Listen to this gripping audiobook, narrated by the talented Tavia Gilbert, as M.J. Rose takes you on a journey back to the Gilded Age. Immerse yourself in the world of New York City in 1910, a city of contrasts. Picture the extravagant balls on Fifth Avenue, where the elite dance the night away in their opulent mansions. Contrast that with the Lower East Side, where poor immigrants struggle to survive in cramped and dilapidated tenements.
In this city, the suffrage movement is gaining momentum, but female reporters are still largely confined to covering fashion and lifestyle. However, Vera Garland is determined to break free from these constraints and make a name for herself in the world of serious journalism.
When the renowned Hope Diamond is purchased for a staggering sum, Vera's curiosity is piqued. She delves into rumors surrounding the new owner, jeweler Pierre Cartier, and his alleged manipulation of the diamond's value. Vera's quest for the truth leads her down a dangerous path, bringing her face-to-face with a magazine publisher whose blackmailing schemes resulted in the death of her beloved father.
Desperate for answers, Vera seeks the assistance of a young Russian jeweler. Little does she know that their collaboration will ignite an unexpected romance. As the web of deception tightens around her, Vera risks losing everything she has fought so hard to achieve.
Set against the backdrop of New York's glamorous and gritty landscape, this mesmerizing historical novel explores the depths of human desire for love, justice, and the pursuit of one's destiny, no matter the cost.
With an audiobook rating of 2.8/5 and a runtime of 11 hours and 4 minutes, this is a captivating tale that will transport you to a bygone era. So sit back, relax, and let M.J. Rose and Tavia Gilbert whisk you away on a thrilling journey of ambition, betrayal, and the eternal search for truth.