The Life She Wanted


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$16.99  $15.80
Lake Union Publishing
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author

Anita Abriel is the internationally bestselling author of The Life She Wanted, The Light After the War, and Lana's War. She received a BA in English literature with a minor in creative writing from Bard College. Born in Sydney, Australia, Anita lives in California with her family. Her hobbies include walking on the beach, seeing classic movies, reading, and traveling. For more information, visit


"This is a fast-paced historical read that examines the roles of men and women in the 1920s, what was accepted and what was not, and the idea that sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you." --Booklist

"The Life She Wanted transports readers to glittering Jazz Age New York as Pandora Carmichael seeks to have it all..." --Historical Novels Review

"A delightful read from cover to cover. The Life She Wanted is the story of Pandora Carmichael, a woman of modest means thrust into a world of privilege and opportunity. When she finally finds her happily ever after, a devastating secret shatters Pandora's world, forcing her to rethink her dreams. Abriel weaves a stunning tale of love and friendship while taking the reader on a masterful journey of self-discovery, where at the very heart is a woman of courage, loyalty, and ambition." --Rochelle B. Weinstein, author of When We Let Go

"The Life She Wanted is a vividly crafted story of self-discovery and resilience set in one of the most transformational periods in America's history: the Roaring 1920s, a time of radical social, artistic, and cultural change, especially for women. Abriel did such a masterful job painting the brilliant backdrop of this heartfelt novel, I found myself dreaming about it long after the last page was turned." --Suzanne Redfearn, bestselling author of In an Instant

"A compulsively readable coming-of-age story set against a dazzling Roaring Twenties backdrop, The Life She Wanted had me flipping pages late into the night. Full of intricately researched history and characters you'll root for, Anita Abriel's latest proves it might be a long and winding road, but true love always finds a way. Fans of The Gilded Age will devour this treat of a novel!" --Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil

"Anita Abriel's The Life She Wanted is the captivating story of Pandora Carmichael, a young woman growing up among the elite upper class of 1920s New York, though she is merely a spectator to the extraordinary privilege that money provides. But with dreams of both romance and a career of her own as a fashion designer, Pandora blends into New York society and ultimately finds herself on a path in life that is both heartbreaking and illuminating. With meticulous historical detail and a protagonist you root for from the very first page, The Life She Wanted is a charming tale of one woman's quest to shape a future for herself that is authentically her own." --Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Secret Stealers

"The Life She Wanted radiates with realistic, lovable characters; stunning plot twists; and the glorious description of the opulent life of the elite class in New York. Told with care and tenderness, the novel is a mesmerizing and triumphant tale of love, loyalty, and how a talented woman discovers herself, desire, marriage, and success in a world full of prestige and prejudice. Spellbinding, joyful, and timeless, The Life She Wanted is a gemstone of a novel. I couldn't put the book down!" --Weina Dai Randel, author of The Last Rose of Shanghai

"The glamorous cast of characters in Anita Abriel's The Life She Wanted captivated me from the start, while the unforgettable setting had me dreaming about stepping inside every mansion in wealthy 1920s New York. But I adored Pandora most, the novel's plucky heroine whose single father works at one of the region's grand estates, giving Pandora entrée into a world of glittery formal balls and suitors with deep pockets. And while Pandora seems like she's on a path to good fortune, her story shows us it's rare that life turns out as planned--no matter how much money you have. For anyone who loves a sweeping rags-to-riches tale, Anita Abriel's novel delights!" --Brooke Lea Foster, author of On Gin Lane