The Debutante by Kathleen TessaroThe Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro

The Debutante

byKathleen Tessaro

Paperback | July 19, 2011

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Cate, an exile from New York, is sent to help value the contents of a once-grand Georgian house on the southwest coast of England. Cataloguing its contents with Jack -- a man with his own dark past -- she comes across a hidden shoebox containing an exquisite pair of dancing shoes, along with a mysterious collection of objects from the 1930s: a photograph, a dance card and a Tiffany bracelet.

Returning to London rather than face the questions lingering in her own life, Cate immerses herself in piecing together the clues contained in the box. In doing so, she uncovers the story of Irene Blythe and her sister Diana, known as “Baby” -- two of the most famous debutantes of their generation.

The tale that unfolds is one of addictive love, and it leads Cate to address secrets of her own. Can the dark events of Baby Blythe’s past change Cate’s own ability to live and love again?

Born in Pittsburgh, Kathleen Tessaro emigrated to London where she worked as an actress in films, television, and theater, while training to be a drama teacher and voice coach. She is the author of the novelsElegance,Innocence, andThe Flirt. Kathleen currently lives in Pennsylvania.
Title:The DebutanteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.12 × 5.19 × 1 inPublished:July 19, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554685893

ISBN - 13:9781554685899

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I was able to get into the book fairly quickly and I wanted to know what happened to Baby Blythe! Letters from Baby are sprinkled throughout the book and reveal what the items in the shoe box mean. Cate's journey to uncover the meanings of the items was also enjoyable. The main plot was original and engaging. Not enjoyable? All the secondary plot lines. Cate's backstory as to why she is in London, I would say, is necessary to the overall plot. The back story of her parents, her aunt, and Jack? Not so much. There was a lot going on and it was hard to follow. I struggled with keeping characters and their story straight, Even Cate's own back story...bouncing back between her life in New York and life in England was hard to remember at times. At the end of the book, you know the meaning behind all of the items in the shoe box, but you still don't know what happens to Baby. I like the author's note at the end of the book, which discusses her writing process, some historical information on England during the time the Blythe Sisters story was set, and even provided some insight on what could have happened to Baby, without actually clarifying. The different plots were too much for me, but I did enjoy the Blythe Sisters plot, so I will likely re-read this book, but only the parts related to the sisters- and skip the rest- just to make sure that I full understood this story. While it was well written, all of the 'extra' plots, and the filler and confusion they caused makes me not want to recommend this book. Give it a pass.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, Light Read A good, light read. If you're looking for a good story, without too much depth I'd suggest this
Date published: 2017-04-27

Editorial Reviews

?Steamy, romantic, with all the plot twists one craves in matters of the heart.?
-- Kim Izzo, author of The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum ()