The Debutante

The Debutante

Kathleen Tessaro / Aug 20, 2019

The Debutante Can the secrets of one woman s past change another woman s future Cate is a gifted young artist who survives in New York by producing remarkable copies of Old Masters She arrives in London to stay wit

  • Title: The Debutante
  • Author: Kathleen Tessaro
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  • Can the secrets of one woman s past change another woman s future Cate is a gifted young artist who survives in New York by producing remarkable copies of Old Masters.She arrives in London to stay with her aunt Rachel who owns an auction house, determined to leave the pain of her past behind Cate is sent to Devon with Rachel s colleague Jack to value the contents of Ends Can the secrets of one woman s past change another woman s future Cate is a gifted young artist who survives in New York by producing remarkable copies of Old Masters.She arrives in London to stay with her aunt Rachel who owns an auction house, determined to leave the pain of her past behind Cate is sent to Devon with Rachel s colleague Jack to value the contents of Endsleigh, the grand Georgian home of a former socialite But inside, its once elegant interiors are now worn with age and dust Then Cate discovers hidden in the back of one of the bookshelves, an old shoebox containing an exquisite pair of silk dancing shoes from the 1930 s along with a mysterious collection of objects a diamond brooch, a photograph of a handsome young sailor, a dance card, and a beautiful pearl and emerald bracelet from Tiffany s Unable to solve the questions in her own life, Cate quickly becomes engaged in solving the mystery of the shoe box and begins to unravel the story of Baby Blythe bright, beautiful and reckless, she was the most famous debutante of her generation The clues in the box reveal a tale of a dark, addictive love, a tale that will lead Cate to uncover some secrets of her own A timeless novel from the bestselling author of Elegance Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 403 pages Published 2018 by HarperCollins first published January 1st 2010 More Details ASIN B003V1WUC6 Edition Language English Other Editions 18 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Debutante, please sign up

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Mohsin Hamid novel There also are near crushes Sarah Waters had the potential, and we nearly hit it off, but no It always has to be a living writer, never what would be called ambitious literature in GR circles I blame my usual very controlled reading diet , and it always follows the same trajectory wide eyed first contact, junkiedom, then getting tired of seeing the same elements cue Haruki Murakami Bingo and never approaching the writer again This happened to me after Norwegian Wood, Telegraph Avenue, a novel by John Green I am too embarrassed to name and hasn t happened with Mohsin Hamid yet And I feel the next crush coming Yes, Tessaro plays in a different league Waters rather than Chabon, feelings rather than abstractions, chick lit women s writing but I find her books addictive She s very observant Her writing is good, strong, corporoso, demanding just the right amount of attention The two books I ve read are, on the average, uncute There is alcohol, bad sex, guilt The Debutante is all about guilt, appearances and secrets and probably, as with all writers mentioned above, an array of favourite elements male homosexuality bisexuality seems to be a theme , but I m not thinking about it yet, I have four other books to read on my binge Rare Objects and The Perfume Collector look really promising flag 15 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Sep 12, 2017 Jessica rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves chick lit, historical fiction, romance Overall I enjoyed this book I m a sucker for chick lit books set in England However, at the end of it, I wanted I wanted closure to the historical story than what I ultimately got flag 15 likesLike see review Aug 15, 2017 Louise rated it liked it review of another edition An easy read, like most of other reviews I preferred this historical part of the story and would have like of that The modern day characters were in comparison pretty boring flag 15 likesLike see review May 22, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition Kathleen Tessaro is highly underrated in the literature genre especially in the sub genre arena for chick lit women s fiction All of her novels have a depth most authors fail to capture, with unforgettable plots that are emotionally impacting The Debutante is Tessaro s latest novel.Jack is a handsome, though humble antique cataloguing expert sent to the empty Endsleigh House, an estate at its liveliest throughout the 1920s 1930s and the home of the famous debutante Blythe sisters Accompan Kathleen Tessaro is highly underrated in the literature genre especially in the sub genre arena for chick lit women s fiction All of her novels have a depth most authors fail to capture, with unforgettable plots that are emotionally impacting The Debutante is Tessaro s latest novel.Jack is a handsome, though humble antique cataloguing expert sent to the empty