A Novel

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Following in the steps of Beatriz Williams and Amor Towles, this richly atmospheric, spellbinding novel transports readers to the dazzling, glamorous world of Newport during the Roaring Twenties and to a mansion filled with secrets as a debonair lawyer must separate truth from deception.

Spring 1921. The Great War is over, Prohibition is in full swing, the Depression still years away, and Newport, Rhode Island's glittering "summer cottages" are inhabited by the gloriously rich families who built them.

Attorney Adrian De la Noye is no stranger to Newport, having sheltered there during his misspent youth. Though he'd prefer to forget the place, he returns to revise the will of a well-heeled client. Bennett Chapman's offspring have the usual concerns about their father's much-younger fianc#65533;e. But when they learn of the old widower's firm belief that his first late wife, who "communicates" via s#65533;ance, has chosen the beautiful Catherine Walsh for him, they're shocked. And for Adrian, encountering Catherine in the last place he saw her decades ago proves to be a far greater surprise.

Still, De la Noye is here to handle a will, and he fully intends to do so--just as soon as he unearths every last secret, otherworldly or not, about the Chapmans, Catherine Walsh . . . and his own very fraught history.

A skillful alchemy of social satire, dark humor, and finely drawn characters, Newport vividly brings to life the glitzy era of the 1920s.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062375858
Branch Call Number: FIC MORRO J


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Sep 06, 2017

A hauntingly gripping story that you won't want to put down. Family drama at it's best.

Jun 11, 2016

Newport by Jill Morrow is a fun beach read. Morrow transports the reader to the elegant mansions and posh parties of roaring Twenties Newport, Rhode Island, where money is no object, graduating the best schools is a given, and securing a fine position in society is expected - the defined path of the gentleman. In such a carefree society, how could anything happen more tragic than a coffee stain on a silk tie? Well it does -- Sytlistcally, Newport is chock full of the formulaic elements of a taught murder/mystery. Yes, Morrow’s character development includes the anxious relative itching to inherit, guests guessing whose related to whom, apparitions appearing and communicating in full sentences with or without a séance, characters reeling off a litany of regrets, secrets unravel, and among the cacophony come the plot twists keeping the reader guesing until the end. So sit back, grab a cool drink, and enjoy fitting the pieces to this cool and refreshing mystery puzzle.

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