Australian and New Zealand cover of The Invitation historical fiction novel by Belinda Alexandra.

Buy The Invitation:

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you my dear reader, I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.


In the Gilded Age New York, money buys everything. What is your price?

Sometimes the ties that bind are the most dangerous of all …

Paris, 1899. Emma Lacasse has been estranged from her older sister for nearly twenty years since Caroline married a wealthy American and left France. So when Caroline invites Emma to help prepare her shy, young niece for her society debut, Emma is intrigued.

Caroline lives a life of unimaginable excess and opulence as one of New York's Gilded Age ultra-rich and Emma is soon immersed in a world of luxury beyond her wildest dreams - a far cry from her bohemian lifestyle as a harpist and writer with her lover, Claude, in Montmartre.

Emma hopes for an emotional reunion with her only family, but instead, she finds herself in the vice-like grip of her charismatic and manipulative sister.

As Emma begins to question Caroline's true motives, a disaster strikes, and New York society is stripped bare - beneath the glittering exterior lies a seething nest of deceit, betrayal, moral corruption ... and perhaps even murder.

‘A heady mix of Dangerous Liaisons, The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (a century ago) and Cinderella, The Invitation is a wildly entertaining and absorbing read that leaves you with a lot to think about.’
Better Reading

‘It’s a tale of excess, depravity and hidden family secrets — there’s much to love in Alexandra’s latest historical drama … Beautifully researched’
Daily Telegraph

‘ I always eagerly anticipate a new release from Alexandra. I love her ability to weave a strong historical fiction based tale, with plenty of detail, lavish settings and appealing characters.’

The period detail in The Invitation is absolutely sensational. Alexandra has clearly performed an immense amount of research around her main subject matter, setting and timeline.’ Mrs. B Book Reviews

Product Details
PRINT ISBN: 9780732296643
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Published: 18th November 2019
Pages: 416
Historical Fiction

'Belinda Alexandra is a master at keeping the pages turning' — Herald Sun