Endsleigh House, an estate at its liveliest throughout the 1920s 1930s and the home of the famous debutante Blythe sisters Accompanying him is the beautiful and cryptic Cate, an artist who has recently moved to England to escape her painful past in New York As if the history of the Blythe sisters isn t intriguing enough the younger Blythe sister mysteriously disappeared and was never heard from again , Cate s interest is further piqued when she finds a secretive, locked room at Endsleigh After stumbling upon a hidden shoe box within that contains an old photograph, a Tiffany bracelet, a badge, and a beautiful pair of dancing shoes, Cate embarks on a mission to uncover new information behind the disappearance of Baby Blythe, learning about herself in the process.Each chapter in The Debutante is preceded by an intimate letter written by Baby Blythe to her older sister and sometimes, her lover As the novel progresses, the mystery behind Baby Blythe s disappearance is slowly unveiled Meanwhile, we are relishing in the sweet and innocent chemistry between Jack and Cate as they make discoveries not only about Endsleigh, but themselves, as each has their own tumultuous past.Tessaro really has a talent for bringing her characters to life and making them painfully human and easy to relate to The Debutante as a whole is incredibly moving, touching and emotional Jack and Cate are supremely intense and deep not at all ridiculous, shallow or melodramatic, making for a beautiful reading experience If I had to use one adjective that describes my feelings after reading The Debutante, I would say it made me feel wholesome Tessaro s writing style is exquisite and her vocabulary range is very wide and magnificently descriptive as you read this novel, you ll be sucked into Jack and Cate s world, and of course the world of Endsleigh itself Read book reviews at flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 23, 2013 Holly rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2013 I think I would have liked this book better if it had concentrated on the Blythe sisters I found their story interesting than I did Cate s or Jack s If this book had just been about Cate and Jack I don t think I could have continued reading What made me keep reading was the mystery surrounding the Blythe sisters, mainly, Baby Blythe They had depth to them Cate and Jack just fell flat for me flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2010 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2010, fiction, contemporary, mystery This book was delicious It had a bitter bite here or there due to my somewhat prudish nature when it comes to certain words but overall such a delicious story.This is the recipe for a delicious story.One part modern romance.One part mysterious d butante.One part old, sad home.One part insanity.Mix all those up together, put a beautiful pink cover on the book and you have the makings of a fun, interesting, sad, heart warming, intriguing story.What I loved most about The D butante by Kathleen This book was delicious It had a bitter bite here or there due to my somewhat prudish nature when it comes to certain words but overall such a delicious story.This is the recipe for a delicious story.One part modern romance.One part mysterious d butante.One part old, sad home.One part insanity.Mix all those up together, put a beautiful pink cover on the book and you have the makings of a fun, interesting, sad, heart warming, intriguing story.What I loved most about The D butante by Kathleen Tussaro is the insight we re given into the Sisters Blythe, insight that Cate herself is not given as she follows the small leads she has from snooping around There are short breaks in the story and these breaks are filled with letters written from one sister to the other and oh, the drama Letter writing is a form of communication which is so fascinating for the stories it told and the stories it didn t tell but can be carefully gleaned from between the lines.I just shivered, the story was that perfect.Now, the bitter bite I can handle some words, but there were some pretty foul words in this story that marred it s beauty, otherwise Those words were like a nasty jolt to me, as I was dreamily absorbed in reading when they came about That might be just because I m a bit of a prude but honestly, I think the book would have been much better without them included flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2011 Julia Flaherty rated it liked it review of another edition I thought this book would be a sunnier beach read than it turned out to be At first, I had a hard time caring about the characters, who are all wealthy, extremely self absorbed, and kind of prone to obsessive behavior It s kind of like Sex In The City but since the characters are mostly grieving over some kind of loss or betrayal, it has a much darker quality to it The story moves back and forth between modern London and 1930 s London The Modern London part features a widowed man and a young I thought this book would be a sunnier beach read than it turned out to be At first, I had a hard time caring about the characters, who are all wealthy, extremely self absorbed, and kind of prone to obsessive