by Jennifer Robson
Publisher: William Morrow
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Goodreads: It’s the spring of 1924, and Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr has just arrived in France. On the mend after a near-fatal illness, she is ready to embrace the restless, heady allure of the City of Lights. Her parents have given her one year to live with her eccentric aunt in Paris and Helena means to make the most of her time. She’s quickly drawn into the world of the Lost Generation and its circle of American expatriates, and with their encouragement, she finds the courage to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.
One of those expats is Sam Howard, a journalist working for the Chicago Tribune. Irascible, plain-spoken, and scarred by his experiences during the war, Sam is simply the most fascinating man she has ever met. He’s also entirely unsuitable.
As Paris is born anew, rising phoenix-like from the ashes of the Great War, Helena realizes that she, too, is changing. The good girl she once was, so dutiful and obedient, so aware of her place in the world, is gone forever. Yet now that she has shed her old self, who will she become, and where, and with whom, does she belong…?
Kritters Thoughts: A fantastic historical romance fiction that takes the reader behind the scenes of the art world in Paris through the eyes of a British girl who has overcome illness and is ready to live!
I am not that knowledged on art, but I appreciate it, so I loved reading about a person who is going to school for art and learning the ins and outs and I felt like I was learning with her.
The other piece I loved was Paris. I have never been and it is absolutely on my bucket list and I have read quite a bit of fiction that has been set in Paris, but for some reason this one really made me feel Paris and reminded me why it is on my must visit list. The amount of times that the main character Helena walked around the city and described where she was could have bothered some, but I loved hearing it through her voice - the exploration of a new city and becoming an independent adult - I loved it!
I have now read all of Jennifer Robson's fiction and she is on my automatic buy for fantastic historical fiction.
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.