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The Paris Seamstress

The Paris Seamstress: Transporting, Twisting, the Most Heartbreaking Novel You'll Read This YearThe Paris Seamstress: Transporting, Twisting, the Most Heartbreaking Novel You’ll Read This Year by Natasha Lester

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a phenomenal and luring page turner. I knew this novel would be a wonderful journey, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. A secret on top of a secret on top of a secret! Wow, I was turning pages so fast – I thought it would catch fire!

One fatal night, innocent but courageous Estella finds herself in a dark alley where she stumbles upon her dying family friend and employee, who uses his last breathe to instruct Estella to deliver the documents to a British spy in order to save their beloved Paris from German attack. Estella follows the orders, and at the same time places herself in a big danger. Hours after her encounter with Alex, Estella is being placed on the train that whisks her away to the boat that eventually takes her to a new life in the city of all immigrants – New York. Estella expected many things and changes to happen to her once she arrived in New York, but she never expected to run into her very own identical twin. Intrigued yet?

The book goes back and forth between Estella (past) and Fabianne’s (present) stories. The very main character that holds all the cards together (until the last chapter) is Estella. The main story of the novel originally starts with an incident that takes place during the early 1900s that cause an initial chain reaction of secrets that will last over 100 years.

Thank you, NetGalley, Natasha Lester and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for a free copy of this amazing book!

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The Proposal

The ProposalThe Proposal by S.E. Lynes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I read the synopsis of the book, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The novel literally grips reader’s attention from the very first pages.

The story starts with a divorced and sad little writer, Pippa, who is struggling to find a new idea for her next book. And the night of her deadline, a door to door seller knocks on her door. Intrigued by Ryan’s story, Pippa offer’s him a deal that Ryan is unable to refuse. And just like that – Pippa makes a deal with the devil.

I love books that keep me thinking and guessing. But this book was so much more. It was interesting to examine how far the person can get by manipulating their victim. And the power they can hold of them. Thank you NetGalley and S.E.Lynes for a mindblowing and enthralling story.

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Her One Mistake

Her One MistakeHer One Mistake by Heidi Perks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are looking for an anticipating and gripping novel to keep you entertained during the cold autumn nights – look no further.

Charlotte and Harriet have built a unique friendship over the years. Being complete opposites in every way, they bonded over one thing – they both grew up without fathers. Coming from different backgrounds was another reason that attracted both friends. However there was one difference – when open and carefree Charlotte didn’t mind sharing her life and secrets with her friend, quiet and overprotective Harrier kept hers to herself.

Starting with the day that Harriet’s daughter goes missing, we are starting to learn more details about Harriet’s life behind the closed doors of the house that she shares with her husband.

Her One Mistake is a suspense novel about friendship, trust, and survival.

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Paris On The Brink

Paris on the Brink: The 1930s Paris of Jean Renoir, Salvador Dali, Simone de Beauvoir, Andre Gide, Sylvia Beach, Leon Blum, and Their FriendsParis on the Brink: The 1930s Paris of Jean Renoir, Salvador Dali, Simone de Beauvoir, Andre Gide, Sylvia Beach, Leon Blum, and Their Friends by Mary McAuliffe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very informative and compelling book that contains stories about a set of brilliant individuals that found themselves in the city of light between the Wall Street Crash and German occupation.

Because of this incredible book, I was able to find myself in a circle of Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gide, Marie Curie, Picasso, Stravinsky, the fabulous Coco Chanel, and Elsa Schiaparelli, sassy Josephine Baker, my hero Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, Man Ray, and Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, also Renoir, Dali. This book provides many more interesting facts about each character’s life, their friendships, and struggles. The book’s purpose is to focus on each individual’s lives during the late 1920s and thru 1940, however, the reader is also given an opportunity to learn a bit more of their backgrounds prior to 1929.

Mary McAuliffe did a brilliant job of researching the facts and putting everything together into an astonishing novel. Thank you Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and NetGalley for a copy of this amazing book.

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