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After his death, Helen Drake found herself at the helm of her father’s passion project, a warehouse in lower Manhattan that served as a hub for the fashion industry’s elite photographers and top models. But Helen Drake had passions of her own. Already resentful of being forced to leave her home in Italy and unable to maintain the high octane atmosphere of the warehouse, she moved Drake’s Photography to a more subdued location in midtown. Following her were a handful of employees willing to stay on the payroll. They included photographers Curtis Ayers and Ryan Hart, operations coordinator Priscilla Bryant, and her assistant and best friend, Chloe Shepard. Since the move, for most of them, their job responsibilities are at a minimum, but they serve Helen’s needs in other ways for a premium while juggling their own desires for change. Between her tortured past and her ongoing obsession with Valeska Zacarra, Helen finds herself preoccupied with everything but her responsibilities to Drake’s.

Valeska Zacarra and her Italian partner, Christina (Tina) Birch, own three nightclubs in Milan, Paris, and New York. Tina tolerates Valeska’s unusual relationship with Helen Drake, along with all of Valeska’s unusual relationships. Theirs is an uncommon and envied partnership. While their focus is primarily on business, they are the even-tempered touchstones for others looking for guidance.

Maturing model, Maeve Corwyn, has spent the past year grieving the loss of her younger partner, actress and model, Lydia Parker, after Lydia met her untimely demise on the foyer stairs at the newer Drake’s Photography location. She’s hoping to find within herself the strength to move forward professionally and personally, but also to understand why Lydia was at Drake’s that fateful day. As the seasons change, Maeve meets Emma Lawson, the insurance investigator handling Lydia’s estate. She soon learns more than she could have imagined about Lydia—and herself.

Rowan Ryerson, daughter of fashion photographer Conn Ryerson and former model Diana, spent her first seven years as a fixture at the warehouse before her parents divorced and Conn moved to Italy. They lost touch with the Drake’s crowd over the years, but Rowan is now pushing sixteen and facing changes of her own. Wanting to take her shot in the fashion world, bright, ambitious, and hormonal, Rowan takes a summer job at Drake’s, where she teams up with onsite makeup technician, Jett Emerson, to find that Helen Drake has been busy with more than just running Drake’s Photography.

Change can be difficult. For some, it’s a burden they carry, and for others, it’s an exciting opportunity to expand their horizons. For Helen Drake, one unexpected change will prove to be the final straw.

Love does come from unexpected places. Miranda has coped with her emotional issues since childhood, but they have followed her into her late adult years, until she is finally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. While understanding them helps explain a lot of what she has dealt with in the past, they are still creating barriers to her relationships in the present.

Four solitary years after the demise of her twenty-five-year relationship, at age sixty Miranda feels she may be ready to try again with Grace, a semi-retired bookstore clerk who has also experienced the loss of a long-term partner. Fear and hesitation block Miranda’s progress, as she doesn’t want the same old issues to create problems in a new courtship.

When Colette, a mature and worldly art gallery owner, offers her guidance to teach Miranda how to be more focused and engaged in her relationships with people, the bond between them quickly becomes deep and eternal.

Miranda is caught between the all-important journey of self-discovery and the passionate partnership she has been craving all her life. What surprises her most is which woman belongs to which end, in an unforgettable love story that will change her life forever.

“Let me tell you something, Miranda.” Colette spoke softly. “In Japan they have something called kintsukuroi. When a vessel, a piece of pottery, is cracked or broken, rather than discard it, they honor the damage by filling the cracks with gold. The cracks then become beautiful scars, and they believe the vessel becomes even more beautiful for having been broken.” - From Miranda

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