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  • Fabulous

    I couldn’t put this book down....recommended it to all my book friends.

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  • The Paris Secret

    This was a real page turner 4 generations of women, from world war 2 to fashions in Paris secrets kept that were to hurtful to take about......Loved this book

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  • Historical Fiction WW II Paris

    Cornwall, 1928 Vanessa Penrose is a bohemian free spirit, she enjoys holding parties, she’s a fortune teller and she can fly a gypsy moth plane. She is also a mother of two young daughters Skye and Liberty. The girls are very different Skye is kind and caring and Liberty is the type of sister who would pour water on your mattress just to get back at you for doing something she didn’t like. The girls have to deal with being illegitimate; you can imagine what school was like for both of them and being born on the wrong side of the blanket in 1928. Skye loved exploring the beach, it’s has little rock pools full of little crustaceans and she collects sea shells. One day she met Nicolas Crawford, he’s an American boy, he’s staying with his Aunt Sophie because his mother isn’t coping, once he’s old enough he will be sent back to America, attend a private school and go to Harvard. He loves the freedom of being with Skye in Cornwall they have fun together, exploring the beach, going swimming in their underwear and they soon become best friends. When Nicolas has to return to America they’re both very upset they promise to keep in touch and write to each other. England, 1939 Skye Penrose is a talented stunt pilot and she wants to help the British war effort and she joins the Air Transport Auxiliary. She’s rather annoyed with the regulations and rules for female pilots and prejudice. Despite her log book being better than most male pilots, she’s stuck flying open cockpit planes to Scotland, not allowed to use any navigation equipment, no radio, she has to use maps and she's basically flying blind. Skye and her fellow pilots, Pauline, Rose and Joan move over two thousand planes around England, providing a vital service as all male pilots are needed to defend the British skies and bombing raids. England, 1942 Skye is transferred to Lavesden where she bumps into her sister Liberty she hasn’t changed a bit and is still her usual difficult self. Her long lost friend Nicholas Crawford is there he’s engaged to a mysterious Frenchwoman called Margaux Jourdan and this makes Skye feel upset. Nicholas’s and his best friend O’Farrell are pilots for the American Eagle Squadron. It’s all very secretive what they do, they fly to France, dropping off weapons, radio parts and operatives to help the French resistance. They’re actually involved in the Special Operations Squadron, eventually Skye also becomes a Secret Operation Executive, women were used towards the end of the war as they were less obvious than healthy men and they played a vital role. Paris, 1947 Designer Christian Dior unveils his first collection of hauteur conjure gowns, no more world war II restrictions about how much fabric he can use in a skirt of a gown and he decides to introduce his new look to the world. He also creates a fragrance, called Miss Dior, a tribute to his sister, Catherine or Caro, who worked for the French resistance and spent time in Ravensbruck. Present day, Australian fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a wardrobe filled with priceless Dior gowns in her grandmother's empty cottage in Cornwall and she's puzzled. It’s a treasure trove of beautiful dresses, why does her grandmother have these rare, expensive gowns locked away in a remote cottage and she’s determined to find out why? Kat’s mother Nicolette passed away years ago, she has always had a close relationship with her grandmother Margaux Jourdan and she's determined to solve the mystery, Kat begins to doubt everything she knew about her beloved grandmother past. Single mum Kat meets the handsome Elliott Beaufort in London, he’s writes biographies, he’s trying to solve a mystery himself, together they discover what happened in the past, the terrible betrayal that occurred during WW II that binds them together and one that Kat didn’t see coming. The Paris Secret has a dual timeline, I had no trouble following it, I read the book very slowly as I didn't want the story to end or miss a vital clue. An incredible heartbreaking detailed masterpiece about, love, fashion, secrets, sacrifice, how far people will go to hide their painful past and can love last the test of time? Five big stars from me and I loved it.

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  • Fabulous

    Loved this story. Would recommend to anybody who likes WWII love stories

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