When a handsome stranger about to leave for World War One proposes an elopement, Chloe, the perfect Southern lady, breaks free.
Born at Carlyle Place, the plantation her family has held for over two hundred years, Chloe Kimball was raised to be the perfect Southern lady. Still, she resists being the prize that her parents–an ambitious society maven and an equally ambitious politician–war to control. Surprising even herself, she breaks free. America has just entered the First World War and Chloe learns how to make her own way in 1917 New York City–a place nothing like home.
Soon Chloe is swept up in the heady tides of change in the young 20th century. The NAACP moves forward in the midst of race riots, women’s fight to gain the vote is at its peak. Chloe overcomes her lack of confidence to become the independent woman she never thought possible. But then the unexpected forces her to return home. Yet even in the South, the 1920’s are roaring with flappers, speak-easies and the Charleston. For a time, Chloe loses her way–a reluctant member of the “Lost Generation.”
As she recalls the woman she once was, she strives to become the woman she wants to be. But one thing holds her back. While pursued by a man any woman would want, she still loves the one man she lost. Will she ever be able to connect with this man, the one she hopes could help her make sense of her life?
The Carlyle Women-four generations,
each facing the challenges of her time
and each harboring her own painful secret~