Chloe Kimball comes of age in the Roaring '20s. Wealthy and pampered, yet starved for love by an alcoholic mother and manipulative father, she seizes her first opportunity to escape her unhappy home—in the arms of a handsome soldier ready to fight in World War I.

Married but alone in New York, she finds an unexpected career and surprising friendships, but even these and motherhood leave her unfulfilled. When she's tempted to take wrong turns in her life and the Great Depression steals the buffer of her wealth, will she realize that unconditional love and security can be found only in God?

Cote takes a stirring look at a troubled woman seeking acceptance in all the wrong places. But this dark story seems to ask for a more literary voice, and Chloe's epiphany of love at the end needs a deeper look at the internal process to heighten plausibility. (Jun., 304 pp., $10.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson