A captivating family drama about sisters and long-held secrets spanning from the 1930s to the present day, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. Chalfont Hall, Dorset, 1936, and as the dressmaker puts the last pins in her dress, 13-year-old Kit is wondering why she has to go through the charade of seeing her sister, Lily, presented at Court. With her waves of auburn hair and her piercing green eyes, Kit knows that her sister´s place on the social scene is guaranteed regardless of her dress, and as the door to a life of parties and eligible young men opens for Lily, Kit must make do with tiptoeing around the gallery of Chalfont, eavesdropping on the conversations of the grown-ups. But the arrival one evening of a distinctly German visitor soon sets in motion a chain of events that none of the family could have anticipated. Years later the aftershock of events will be felt by a new generation.... Read by Julia Barrie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julia Barrie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/001016/bk_orio_001016_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cotillion: A formal gathering of bright young women on the verge of entering adulthood, the society pages, and prospective high-tax-bracket marriages. Think a Civil War reenactment with crisp, clean white dresses. Catfight: An impromptu gathering of not-so-young women on the verge of losing their cool. Think a cotillion with hair-pulling. It´s been more than a year since the Kudzu Debutantes exacted sweet, merciless revenge on their cheating husbands, but the repercussions are still palpable throughout Ithaca, Georgia: Nita is anxiously preparing herself for marriage to Jimmy Lee, a man 13 years her junior; Lavonne, despite having dropped her husband - and 80 pounds - and having launched her own business, longs for love; and while Eadie remains married to Trevor, she feels more neglected than ever. So the occasion of Nita´s second wedding seems like just the ticket to cheer up the disconsolate Debs. But they´ve made a formidable enemy in Virginia Broadwell, first lady of Ithaca and the bride´s ex-mother-in-law. Hell-bent on vengeance and determined to restore old-school social mores, Virginia hatches a plan so devious it makes her pedicured toes curl in anticipation. Soon enough, the women are knocked for a loop, but you can´t keep a Kudzu Debutante down for long. The one thing stronger than Virginia´s wrath is the bond between the three friends, who soon learn that one of Virginia´s Jimmy Choos contains an irresistible Achilles´ heel. With spirit, wit, and down-home gumption, the take-no-prisoners trio decides it´s time to ditch their cotillion manners as they rally to save Nita´s marriage, Lavonne´s business, Eadie´s sanity, and the honor of Kudzu Debs the world over. Packed with authentic Southern flavor and characters as colorful as an azalea in full bloom, The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes serves up stinging one-liners and earthy wisdom in equal measure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003597/bk_blak_003597_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York and chaos erupts all around her. One twin´s excitement is balanced by the other´s outrage; her previous husband´s profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband´s flat refusal to attend. For Olympia´s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees, while Veronica´s identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there´s Olympia´s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia´s college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life, and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed. From a son´s crisis to a daughter´s heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered, and new traditions are born, a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Garrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000848/bk_rand_000848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes 17-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist - a nearly impossible dream for a girl. After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse - or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high-society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katharine McEwan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001667/bk_lili_001667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dorks, Dweebs, Debutantes, and Jocks—Where would you fit in? Being the new girl is tough—just ask 16-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she´s going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn´t make the first day any easier for her. Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach. And Kristi isn´t friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she´s invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don´t mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys). At first, Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in this jet-set crowd, she figures out there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: Don´t cross Kristi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katie Schorr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001296/bk_aren_001296_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.