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Monday, May 7, 2018

Lone Star Book Bloggers' Tour: The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio **ENTER GIVEAWAY**

THE WAY OF BEAUTY
by
Camille Di Maio
Genre: Historical Fiction / 20th Century / Literary
Publisher: Lake Union Press Date of Publication: May 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 384
  
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Hearts and dreams evolve in the shadow of the once-magnificent Penn Station.
Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations by devoting herself to the suffrage movement. In Pearl, Vera finds an unexpected dear friend…and a stirring new cause of her own. But when Pearl’s selfless work pulls her farther from Angelo and their son, the life Vera craved is suddenly within her reach—if her conscience will allow her to take it.
Her choice will define not only her future but also that of her daughter, Alice.
Vera and Alice—a generation and a world apart—are bound by the same passionate drive to fulfill their dreams. As first mother and then daughter come of age in a city that is changing as rapidly as its skyline, they’ll each discover that love is the only constant.

PRAISE FOR THE WAY OF BEAUTY:
"The Way of Beauty is a thing of beauty. The writing is gorgeous, the story is engaging, the characters are amazing. The amount of research that goes into historical fiction just astounds me. Add this to your TBR!”
"If you want to be swept away by a love story set in a fascinating and meticulously researched past, Camille Di Maio is the author for you. Don't miss this one."
“A captivating story of love and family that spans several generations."
"The writing transports you to the time, not so long ago when women had to choose between love and their rights. Camille Di Maio's dialogue, descriptions, and relationships create a complete picture of the era and struggles. Great book club book." 

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Top 5 Research Spots for
THE WAY OF BEAUTY
By Camille Di Maio

1.      Penn Station – whenever I train to and from New York, I have to pass through Penn Station. And honestly, it’s a disaster. Having visited magnificent train stations all over the world, it’s a shame that that visitors to America’s biggest city are welcomed so poorly. Knowing what used to be there – the stunning station I wrote about in my book – makes the tragedy of its loss even more profound. While there are unnoticeable traces of the old station in the current one, the one obvious one is a granite eagle that is perched outside – one of many that used to adorn the perimeter. I’d read about the eagles in my research, and in fact, they start the story. So when I saw one up close – his firm eyes, the detail in his feathers, his proud stance, I just cried and cried. The good news is that the loss of Penn Station heralded public interest in saving other New York landmarks. And as Grand Central was on the chopping block next, it owes its life to its sister station.

2.      Ellis Island – Though none of my scenes take place here, I do have several immigrants who feature prominently in the book. So, Ellis Island was an excellent place to explore to understand the immigrant experience. One can only imagine all the emotions that have been experienced inside its walls.

3.      The Tenement Museum – Visiting this museum was vital for understanding the living conditions of many people living in New York at that time. Bathrooms were sometimes shared with twenty families, and water running from faucets might come in brown. These were just a few of the details that helped me paint a picture of life at that time.

4.      Coney Island – I’m sad to say that I haven’t actually been to Coney Island, but it does play a pivotal role in one scene. So, I’ve only visited it virtually, though documentaries, photographs, and articles. But I am thankful that so many records exist because I did get the feel of being there!

5.      Macy’s – In the second part of the book, Vera works at a glove counter at Macy’s. I have always loved that building. It claims to be the world’s largest department store, and it is a big magical place, sitting right there at Herald Square. My favorite part are the wooden escalators – I wrote about them in the book, and you must see them if you go there!


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~Romance Writers of America Honor Roll Inductee~
Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 19 years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She's lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai'i to feel like a local. She's traveled to four continents (so far) and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmer’s markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There's almost nothing she wouldn't try, so long as it doesn't involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal. The Memory of Us was Camille's debut novel. Her second, Before the Rain Falls was released on May 16, 2017, and The Way of Beauty is her third novel.  ‬‬‬‬

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