behavior It s kind of like Sex In The City but since the characters are mostly grieving over some kind of loss or betrayal, it has a much darker quality to it The story moves back and forth between modern London and 1930 s London The Modern London part features a widowed man and a young woman who are working together to assess and liquidate the furnishings of the home of a pair of famous debutante sisters from the 1930 s The woman finds a shoebox of stuff hidden in a locked room and becomes obsessed with finding out the meaning of the contents This story is punctuated by old letters written from one sister to the other which tell the reader what really happened as the woman is working on piecing together her clues.At first I didn t care, and then I found that I really, really did I would have preferred if everyone found love and lived happily ever after, but that is not the case for all of them, and that kind of made me sad But probably other people don t need the characters to wind up happily paired off as I do flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 20, 2012 Jess rated it did not like it review of another edition This book would have been wonderful f it had just been the tale of the sisters I found myself phasing out during the, at times vulgar and disgusting, aspects of the main story I hated the modern day characters, and unlike other readers, still didn t care at the end flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 03, 2013 Amy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2013 books After reading The Perfume Collector I wanted to read by this author This was a little disappointing too many confusing subplots One story is told through letters and I got mixed up on what character was writing and receiving ok read.A gifted artist, Cate has come to London from New York to escape her recent past Working for her aunt s auction house, she is sent down to Devon to value the contents of Endsleigh House, the once gracious but now crumbling estate of a former socia After reading The Perfume Collector I wanted to read by this author This was a little disappointing too many confusing subplots One story is told through letters and I got mixed up on what character was writing and receiving ok read.A gifted artist, Cate has come to London from New York to escape her recent past Working for her aunt s auction house, she is sent down to Devon to value the contents of Endsleigh House, the once gracious but now crumbling estate of a former socialite There, hidden in the back of a dusty bookshelf, Cate discovers an old shoebox Inside is a strange assortment of objects an exquisite pair of dancing shoes circa 1930 a diamond brooch a photograph of a young sailor a dance card and a pearl and emerald Tiffanys bracelet.Intrigued by her find, Cate sets out to solve the mystery of the box, becoming immersed in the story of its owner, Baby Blythe Bright, beautiful, and reckless, Baby was the most famous debutante of her generation and the most dangerous As the clues begin to reveal a shocking tale of destructive, addictive love, Cate finds herself being drawn deeper into Baby s tragic life story a story that will force Cate to face some dark truths about her own flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 10, 2018 Jen rated it it was ok review of another edition There s so much potential in the set up of this story, an old house, antiques, ladies famous for being famous, ladies behaving badly, but it wasn t well executed in any of the storylines Not one of them worked out and I was disappointed by the ending I could have guessed what the big secret was somewhere around the first 100 pages so even the big mystery was a bit of a let down Oh well Quick read so it wasn t a ton of wasted time flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 11, 2010 Nely rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves for review I truly love stories that have alternating sub stories taking place within them And The Debutante is the perfect example of that With Cate s tale taking place in the present and Baby s story taking place in the past I loved how both interwove and came together When Cate is asked by her aunt to assist Jack in cataloguing the contents of Endsleigh House for an upcoming auction she didn t expect to find a box full of treasures and a mystery that was just too irresistible to pass.Although at I truly love stories that have alternating sub stories taking place within them And The Debutante is the perfect example of that With Cate s tale taking place in the present and Baby s story taking place in the past I loved how both interwove and came together When Cate is asked by her aunt to assist Jack in cataloguing the contents of Endsleigh House for an upcoming auction she didn t expect to find a box full of treasures and a mystery that was just too irresistible to pass.Although at first I had some trouble getting into the story I even put it down for a while, when I picked the book back up I was taken by surprise by how wonderful this story really was I enjoyed reading of Cate and Jack and how they both begin to accept their pasts and eventually heal using one another for support But I must confess that my favorite