About The Book
Excerpt: Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.
Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus–the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.
Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too–and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.
When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice–whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to have.
This story follows Vera’s life by alternating chapters between her life in the year 1913 when she attended Vassar with her friend Bea and her current life in 1923. Vera has always lived a life of privilege and her mother makes sure that she never steps out of line of what society expects.
Vera’s days are spent socializing with the other residents of Angelus and always waiting for her husband to come home. Which he normally never does because he’s always “working”. We quickly see that Vera is very lonely and really has no excitement in her life. Vera gets excited when a handsome French artist, Emil moves into the Angelus to paint a mural. Finally, Vera has someone to talk to about art.
Vera and Emil find themselves falling for each other, but Vera knows that he’s hiding things from her about his identity. The more she starts falling for Emil, Vera realizes that she’s not happy with the life she’s leading.
This love story had me rooting for Vera to choose love over her privileged lifestyle and everything that goes with it. I was hooked on this book from the moment I started reading it!
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About The Author
Amber Brock is an author of historical fiction and a native of Spartanburg, SC. After graduating from Furman University, she completed an M.A. at the University of Georgia. Her time as a teacher at a girls’ school has made her an advocate for women’s education. She is a passionate student of history, an avid traveler, and “mom” to three rescue dogs. She lives with her husband, a fellow English teacher, in Atlanta, GA.
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I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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