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The Costumier’s Gift


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Book Series The New Zealand Immigrant Collection,
Genres Historical Fiction
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Why does a stranger hold the key to unlocking Katie’s family secrets?

In 1903 Jane is the talented principal costumier at Auckland’s Opera House in its Edwardian heyday. She thrives in this place where she can hide from her pain and keep her skeletons to herself – until the past comes back to haunt her.

Brigid, her beloved foster mother, and her best friend Gwenna are anchors in her solitary yet rewarding life. As the decades go by, the burden of carrying secrets becomes too great, and Jane must pass on the hidden truths.

Today Katie seeks refuge from her crumbling personal life with her grandmother, who lives in past with the people in her cherished photographs.

All too soon, Katie learns she must identify the people behind the gentle smiles – including the Edwardian woman to whom she bears a remarkable resemblance – and reveal generations of secrets before she can claim her inheritance.

She meets the intriguing Jared, who stirs her interest, but she’s not ready for any sort of romance, so is shocked when she learns that he holds the key to discovering her past.

Continuing the family sagas of ‘Brigid The Girl from County Clare’ and ‘Gwenna the Welsh Confectioner’

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