parts were the letters between the Blythe sisters I could not help but find myself captivated by that treasure box myself I wanted to know what happened to the missing debutante I loved the mystery elements of the story and than once I thought I had it figured out before I was thrown for a loop and had to start the guessing game again.I found Ms Tessaro s writing enjoyable and her descriptions of London past and present were a treat I especially loved reading of the run down Endsleigh as well as the glimpses of its former glory you get from the letters.This was a bittersweet, charming, and mysterious story that, although it had its ups and downs, in the end I found it very enjoyable flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 18, 2012 Lydia Laceby rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary women s fiction Originally Reviewed at Novel EscapesThe Debutante was the first novel by Kathleen Tessaro that I ve read and I really enjoyed it It was full of intrigue and mystery that kept me entertained and flipping pages until the very end wondering how the story would unfold.After a bit of a slow start, I became immersed in this story and loved the rich, but not overwhelming detail Initially, I wasn t sure about Kate, but grew to like her and care about her story as much as I was interested in finding ou Originally Reviewed at Novel EscapesThe Debutante was the first novel by Kathleen Tessaro that I ve read and I really enjoyed it It was full of intrigue and mystery that kept me entertained and flipping pages until the very end wondering how the story would unfold.After a bit of a slow start, I became immersed in this story and loved the rich, but not overwhelming detail Initially, I wasn t sure about Kate, but grew to like her and care about her story as much as I was interested in finding out the fate of Baby Blythe I loved the Blythe sister s story, which was told mainly through Baby Blythe s letters interspersed throughout the novel and thought Tessaro s pacing to reveal both their dark histories, as well as those of the main characters, perfectly timed.Besides the love interest predictability, I wasn t sure where much of the rest of the novel was going which kept my interest and I was satisfied with how it all wrapped up and loved the lack of predictability with the rest of the story The Debutante had some grit and was a bit heavier than light chick lit, with mystery and history adding another aspect I d definitely pick up another of Tessaro s novels in the future and loved her author s notes on how she came up with the idea of a shoebox flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 14, 2012 Elaine rated it it was ok review of another edition I m not quite sure what attracted me to this possibly the old house being a character in its own right However this time, it really wasn t executed terribly well One of the sisters who were debutantes many years ago, disappeared without trace The novel revolves around the two valuers who are sent to catalogue the contents of the house, and one of them Cate , becomes intrigued by this mystery, and resolves to discover the truth behind her disappearance It sounds as if there s hould be a l I m not quite sure what attracted me to this possibly the old house being a character in its own right However this time, it really wasn t executed terribly well One of the sisters who were debutantes many years ago, disappeared without trace The novel revolves around the two valuers who are sent to catalogue the contents of the house, and one of them Cate , becomes intrigued by this mystery, and resolves to discover the truth behind her disappearance It sounds as if there s hould be a lot of food for thought but most of it fell quite flat, and there were few moments of excitement or relevation The characters themselves were quite insipid and frankly, I didn t care terribly about any of them so on two points the plot and characters the novel left much to be desired Given that these are two of the most important aspects of any novel, then I was clearly going to have my work cut out for me flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 01, 2013 Tony rated it liked it review of another edition In the beginning I wasn t sure about this book but I wanted to give it a chance and I m glad I did The reason for my hesitation is that though I found her first novel Elegance to be charming and funny, her last book Flirt seemed a bit forced I didn t dislike Flirt I just didn t care that much about the main characters Inspite of all that I enjoy her writing overall and took a chance on this one The characters are so human, so vulnerable, so stuck Watching the characters develop, see t In the beginning I wasn t sure about this book but I wanted to give it a chance and I m glad I did The reason for my hesitation is that though I found her first novel Elegance to be charming and funny, her last book Flirt seemed a bit forced I didn t dislike Flirt I just didn t care that much about the main characters Inspite of all that I enjoy her writing overall and took a chance on this one The characters are so human, so vulnerable, so stuck Watching the characters develop, see themselves from a different