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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times bestselling team of Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White—a novel of money and secrets set among the famous summer mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, spanning over a century from the Gilded Age to the present day.

“Three stories elegantly intertwine in this clever and stylish tale of murder and family lies…. This crackerjack novel offers three mysteries for the price of one.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

2019: Andie Figuero has just landed her dream job as a producer of Mansion Makeover, a popular reality show about restoring America’s most lavish historic houses. Andie has high hopes for her latest project: the once glorious but gently crumbling Sprague Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, summer resort of America’s gilded class—famous for the lavish “summer cottages” of Vanderbilts and Belmonts. But Andie runs into trouble: the reclusive heiress who still lives in the mansion, Lucia “Lucky” Sprague, will only allow the show to go forward on two conditions: One, nobody speaks to her. Two, nobody touches the mansion’s ruined boathouse.

1899: Ellen Daniels has been hired to give singing lessons to Miss Maybelle Sprague, a naive young Colorado mining heiress whose stepbrother John has poured their new money into buying a place among Newport’s elite. John is determined to see Maybelle married off to a fortune-hunting Italian prince, and Ellen is supposed to polish up the girl for her launch into society. But the deceptively demure Ellen has her own checkered past, and she’s hiding in plain sight at Sprague Hall.

1958: Lucia “Lucky” Sprague has always felt like an outsider at Sprague Hall. When she and her grandmother—the American-born Princess di Conti—fled Mussolini’s Italy, it seemed natural to go back to the imposing Newport house Nana owned but hadn’t seen since her marriage in 1899. Over the years, Lucky's lost her Italian accent and found a place for herself among the yachting set by marrying Stuyvesant Sprague, the alcoholic scion of her Sprague stepfamily. But one fateful night in the mansion’s old boathouse will uncover a devastating truth...and change everything she thought she knew about her past.

As the cameras roll on Mansion Makeover, the house begins to yield up the dark secrets the Spragues thought would stay hidden forever….

©2022 Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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If only Andie wasn’t part of the story…

It’s kind of insulting how shallow and stupid Andie and the network think the “viewers” are. Who would watch a show where they cover murals on the ceiling in a Newport mansion with shiplap? I’ve been to those mansions and the most interesting part is the old architecture and what the lives of the people who lived there were like. What’s wrong with wanting to know about the people who lived in the mansions? It doesn’t detract from the beauty of the mansions. Just insulting and unrealistic. I would skip this one.

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Disappointed

I have enjoyed another book by this/these author/authors so I bought this one before the reviews were out. Never again.
I’m a fan of historical novels. There wasn’t much of that in this book.
Mostly a fluffy harlequin romance kind of book and not my cup of tea.

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Not exemplary of the authors' talents! SLOW

Disappointing at best. Some characters were well developed whole the plot was gossamer thin. Additionally, to set a book in the Guilded Age in Newport and rarely mention any of the mansions or their occupants other than the Vanderbilts is a discredit to history and the actual members of the 400 that made Newport the respite it is. Not worth the time invested.

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Almost perfect

This book was a delight! The only problem was one of the voices used for one of the characters. It made me cringe. The character was young; though not a child, yet child-like. The voice was much more suitable for a toddler or very young child. 😬

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Pretty Good but,....

This was a pretty good book but it took me a while to get the characters straightened out as you bounce between 1899, 1957 and the present. Narration is good - just had to re-listen sometimes to grab where I was at. It got easier and eventually I knew who belonged where.

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Another great work from three of my favorite authors!

I was patiently waiting for this to be released, it did not disappoint! I usually listen on x1.2 speed however, to make the experience last longer I left it 1.0 speed. I love each other these authors. They somehow manage to collaborate flawlessly and present a well thought out plot. Entertaining and transportive!!

My only initial struggle was with Lucky’s narrator and only at first. I just kept hearing the afflictions in her voice as disruptive to the narrative of the story. Either she got better at that ‘raspy,’ sore throat sound or I got used to it though

Certainly recommend this one!

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Great read

Loved the plot
Incredible unpredictable ending
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Interesting depiction of the demise of the Gilded Age

If you’ve ever been to Newport you will enjoy this book all the more.
Supremely well edited and that’s what makes it work as three separate stories blended as one.

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Love the tie In

This may be a new fav of mine! I love the drama and tie in between each generation.

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Fabulous

I loved this book! You had me fooled until the very end! I love the going back and forth between the years…fabulous!