Chloe - Women of Ivy Manor, Bk 1 Author:Lyn Cote Award-winning author Lyn Cote delivers the first story in her moving Women of Ivy Manor series about four generations of women, set against the sprawling tapestry of the twentieth century. — Chloe Lorraine Kimball is born at the estate of Ivy Manor in the wee hours of the twentieth century. She is the apple of her grandmother's eye, if not he... more »r mother and father's. For despite a home filled with everything a young girl could desire, she lacks the one thing she wants above all else--unconditional love from her parents.
Thinking she can win that love through her actions, she creates a successful life for herself in Washington, DC, as the belle of her father's political career. Bright and beautiful, she revels in the attention she receives from the capitol's major players. But in the end, as her world comes crashing down amid the opening months of the Depression, Chloe must realize that whether or not she's capable of giving and receiving love is something entirely up to her. And perhaps she can finally find happiness on her own terms.« less
Chloe Lorraine Kimball is born on her family's estate of Ivy Manor in the wee hours of january 1, 1990. The happiness surrounding her birth will not last long. For despite a home filled ith everything a young girl could want, Chloe lacks the one thing she desires above all else: love. She is young and beautiful, bright and kind, yet she is nothing more than a pretty decoration for her mother's social circles and a tool for her father's political career.
And so, with the help of friends - one of whom cares for Chloe more than she's prepared to acknowledge-Chloe strikes out on her own. escaping into New York City's bohemian world of the Roaring Twenties, she begins to live life on her own terms, determined to stand apart from her family. She embraces marriage and a career. But none of it-not even motherhood-brings her what she longs for.
In the end, as the Depression comes crashing into her life, Chloe must realize that peace comes from within-and that love can't be forced...or denied. Only then will she be able to find the joy that is waiting for her. But will she discover how to claim it once and for all before it's too late?
Absolutely loved it...so much so that I searched out the remainder of the series (of which this is the first). Chloe is born to a MD uppercrust eastern shore family. Of course she's beautiful and her parents want her to be content with this, but Chloe is also intelligent and compassionate. She rebels against them, becoming an advocate for the family's black servants. She also marries someone "not of [their] kind." And the storyline isn't as predictable as you might think.