perspective, allow themselves to put the past behind them and move into their present was an entertaining journey The mystery that is included as a catalyst for some and backdrop for others was interesting and I m glad Ms Tessaro didn t tie up all the loose ends flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 14, 2015 Berkshire Blue Pencil rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves mehs Yet another badly written best seller If the story revealed by the items in the shoebox were to be handled any other way, it would have been a rewarding read.Nothing remotely likeable about Cate or Jack get over yourselves, peeps, you ve got everything going for you , too little about the really interesting characters in 1930s England, profanities handed out like loose change early on to get the reader into the mood of what eroticism And then there was the cigarette and why does it have Yet another badly written best seller If the story revealed by the items in the shoebox were to be handled any other way, it would have been a rewarding read.Nothing remotely likeable about Cate or Jack get over yourselves, peeps, you ve got everything going for you , too little about the really interesting characters in 1930s England, profanities handed out like loose change early on to get the reader into the mood of what eroticism And then there was the cigarette and why does it have to be a crafty fag in a first floor room whose smell reached all the way down to the man in the garden Yeah Right.Oh And the cool crisp linen dress that does not crease after a car journey from London to Devon Again flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 31, 2010 Jane rated it did not like it review of another edition Albeit the author s best intent, and despite the being a fan of the author s earlier works, this book was disappointing Her experiment with a mystery with an unbelievable romantic angle that seems like an unnecessary garnish added as an afterthought made the resolution of both the mystery and protagonist s relationship unsatisfying flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 08, 2015 Patty Abarno rated it really liked it review of another edition This is the same author as The Perfume Collector While I didn t love this novel quite as much, I still found it to be a great read I definitely recommend this book flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 27, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok review of another edition Ugh Pretty bland More Blythe sisters and less Cate, Jack and Rachel flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 08, 2014 Patt rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves gave up on Four chapters into it, just couldn t bring myself to read any flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Kaitlin Moore Morley rated it it was ok Shelves 0 20th century, 0 21st century, 02 europe, 02 british, 03 england, 05 london, 06 historical fiction, 11 read in 2018, 06 mystery Jack is set to go and inventory an old house Endsleigh for auction His bosses niece Cate comes along she happens to be stunningly beautiful and injured She finds a box that holds secrets The book switches between present day and letters from the past The letters are dated in 1935 1941 and are to Wren and signed from D and later signed Baby and B Meanwhile we learn there are two sisters who owned Endsleigh at one point Irene Blythe, all about charity and Diana who was wild and promis Jack is set to go and inventory an old house Endsleigh for auction His bosses niece Cate comes along she happens to be stunningly beautiful and injured She finds a box that holds secrets The book switches between present day and letters from the past The letters are dated in 1935 1941 and are to Wren and signed from D and later signed Baby and B Meanwhile we learn there are two sisters who owned Endsleigh at one point Irene Blythe, all about charity and Diana who was wild and promiscuous Diana disappears, presumed to have run away.Cate becomes a little obsessed with finding the owner of the box and the story behind it She goes on a Devinci Code esque hunt Cate and Jack sleep together, of course Jack is hurt by relationships, can he love again Blah Blah Of course he can, don t be a ninny But Cate has been a mistress can he ever trust her UUUGHHHH Do you like her or not Don t be a pansy He lets her drive his car, which we all know is a sign of tru wuv.We find out the well behaved sister had an affair with a man with a port wine stain and had a baby with a similar characteristic The baby was made to disappear by the husband.The writing is amateurish, a little stilted and I found the dialogue unbelievable Not the type of book that pulls you in I found myself simming much than I would have liked It also seems to be a weird warning against having an affair because death will come to you I dunno Just wasn t really my cuppa tea flag Like see review Jan 31, 2018 Kristina rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves austen ism, fiction, fictional romance, historical fiction, mystery This book pleasantly surprised me At the end, I was hopeing for another chapter but leave me wanting and all that.Cate, or Katie, has