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The Paris Secret de Natasha Lester
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The Paris Secret (edição: 2020)

de Natasha Lester (Autor)

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England, 1939: The Penrose sisters couldn't be more different. Skye is a daring and brash pilot, and Liberty the one to defy her at every turn. Even if women aren't allowed in the Royal Air Force, Skye is determined to help the war effort. She's thrilled when it reunites her with her childhood soulmate, Nicholas. She's less thrilled to learn Nicholas is now engaged to an enigmatic Frenchwoman named Margaux Jourdan.

Paris, 1947: Designer Christian Dior unveils his glamorous first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance Miss Dior in tribute to his beloved sister Catherine, who forged a friendship with Skye and Margaux through her work with the French Resistance.

Present Day: Fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a priceless collection of Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery of their origin, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

Historical fiction at it's best. Memorable characters, exciting locations and romance during war will tug at everyone's heart strings. I could not put this one down and kept reading late into the night to find out the mystery of who Margaux really was and the secret of the gorgeous Dior dresses.

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  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
This novel has it all: true love, harrowing war scenes, intrepid women, spies, haute couture and beautiful landscapes. It's definitely a page turner where fact and fiction blend beautifully, speaking to the bod yet often untold contributions of women in war efforts. The characters are vibrant with a strong emotional range. I enjoyed reading the adventures, love stories and parallel unfolding of generations.
The last few chapters, however, become needlessly complicated, even melodramatic, for a story which, on its own merit, was compelling enough that it didn't need the extra sap.
I would recommend it - a perfect book to plunge into to capture an era and stories not well-known. Lester is definitely a gifted story-teller. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Jan 1, 2021 |
Thanks to Reading Group Choices/Grand Central Publishing for a gifted copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own.

This is now one of my favorite books - I loved it! I just don't know where to start explaining why. It checked all the boxes: well-written and meticulously-researched, brilliant concept and intriguing plot, memorable characters, the best kind of drama, family secrets, and a moving yet satisfying ending.

With a dual timeline of 1939 and present day, the author skillfully weaves a mesmerizing story of two sisters and three friends, Dior's historic couture gowns, the French Resistance, enduring and committed love, and a mysterious Paris secret.

This book was riveting and had me in tears. I'm still thinking about it and am telling everyone to read it. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Nov 7, 2020 |
The book is called "The Paris Secret" and it is written by Natasha Lester.
The book starts with two sisters Skye and Liberty Penrose who live with their mother on the coast in England. Born illegitimately to Vanessa Penrose, a fortune telling airplane pilot who had her own ideas of raising two girls that didn't fit with society in the late 1930's. Skye has a best friend Nicholas with whom she spends all of her free time, making her sister jealous and vindictive to her.
Unexpectedly they lose their mother when a plane she was flying gets caught in heavy cloud cover and crashes. The sisters are sent to live with a aunt in France where they have a falling out and Skye leaves Liberty when she turns 18.
Soon most of Europe finds itself engaged in war against Germany. Wanting to do her part for the war effort , not being allowed to join the Royal Air Force because she is a woman, Skye joins the ATA ( Air Transport Auxiliary) delivering planes that need repairs or upgrades.
After the war ends a line of fashion is introduced to Paris and the world by designer Christian Dior, who names it Miss Dior, in honor of his sister Catherine who became acquainted with Skye during the Resistance.
In the present day Kat Jourdan is a conservator of fashion. She is sent by her grandmother Margaux Jourdan to a mysterious cottage on the coast, in which Kat finds a astonishing collection of over 60 Dior dresses dating all the way back to 1947. Not long after discovering the dresses Kat is contacted by a writer, Elliot, who says he is looking for Margaux Jourdan, who during the war worked for a secret department that ran spies throughout France, and knew Skye and Liberty Penrose. Thinking he must be mistaken, Kat joins Elliot to search for the answers to the questions of the Dior dresses and the much larger question, just who is Margaux Jourdan, and why has her grandmother lied all these years?
I loved this book! It was so good. I was hooked from the first page till the end, causing a sleepless night because I couldn't stop reading. But it was totally worth it. It has real characters, and is well written, a great flow to the story. I recommend this to all historical fiction fans especially those with a love for WWII historical fiction. I give it 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ And paws ( )
  lori6868 | Oct 24, 2020 |
Really great read traversing from 1939 England to 1947 Paris, to present day . . . with 3 generations of women. The women are ahead of their time: flying planes, joining the Roya Air Force, battling discrimination and finding love. Natasha Lester does a great job of telling this multi-generational novel that was hard to put down. ( )
  bogopea | Oct 18, 2020 |
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