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A New York Secret: A heartbreaking and unforgettable World War 2 historical novel Paperback – 9 March 2021
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She looked at the telegram in horror, the words blurring in front of her eyes. She dropped to her knees, feeling that her entire world was ending. The paper slipped from her hands as she put her head in hands, sobs wracking her chest…
1942, New York. As war rages in Europe, Lily Rose is grateful for her perfect life: the love of her wealthy uptown parents in their beautiful brownstone overlooking the park and her dream job as a chef at one of New York’s finest restaurants, the art deco dream that is Valentino’s. But in her heart, Lily is drawn towards the bohemian Sicilian community in Greenwich Village, where gorgeous fresh fruit spills onto the pavement and the smell of freshly baked cannoli tempt her inside every Italian deli.
Part of the attraction is Tom Morelli, talented chef and handsome grandson of Sicilian immigrants, whose deep brown eyes call to her and set her heart on fire. As wartime rationing bites in the city, Lily and Tom stay up late, dreaming up delicious meals that will see Valentino’s through the war and distract New Yorkers from the threat of sons and sweethearts being called up. Lily knows he has found the key to her heart.
Then Tom receives a devastating summons that changes everything: he is drafted to Italy. He must return to his beautiful homeland to fight a desperate war.
Suddenly alone, with only the memory of Tom’s last kiss, Lily turns to her parents for support. But when her mother finds out about her relationship, she is furious. When the war ends, Lily’s duty is to marry the man picked for her, raise children and never work again. They give her a heartbreaking ultimatum: end her relationship with Tom and give up her job or lose her family and inheritance forever.
Lily knows she must follow her heart to Valentino’s and to Tom. But when Tom is declared missing in action, Lily is totally heartbroken. If she pursues her dreams, will there be anything left for her when the war is over?
From top-ten bestseller Ella Carey comes an utterly heartbreaking historical novel, inspired by true events, about the courage, love and friendships that sustain us in the darkest of days. Fans of Fiona Davis, Rhys Bowen and The Nightingale will be captivated.What readers are saying about A New York Secret:
“Will entrance you from the very beginning… Truly amazing and one I could not put down. Make sure to put it on your must-read list… Emotional and utterly unputdownable novel, inspired by true events.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“So masterfully captured the time period that I believed the story to be real and that the events really happened… As you turn over the last page, you’ll be wanting more. A must-buy… Phenomenal.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I really enjoyed this book by Ella!… Wow!… So engaging.” Goodreads Reviewer
“What a wonderful story, it gripped me from the first page until the last. I loved it… I wish I could give it more stars.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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- Publisher : Bookouture (9 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1800192150
- ISBN-13 : 978-1800192157
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 2.03 x 19.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 179,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.