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Stormi's Review: The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing RELEASED: May 1, 2018 GENRE: historical fiction LENGTH: 377 pages FORMAT: ebook, paperback, audible


Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations by devoting herself to the suffrage movement. In Pearl, Vera finds an unexpected dear friend…and a stirring new cause of her own. But when Pearl’s selfless work pulls her farther from Angelo and their son, the life Vera craved is suddenly within her reach—if her conscience will allow her to take it. Her choice will define not only her future but also that of her daughter, Alice. Vera and Alice—a generation and a world apart—are bound by the same passionate drive to fulfill their dreams. As first mother and then daughter come of age in a city that is changing as rapidly as its skyline, they’ll each discover that love is the only constant.


Vera is a young woman in an ever-changing turn of the century world. Her love, Angelo, becomes engaged to Pearl, leaving Vera sad and heartbroken. Vera and Pearl, as unlikely a match as they are, become friends. This friendship is one that may change Vera's life and Alice's, her daughter. Pearl is a strong woman who fights for women's rights, and throughout this powerful story, you see a world of change. Camille did it again. This is her third book I have read, and once again I' am blown away. This story was researched and detailed. Her stories always paint such pictures of the past that wrap a reader in the cocoon of a grand a magical tale. From beginning to end the characters tug at your heart. Vera was a great character, from a sad little girl to a grown woman full of love and strength, she becomes a character and is one that you can't help but love. Her daughter is yet another wonderful character. She is carefree and powerful in her own right. This story was amazing in romance. From Angelo and Vera and their rocky start to Alice, torn between Emmett and William, the romance is fantastic and so true and powerful. This story was amazingly written. It had history, love, change, and passion. It was sweet and sad; it was all around excellent. It was full of colorful and relatable characters. Honestly, it was just a fantastic story.

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