arrived in London to start over with the help of her aunt Rachel She goes to Endsleigh to help price collectibles for an auction And Jack, a recent widower, goes with her Sparks fly at first but they are there to do a job And they both have so many issues to sort out Cate finds the story of Endsleigh and the Blythe sisters an interesting topic that she This book pleasantly surprised me At the end, I was hopeing for another chapter but leave me wanting and all that.Cate, or Katie, has arrived in London to start over with the help of her aunt Rachel She goes to Endsleigh to help price collectibles for an auction And Jack, a recent widower, goes with her Sparks fly at first but they are there to do a job And they both have so many issues to sort out Cate finds the story of Endsleigh and the Blythe sisters an interesting topic that she has figure out why certain momentos were kept locked away in a room Throughout the book you read letters from Diana, middle sister, Blythe The storyline from 1920 1940 is the when she writes And then you read about why Cate came to London and what and who she was leaving in New York Jack is on his own quest of understanding his wife and the decisions she made, not to mention facing the accident that changed his life And Rachel, who misses her husband terribly, finds solace in comforting words that Jack tells her and it eases her pain she has held on to concerning her husband This books is chock full of a series of storylines that won t have you bored or confused I was guessing the conclusion to the end It was a sweet love story built with some mysterious adventures A total British chick lit flag Like see review Dec 19, 2017 Victoria rated it liked it review of another edition A good book but missing something I had high hopes for this one but something fell short While I will admit the writing style is lovely and the tone of the book kept me glued to it, I feel as though the book missed the mark on the most interesting parts I found myself very intrigued by the mystery of the Blythe sisters and it was the history behind them and their stories that kept me hooked I ll even admit that I devoured this book in just two days but I feel like the author could have sp A good book but missing something I had high hopes for this one but something fell short While I will admit the writing style is lovely and the tone of the book kept me glued to it, I feel as though the book missed the mark on the most interesting parts I found myself very intrigued by the mystery of the Blythe sisters and it was the history behind them and their stories that kept me hooked I ll even admit that I devoured this book in just two days but I feel like the author could have spent time on the story of the Blythe sisters In the end, I was left very unsatisfied and craving a better wrap up for the historical part of this story It s a good book and one I would recommend to other fans of chick lit but I ll always wish there was just a few chapters to the book flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Sarah Hearn rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this parallel story of three broken people, two in the present and one in the past Cate has returned from New York after a disastrous affair with an abusive and Mephistophelean lover She blames herself for having fallen into the affair and sees herself as damaged goods Jack is still recovering from the death of his wife two years before in circumstances that made it all so much worse He cannot seem to shake the guilt and despair Together, cataloguing the contents of an ol I really enjoyed this parallel story of three broken people, two in the present and one in the past Cate has returned from New York after a disastrous affair with an abusive and Mephistophelean lover She blames herself for having fallen into the affair and sees herself as damaged goods Jack is still recovering from the death of his wife two years before in circumstances that made it all so much worse He cannot seem to shake the guilt and despair Together, cataloguing the contents of an old house, they come across the mystery of Baby Blythe who disappeared in 1941 Following some slender clues left by a few mementos, Cate, and then Jack, becomes obsessed with Baby The book is interspersed with letters from Baby to her sister and later to her lover, which gives her a voice in the story flag Like see review Sep 08, 2017 Mary Ellen rated it liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Not as good as The Perfume Collector, that is why i picked up this book, good though Believe it must has been one of the author s early books, not as well written as The Perfume Collector Throughout the book it tells the current day story and then interjects letters to and from the sister s back in the 30 s and 40 s It was good, but the sideline romance was a bit odd, not well developed on her side was on his, but then it felt like just an abrubt ending, you find out what happened to the p Not as good as The Perfume Collector, that is why i picked up this book, good though Believe it must has been one of the author s early books, not as well written as The Perfume Collector Throughout the book it tells the current day story and