Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl

Attention all history buffs and book lovers: get ready to step back in time and dive into the glamorous world of 1930s Fifth Avenue. In her new novel, Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl, author Renee Rosen takes us on a journey through the lavish lifestyles and powerful journeys of some of the most iconic women in history. Inspired by true events, this historical fiction novel shines a light on groundbreaking women who shaped the beauty industry. Get ready to be captivated by these Fifth Avenue women's glitz, glamour, and untold stories.

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Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl book review

Quick Look

  • early 20th-century historical fiction
  • Manhattan setting
  • female friendship story⁣
  • women in the workforce⁣
  • female titans of industry⁣

Pub Date: April 25, 2023⁣

Thank you @BerkleyPub for the gifted e-copy!⁣

Publisher's Synopsis

It’s 1938, and a young woman selling face cream out of a New York City beauty parlor is determined to prove she can have it all. Her name is Estée Lauder, and she’s about to take the world by storm, in this dazzling new novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces and Park Avenue Summer.

In New York City, you can disappear into the crowd. At least that’s what Gloria Downing desperately hopes as she tries to reinvent herself after a devastating family scandal. She’s ready for a total life makeover and a friend she can lean on—and into her path walks a young, idealistic woman named Estée. Their chance encounter will change Gloria’s life forever.

Estée dreams of success and becoming a household name like Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, and Revlon. Before Gloria knows it, she is swept up in her new friend’s mission and while Estée rolls up her sleeves, Gloria begins to discover her own talents. After landing a job at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York’s finest luxury department store, Gloria finds her voice, which proves instrumental in opening doors for Estée’s insatiable ambitions.

But in a world unaccustomed to women with power, they’ll each have to pay the price that comes with daring to live life on their own terms and refusing to back down.

My Review

I adored Rosen's novel Park Avenue Summer and was eager to read her latest. Unsurprisingly, it was a smash hit for me. I love books featuring fearless females, especially women in the workforce. Women working outside the home was a novel concept before WWII, so reading about a woman taking the initiative to start her own business during this period was especially fun!

The two main characters were both flawed, which I especially enjoyed. They knew what they wanted and didn't mind tearing each other down to achieve their dreams. Rosen's drama helps to keep you engaged in what could have been a dense, somewhat boring read. It's wild to think these women really may have sabotaged each other. Ultimately, they learn to appreciate each other for helping ensure their success.

Like her previous novel, Rosen creates believable character arcs and compelling storylines in Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl. Estee's story, in particular, is maddening sometimes, but it's hard to put the book down because you want to know what happens next. While this one is more character-driven, there were enough highs and lows to drive the story forward.

My Review

Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl will likely intrigue you if you appreciate reading books about ground-breaking women. It's catty, progressive, and focused on all the things that make being female so very fascinating while also being frustrating. I think true fans of historical fiction will appreciate this new novel! And if you haven't read Park Avenue Summer, here is your sign. 😉⁣

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