Behind The Red Door: How Elizabeth Arden Legacy Inspired My Coming-of-Age in the Beauty Industry by Louise Claire Johnson

Behind The Red Door is the first novel for seasoned writer Louise Claire Johnson.  This book takes you back in time to celebrate the career and life of the iconic Elizabeth Arden.  This can be pinned as a “coming-of-career” for writer Lou as she shares her journey climbing up the career ladder in the beauty industry.  Both Elizabeth and Lou find themselves in New York a century apart to make their mark on the world.

As the pages turn, I found it hard to put this book down as Lou begins to “Paint the town red”, Lou arrives in New York to intern for Elizabeth Arden company. Even though Lou and Elizabeth are decades apart they still run across similar pressures and taboos in both their business and personal lives.  Elizabeth was a woman who waited for no one (or man), Lou could definitely relate to this as she wondered what the future held for her in life and the beauty industry.

If you like strong-minded women then this book is for you! An excellent read in which you’ll be swept into the days of past and present-day New York, London and Paris just to name a few.  Come behind the “Red Door” and you’ll experience just that, “it is remarkable what a woman can accomplish with just a little ambition”- Elizabeth Arden


Louise Claire Johnson is a Toronto-based writer and former marketing maven at Elizabeth Arden. Her work has been published in The Globe & Mail, The Huffington Post, Darling Magazine and more. A graduate of The Richard Ivey School of Business and Harvard University, she has studied and worked in Hong Kong, Switzerland, New York and Boston. Behind the Red Door is her first book.

  • Publisher : Gatekeeper Press (May 4 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 284 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 166290908X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1662909085
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Shawna is a mother and a retired athlete and fitness professional.  She currently works in the Beauty Industry with Estee Lauder company.  In her spare time, she enjoys coaching basketball, promoting and reviewing products on Instagram @shawnajbutler, reading anything pertaining to fashion, beauty, fitness and sports. She likes to travel to anywhere warm and sunny.  Shawna has a BBA from Mount Saint Vincent University and currently lives in Paradise, Newfoundland.

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