Maeve is the daughter of a widowed Irish immigrant living in Depression era Boston. Maeve is different from the other girls she knows who only want to get married and have a family. Maeve is smart, independent, and she wants a life of her own. So she heads to New York to better herself and make it on her own but finds it’s not as easy as she thought it would be and ends up instead discovering that she has a penchant for the wrong kind of men and booze. Needless to say she gets in trouble and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. Once out she heads back home to Boston. Jobs are hard to find in the Depression but the determined Maeve finds one in an antiques shop. One day while delivering a few pieces to the very wealthy Van der Laar family Maeve finds herself introduced to socialite Diana Van der Laar only to discover that she is the very woman she had met in the psychiatric hospital. Maeve desperately does not want anyone to know about her past and only wants to get always from the Van der Laars.
Diana however has no intention of leaving Maeve alone. Soon enough Maeve finds herself spending more and more time with Diana and her charming brother James. This association leads Maeve down a dark path once again. Eventually though Maeve learns that money does not equate to happiness and that family, friends, and your roots are what is ultimately important in life.
Once again I loved this novel. Diana was a great character as were all the supporting characters as well. I was hooked from beginning to end and had such a hard time putting this book down. I also found all the information on antiques fascinating and there were more than a few descriptions of food that left my mouth watering. Highly recommended!
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