Palace Beautiful (Hardcover)

By Sarah Deford Williams

Putnam Publishing Group, 9780399252983, 232pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/6/2011)

List Price: 16.99*
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When sisters Sadie and Zuzu Brooks move to Salt Lake City, they discover a secret room in the attic of their new house, with a sign that reads "Palace Beautiful" and containing an old journal. Along with their neighbor, dramatic Belladonna Desolation (real name: Kristin Smith), they take turns reading the story of a girl named Helen living during the flu epidemic of 1918. The journal ends with a tragedy that has a scary parallel to Sadie and Zuzu's lives, and the girls become obsessed with finding out what happened to Helen after the journal ends. Did she survive the flu? Is she still alive somewhere? Or could her ghost be lurking in the nearby graveyard?

Sarah DeFord Williams has created a gripping read that covers two time periods, many fantastic characters, and a can't-put-it-down ending, all with delightful, extraordinary prose.

About the Author

Sarah DeFord Williams lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three kids. In addition to writing and spending time with her family, she loves being outdoors - especially in the mountains. She also plays guitar, sings, and enjoys songwriting. This is her first book.