No matter how far they travel, or how long they’re gone, you can be certain that the Wiltshire women will always navigate their way back home…One grand old manor, housing the same family for many generations. An amazing cache of elaborate costumes and dresses acquired from across the globe. Eight fashionable women, bound by generations of secrets and shared experience.
1923: Elizabeth is just a girl when she sees her beloved mother Rose kissing someone else – a man who is definitely not her father – in the Wiltshire family pile’s greenhouse. Thrown into uncertainty and shame, she leaves for boarding school and, apart from a few ill-fated holidays home, never returns. Until after her mother’s death. But what is the real truth behind Rose’s infidelity, and the shocking relationship that will tear them all asunder?
1984: Sasha can take or leave the confines of her family estate and the traditions that go with it, but her move to New York makes her realise that it’s not so easy to succeed without them as she once thought, and that sometimes love alone will keep you afloat.
1967: Georgette feels blessed to be growing up in a freer time than that of her mother or older sisters. But one day she realises that choice – and duty – can still pose a heavy burden. Finding herself in trouble for the first time, she is forced to make a decision which sets her moral compass wildly spinning.
Christmas, 1940: Victoria is headstrong and bold, and so sure of what she wants out of life. Before, that is, she meets Will by accident during the dark days of the London Blitz. War appears to be pushing them together, but who is Will really, and can he be trusted?
2015: the Wiltshire family fortune is in dire straits. Sisters Celia and Penelope are so very different from one another, but each of them has their own ideas for saving Bradford Manor and their parents’ dying business. Secrets about their home threaten to undo their efforts, but only in uncovering its mysteries are they able to lay ghosts from the past to rest and look forward once again to a brighter future.
As the Wiltshire women dip in and out of the family legacy – an attic filled to the rafters with clothes and accessories which have witnessed births, deaths, marriages and so much more – they struggle to negotiate their roles as daughters, wives and mothers. They also come to realise the stunning impact that history has upon each of their stories, the fine balance between personal fulfilment and filial duty, and the seductive power of dressing up.
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