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This story strips away the gilded paint of Newport, R.I. revealing a richly layered history of desire. Each of the five storylines provides a glimpse of Newport at a specific time in history and gives voice to a character struggling to find their place in a society limited by convention. From a Quaker orphan to a gilded age society gentleman on the make and a washed up tennis pro, the desire for love, acceptance and a place in the world rings true across time.

Try The Maze at Windermere if you enjoyed Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman or Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Recommended by Nicola Bigley

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