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  • Moonlight Over Paris

    This was an incredibly beautiful story. Helena has had a very rough few years - from being left by her fiance and then blamed for it to almost dying of fever. But since she has decided to really live her life, she leaves England behind for the sights and sounds of Paris and art school - sounds like a great idea. And it was. Watching Helena really come into her own and learn to live life to the fullest was so much fun. Her artist friends are colorful, but not so much that they become caricatures. You fall in love with all of them and the little circle of friendship that they develop. They all have their own very unique personality and histories that have brought them together in one place. Most of the story involves all of them growing and learning together - and it all just seemed incredible natural. But once in awhile it became a little drawn out. Not much but just enough to notice. There's a love interest, a grumpy professor, and an eccentric aunt that all have important roles to play in Helena's life. Not everything turns out the way I expected. Some pleasant and unexpected surprises are included and Helena doesn't get everything and all that she hopes for. But that is also the beauty of the story. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Paris 1924-25

    Surviving scarlet fever is the final push Lady Helena Monague-Douglas-Parr needed to leave behind five years of gossip that started after her fiancée broke off their 5-year engagement when he returned from the Great War physically damaged. A year in art school living with her Aunt Agnes in Paris means Helena can be just Helena Parr without the society expectations of London. Helena hopes to discover if she is talented enough, through studying art, to make a career in which she can support herself. Her friendships with Etienne, Mathilde, Daisy and Sam each bring a new understanding of life to Helena as does her terror of an instructor Maitre Czerny. Set in 1924-25, the descriptions of the city of Paris make you feel like you are walking with Helena on her way to Rosie's Eatery, art school, her studio and other sites. Learning about the thin copper masks coated with enamel painted to look like real faces and held on by spectacles that were created for men who had lost theirs to war was fascinating.

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  • Formula for Cliche

    What an education in the historical romance formula! Meeting all expectations of heart-palpitating female readers, this light-weight, predictable extended short story amuses like candy floss on a summer's day (God, these cliches are contageous!) Rather than historical accuracy and insight we are subjected to name-dropping. Rather than in-depth characters we are offered paste-board cut-outs. Ironically, the criticism of the heroine's paintings are that they lack depth and passion. What a contrast to The Little Paris Booksop, whose writing style, characters and chapters make one pause and contemplate the depth. For this one, leave your brain and your emotions off-line before opening the cover.

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  • Average read

    Interesting viewpoint of life in 1920’s Paris. A weaker plot than her other books, however.

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  • Lack of depth

    DNF very cring worthy, predictable and lacking so much depth. Characters were completely flat.

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