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by Jill Morrow
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William Morrow, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Jill Morrow's novel Newport takes place after the Great War, with brief flashbacks to 1898. Prohibition rules the United States. Shorter skirts with dropped waistlines are all the rage. Bobbed hair could give a girl a bad reputation. Weekend parties at the big and luxurious estates in Newport bring all sorts of people to see and be seen.

It is not a party, though, that brings attorney Adrian de la Noye to the summer cottage of Bennet Chapman, a multi-multi billionaire. Chapman wants his lawyer to write a new will removing his son and daughter from what they had always considered to be their inheritance. Needless to say, they are not happy campers. But when they learn that he plans to marry a woman nearly half his age (with his late wife as witness to the ceremony), the brother and sister want Bennet declared incompetent.

Fortunately for Bennet, someone at his gathering can speak for Elizabeth, the late wife. Turns out she is the one who wanted him to remarry! Various members of the house party have previous doings with, and to, others. Past and present relationships become common knowledge. Who knew whom when? How intimate was their time together? Could any of this affect the outcome of the planned wedding?

The tangled pasts of the house guests become more and more evident as the time for the proposed nuptials grows nearer. Note that you must pay close attention to the brief forays in 1898 or you will lose the strength of the conversations between this mixed group.

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