then interjects letters to and from the sister s back in the 30 s and 40 s It was good, but the sideline romance was a bit odd, not well developed on her side was on his, but then it felt like just an abrubt ending, you find out what happened to the pretty sister and then all of a sudden Jack and Cate get together abrubt Interesting to read the Author s notes at the end of how the story came to be and hear about some real stories of people being institutionalized and no one really knowing where they were flag Like see review Mar 02, 2017 Suzanne rated it liked it review of another edition Phooey Disappointing.This is the third bok from this author that I ve read and while I thoroughly enjoyed the first two, this one was a disappointment It seemed to ramble quite a bit, and there were many pieces left hanging that didn t seem to fit The letter writers were frequently confusing and references didn t connect The present day story line seemed full of depression, anger and sadness, but again was very disjointed After finishing this and frankly I had to make myself finish it I f Phooey Disappointing.This is the third bok from this author that I ve read and while I thoroughly enjoyed the first two, this one was a disappointment It seemed to ramble quite a bit, and there were many pieces left hanging that didn t seem to fit The letter writers were frequently confusing and references didn t connect The present day story line seemed full of depression, anger and sadness, but again was very disjointed After finishing this and frankly I had to make myself finish it I felt a little sad and hanging I would not recommend this particular novel, but based on others from this author, I will try one moe, as we all have off days and create mediocre products, right flag Like see review Jan 29, 2018 Brit rated it really liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here There is a reason that Tessaro is one of my favorite authors and this book reminds me why This is a great little mystery and a quick read I love how the letters were interspliced within the story and I was 90% happy with the ending Spoiler I always want What happened to the son One question I still had leftwithin the shoebox, Kate found a key What did it open I though maybe the portable desk but we didn t find out for sure I almost felt like the title could have been T There is a reason that Tessaro is one of my favorite authors and this book reminds me why This is a great little mystery and a quick read I love how the letters were interspliced within the story and I was 90% happy with the ending Spoiler I always want What happened to the son One question I still had leftwithin the shoebox, Kate found a key What did it open I though maybe the portable desk but we didn t find out for sure I almost felt like the title could have been The Mistress as that seemed like the underlying theme of the story and o like how the theme was treated different ways in the story I loved the Authors Note at the end Tessaros thoughts really tied it all together for me I loved it flag Like see review Dec 16, 2017 Therese Van arsdale rated it really liked it review of another edition Tessaro TreasureKathleen Tessaro manages to be both funny and stylish, a hard act to pull off In The Debutant, the world she moves the reader through is a bit murkier than in her previous novels but Tessaro manages to maintain her wit even when dealing with the Bright Young Things of the 1920 s and their modern equivalents The older generation seemed to enjoy themselves comprehensively Both sets of characters are drifting and we hope they won t go under.Well written this novel will kee Tessaro TreasureKathleen Tessaro manages to be both funny and stylish, a hard act to pull off In The Debutant, the world she moves the reader through is a bit murkier than in her previous novels but Tessaro manages to maintain her wit even when dealing with the Bright Young Things of the 1920 s and their modern equivalents The older generation seemed to enjoy themselves comprehensively Both sets of characters are drifting and we hope they won t go under.Well written this novel will keep you up trying to figure out the clues flag Like see review Dec 29, 2017 Cindy rated it liked it review of another edition I enjoyed this ronantic mystery about a man and woman assigned to inventory the contents of an English manor house in preparation for an auction The young woman, Cate, finds a hidden shoebox filled with an assortment of items and letters related to a woman who disappeared years ago The characters of both women are slowly revealed throughout the story, as the young woman attempts to determine what happened flag Like see review May 30, 2018 Naomi rated it liked it review of another edition I got this one from the library because I loved the Rare Objects so much It was absorbing but at this point in the month, I ve read 4 other novels with the same structure of dual timelines and self awareness life lessons I was much interested in the characters from the past than the present day ones, and ultimately that story wasn t tied up neatly at the end Still, it was compelling and I d recommend it flag Like see review Sep 25, 2018 Kelly Callaghan rated it