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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:35 am
Dusty Book: Hidden by Victoria Lustbader
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

Readers who enjoy Downton Abbey not only for the setting but for the time period may be intrigued by Victoria Lustbader’s Hidden, the grand and sweeping story of two American families in the early twentieth century.

From the Booklist review: Lustbader serves up a luscious historical melodrama as she interweaves the stories of two very different families from the waning days of the Great War through the glittering Roaring Twenties. Poised on the brink of a brilliant career with his grandfather’s Wall Street firm, blueblood Jed Gates impulsively enlists in the army to temporarily dodge the weight of familial expectations. On the other end of Manhattan, David Warshinksy, the ambitious son of impoverished Jewish immigrants, views military service as his way out of the Lower East Side and away from his family’s crippling neediness. Teaming up together during training and on the battlefields of France, Jed and David form a steadfast bond. After the war, David is reluctantly assimilated into Jed’s family against the wishes of domineering matriarch Sally Gates. While Jed and David embark upon a successful business partnership, each struggles with his own inner demons.

A page-turner chock-full of passion, romance, and hidden desires.

 

 


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