every aspect of it: the characters, the setting and especially the descriptions of those mouth-watering recipes that our chefs lovingly prepare.
Ella Carey has written another novel that will delight her fans and gain her many new ones. Her new series is off to a great start.
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a participant in a book blog tour.