Rory McShane steps off the bus in East Hampton, it's like she's entering
another universe -- one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed
khakis and driving expensive cars. She's left her rural hometown in New Jersey
to take a summer job as "errand girl" for the Rule Family on Lily Pond Lane. At
the beginning of the season, Rory plans on helping out her aunt, who's a
fulltime housekeeper in the Rules' enormous beachfront mansion, and maybe
sneaking in some beach time. By August, however, Rory realizes that plans have
a way of going haywire, especially when siblings Isabel and Connor Rule are
claustrophobic in her country club world, impulsive
17-year-old Isabel Rule embarks on a breathless summer romance with an older
guy that her family would never approve of. Isabel trusts Rory with the details
of her new relationship, and the girls forge a true friendship. But
when long-hidden secrets start to surface on Lily Pond Lane and Rory
reveals that she may have feelings for someone, too -- Connor Rule, Isabel's older
brother -- the new friends realize that societal rules can be hard to break.
With her unique
insight into East Coast high society, Joanna Philbin presents a pitch-perfect
summer story of friendship and self-discovery set against the rich and vibrant
backdrop of life in the Hamptons.
Praise for The Daughters series:
"This noteworthy series... feels less mean girls and more girl power, with messages of honesty, respect, [and] being true to oneself."
"Who knew? Stars' daughters -- they're just like us."
Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York City. She holds a BA from Brown University and a JD and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Rules of Summer and the Daughters series, and lives and writes in Los Angeles.