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|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 March 2021|
|Publisher||Hachette UK - Bookouture|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 23,081 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
106 in World War II Historical Fiction
226 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
753 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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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.