It’s 1938, and Estée Lauder, a young woman selling face cream out of a New York City beauty parlor, is determined to prove that she can achieve success in a male-dominated world.
She dreams of becoming a household name like Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, and Revlon. Meanwhile, Gloria Downing, a woman trying to reinvent herself after a family scandal, is looking for a friend and a fresh start.
When Gloria meets Estée, she is swept up in her friend’s mission and begins to discover her own talents. Through Estée’s determination and hard work, Gloria finds the courage to use her voice and soon lands a job at Saks Fifth Avenue, one of New York’s most prestigious luxury department stores.
Together, they make a dynamic team, with Estée’s creativity and drive, and Gloria’s determination and resilience.
However, in a world unaccustomed to women with power, they must each pay the price for daring to live life on their own terms and refusing to back down.
In this dazzling new novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces and Park Avenue Summer, the reader is taken on a journey through the lives of two women who fought against societal norms and expectations to achieve their dreams.