Monday, January 5, 2015
The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
Title: The Paris Winter
Author: Imogen Robertson
Publisher: St. Martin's
Publication Date: November 18, 2014 (first published April 1, 2013)
Number of Pages: 368
How I Got It: direct from publisher
Imogen Robertson's break-out novel - a deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle epoque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade. Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
Let's just take a moment to swoon over this cover....Gorgeous! I'm a sucker for anything Paris. Add historical fiction, art, and scams and I'm sold. The main character, Maud is trying to make something of herself as an artist, but without access to a disposable income, she is struggling and winter will surely break her. When an opportunity arises to be a companion to Sylvie, Maud is integrated into a world far from her drafty apartment and sparse eating habits. But where does Sylvie's money come from? Fingers begin to be pointed and Maud is drawn into a scam with far reaching consequences. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction, Paris, and sneaky characters you "love to hate".
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **