Based on the true story of the Fortune sisters, three young women each at a crossroads when they boarded the RMS Titanic in the spring of 1912 –and how that maiden voyage would transform their lives in profound and unexpected ways.
Fans of The Second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abé and Patricia Falvey's The Titanic Sisters will be captivated as USA Today bestselling author Anna Lee Huber expertly weaves real historical figures and events into this vivid, surprising, emotionally powerful novel about the longing for independence and love—and the moments that irrevocably change even the best laid plans . . .
April,1912: It’s the perfect finale to a Grand Tour of Europe—sailing home on the largest, most luxurious ocean liner ever built. For the Fortune sisters, the voyage offers a chance to reflect on the treasures of the past they’ve seen—magnificent castles and museums in Italy and France, the ruins of Greece and the Middle East—and contemplate the futures that await them.
For Alice, there’s foreboding mixed with her excitement. A fortune teller in Egypt gave her a dire warning about traveling at sea. And the freedom she has enjoyed on her travels contrasts with her fiancé’s plans for her return—a cossetted existence she’s no longer sure she wants.
Flora is also returning to a fiancé, a well-to-do banker of whom her parents heartily approve, as befits their most dutiful daughter. Yet the closer the wedding looms, the less sure Flora feels. Another man—charming, exasperating, completely unsuitable—occupies her thoughts, daring her to follow her own desires rather than settling for the wishes of others.
Youngest sister Mabel knows her parents arranged this Grand Tour to separate her from a jazz musician. But the secret truth is that Mabel has little interest in marrying at all, preferring to explore ideas of suffrage and reform—even if it forces a rift with her family.
Each sister grapples with the choices before her as the grand vessel glides through the Atlantic waters. Until, on an infamous night, fate intervenes, forever altering their lives . . .
About the Author
Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction and mysteries, including the Lady Darby Mysteries and the Verity Kent Mysteries. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. A member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, she currently resides in Indiana with her family.
Praise for Anna Lee Huber:
“WWI buffs will love the in-depth historical detail.” —Publishers Weekly on A Certain Darkness
“Stellar mystery…a great read for fans of the series and all who enjoy Downton Abbey-era fiction.” —Booklist on A Pretty Deceit
“A historical mystery to delight fans of Agatha Christie or Daphne du Maurier.” —Bookpageon A Pretty Deceit
"Readers looking for atmospheric mystery set in the period following the Great War will savor the intricate plotting and captivating details of the era." —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW on Penny For Your Secrets
“Besides sumptuous details and atmospheric settings, the relationships among the characters, especially the tenuous renewed intimacy between Verity and her war-traumatized husband, set this series above more standard mysteries. So come for the rich, complex flavor of the bottle of pinot gris in a room swaddled in thick brocade drapes, but stay for Sidney’s wise observation of his wife’s interrogations: “you see to the heart of how they want to be seen, even if it conflicts with who they truly are.”—The Historical Novel Society on A Certain Darkness
"Huber compellingly recalls the devastation wreaked on the minds of the people and the fabric of the countries involved. A thrilling mystery that supplies its gutsy heroine with plenty of angst-ridden romance." —Kirkus Reviewson Treacherous is the Night
"Masterful...Just when you think the plot will zig, it zags. Regardless of how well-versed you may be in the genre, you'll be hard-pressed to predict this climax...Deeply enjoyable...just the thing if you're looking for relatable heroines, meatier drama, and smart characters with rich inner lives." —Criminal Element on Treacherous is the Night
"Huber is an excellent historical mystery writer, and Verity is her best heroine...Topped off with a gripping mystery, this will not disappoint." —Historical Novel Society on Treacherous is the Night
"Engrossing...Evocative historical details complement the well-drawn characters. The intricate plot builds to a surprising conclusion." —Publishers Weeklyon This Side of Murder