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A Fine Imitation


Thanks to The Library Thing, I had the opportunity to read A Fine Imitation (B) by Amber Brock. Set in Manhattan in the 1920’s, the reader is drawn into the life of a socialite.

When we first meet Vera, she’s a senior at Vassar College studying art history. This in itself sets her apart from other young women of her age. Most of her peers are married or preparing to get married. She is serious about art and is even more serious about doing well in college. She has been reclusive while studying there until she meets Brea. She and Vera become unlikely friends despite the mystery surrounding Brea’s transfer to Vassar.

Vera’s life is full of rules and expectations. She is soon to become engaged to a man ten years older than she. His wealth will allow her to maintain the only life she has known. Brea’s approach to life is very different. When Vera and Brea become involved in a bit of college scandal, Vera is tempted to follow her heart and live her own life. Her very convincing and dominant mother will not allow that to happen.

Ten years later, a mysterious stranger tempts Vera again. Emil Hallan is hired to paint a mural in the poolroom of the very prestigious building she lives in. Lost in a loveless marriage, she discovers her true self in Emil’s arms, a man she knows nothing about. What choices will she make this time?

Amber Brock paints an exceptionally well-detailed portrait of the life of a socialite. On the surface it appears as the most coveted position in life. In reality, it’s more like a prison. Alternating between the past and present the story flows unraveling mysteries as you go along. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel devouring it in a day and I’m sure you will feel the same.


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