liked it 3.5 Stars Slow to get into but worth the effort.There are two stories that unfold Jack and Cate are valuing the contents of a grand old house for an upcoming auction As this story progresses we get each person s back story.The second story involves the life of the woman who owned the house, Irene, and her famous sister, Diana known as Baby Diana disappeared in the early 1940s and Cate find out flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Books by Kathleen Tessaro More Trivia About The Debutante No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Debutante We forgive not because it s easy or the right thing to do, but that the choice to forgive is in itself powerful It s an affirmation, a willingness to take life on life s terms And a privilege that no one can take from you It 2 likes There is not one part of me that won t shrink and die without you There is not one moment when I will not regret the very air I breathe I am inadequate, a complete failure in the very task of loving and yet I love you I love you Badly Stupidly As clumsily and as greedily and as hopelessly as a child And I would not, for all the world, have you believe otherwise I am broken 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 318, 649, 906, 280, 81 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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        Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University In the middle of her sopho year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty three years She began writing at the suggestion of a friend and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer s Workshop Her debut novel Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University In the middle of her sopho year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty three years She began writing at the suggestion of a friend and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer s Workshop Her debut novel, Elegance, became a bestseller in hardback and paperback All of Kathleen s novels Elegance, Innocence, The Flirt, The Debutante, The Perfume Collector, and Rare Objects have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world She returned to Pittsburgh in 2009, where she now lives with her husband and son


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    1. A shameful secret I am prone to violent literary crushes Every once in a while every two three years, perhaps I put Respectful Reading aside to hunt down and read every last Murakami novel, every Chabon novel, every horribile dictu John Green novel, every Mohsin Hamid novel There also are near crushes Sarah Waters had the potential, and we nearly hit it off, but no It always has to be a living writer, never what would be called ambitious literature in GR circles I blame my usual A shameful secre [...]


    2. Overall I enjoyed this book I m a sucker for chick lit books set in England However, at the end of it, I wanted I wanted closure to the historical story than what I ultimately got.


    3. An easy read, like most of other reviews I preferred this historical part of the story and would have like of that The modern day characters were in comparison pretty boring.


    4. Kathleen Tessaro is highly underrated in the literature genre especially in the sub genre arena for chick lit women s fiction All of her novels have a depth most authors fail to capture, with unforgettable plots that are emotionally impacting The Debutante is Tessaro s latest novel.Jack is a handsome, though humble antique cataloguing expert sent to the empty Endsleigh House, an estate at its liveliest throughout the 1920s 1930s and the home of the famous debutante Blythe sisters Accompan Kathle [...]


    5. I think I would have liked this book better if it had concentrated on the Blythe sisters I found their story interesting than I did Cate s or Jack s If this book had just been about Cate and Jack I don t think I could have continued reading What made me keep reading was the mystery surrounding the Blythe sisters, mainly, Baby Blythe They had depth to them Cate and Jack just fell flat for me.


    6. This book was delicious It had a bitter bite here or there due to my somewhat prudish nature when it comes to certain words but overall. such a delicious story.This is the recipe for a delicious story.One part modern romance.One part mysterious d butante.One part old, sad home.One part insanity.Mix all those up together, put a beautiful pink cover on the book and you have the makings of a fun, interesting, sad, heart warming, intriguing story.What I loved most about The D butante by Kathleen Thi [...]


    7. I thought this book would be a sunnier beach read than it turned out to be At first, I had a hard time caring about the characters, who are all wealthy, extremely self absorbed, and kind of prone to obsessive behavior It s kind of like Sex In The City but since the characters are mostly grieving over some kind of loss or betrayal, it has a much darker quality to it The story moves back and forth between modern London and 1930 s London The Modern London part features a widowed man and a young I t [...]


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