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Gill Paul in VIRTUAL conversation with Lauren Willig

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - 6:30pm

We're delighted to host a VIRTUAL book launch for bestselling author Gill Paul and A BEAUTIFUL RIVAL on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30PM.  Gill will be in conversation with our foxy friend and NYT bestselling author Lauren Willig.  We will have signed book plates from both authors! To register for this free virtual event, please click HERE.

In this stunning new novel, bestselling author Gill Paul reveals the unknown history of cosmetic titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein and their infamous rivalry that spanned not only decades, but also broken marriages, personal tragedies, and a world that was changing dramatically for women—perfect for fans of Fiona Davis, Marie Benedict, and Beatriz Williams.

Who would have guessed that the business of making women beautiful was so cutthroat?

They could have been allies: two self-made millionaires who invented a global industry, in an era when wife and mother were supposed to be the highest goals for their sex. Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein each founded empires built on grit and determination…and yet they became locked in a feud spanning three continents, two world wars, and the Great Depression.

Brought up in poverty, Canadian-born Elizabeth Arden changed popular opinion, persuading women from all walks of life ­to buy skincare products that promised them youth and beauty. Helena Rubinstein left her native Poland, and launched her company with scientific claims about her miracle creams made with anti-ageing herbs.

And when it came to business, nothing was off-limits: poaching each other’s employees, copying each other’s products, planting spies, hiring ex-husbands, and one-upping each other every chance they had. This was a rivalry from which there was no surrender! And through it all were two women, bold, brazen, and determined to succeed—no matter the personal cost.

In this sweeping novel from the bestselling author of Jackie and Maria and The Manhattan Girls, two larger-than life fashion icons come alive with all their passion, bitterness, and ambition as they each try to live the American dream.


Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specializing in relatively recent history. She has written two novels about the last Russian royal family: The Secret Wife, published in 2016, which tells the story of cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russia’s last tsar; and The Lost Daughter, published in October 2018, that tells of the attachment Grand Duchess Maria formed with a guard in the house in Ekaterinburg where the family was held from April to July 1918.

Gill’s other novels include Another Woman’s Husband, about links you may not have been aware of between Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales; Women and Children First, about a young steward who works on the TitanicThe Affair, set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fall in love while making Cleopatra; and No Place for a Lady, about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854–56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.

Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Summer Country, The Ashford Affair, and The English Wife. She lives in New York City with her husband and family.




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A Beautiful Rival: A Novel of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden By Gill Paul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063245112
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2023

Two Wars and a Wedding: A Novel By Lauren Willig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062986184
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Published: William Morrow - March 21st, 2023

The Manhattan Girls: A Novel of Dorothy Parker and Her Friends By Gill Paul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063161757
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 16th, 2022

The Collector's Daughter: A Novel of the Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb By Gill Paul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063079861
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 7th, 2021

Jackie and Maria: A Novel of Jackie Kennedy & Maria Callas By Gill Paul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062952493
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 18th, 2020