The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : July 30, 2015
- File size : 1581 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Bookouture (July 30, 2015)
- Print length : 552 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0105SNQWU
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #267,446 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One reviewer said "Try ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE or THE NIGHTINGALE for more realistic historical fiction." I am a student of WWII in Europe, and particularly in France as I was a small child living in Paris during the war and the Occupation. I'd like to point out that The Milliner's Secret's research is impeccable, whereas The Nightingale is full of glaring errors of life in France during the German Occupation despite the fact there is a great deal of information readily available. The story line is very good, too bad Kristin Hannah didn't spend enough time in research. It is unforgivable for a major author.
All The Light We Cannot See is a moving novel, very well researched, I gave it five stars.
The Milliner's Secret is well worth reading.
Coralie was born and raised in South London. When she was small, her Mother left leaving Cora with her abusive father. After a minimal education, Cora went to work so she and her father would take her earnings. It was a dismal existence. When she got a chance to leave London and go to Paris with Dietrich August Graf von Elbring, she took it instead of another beating from her father. Dietrich helped her with a place to live and taught her to be a lady; but family took him away to Berlin and left her homeless. Although it turns out he had actually paid for her hotel and left her enough money to start her life on; but it never got to her. She set out on her own to find a place to live and a job. He returns as a Nazi officer and hating her for her unknowing part in the death of his son.
How can Coralie keep up her ruse as a French woman and a millner when she is neither? The book keeps you reading and keeps you wondering if she will fail.
With all of that being said, the description of historical events and daily life in Paris at the time before and during WWII was very interesting and worth the long read. I just wish the author had taken out some events that weren't necessary for story development.
Top reviews from other countries
When we first meet Cora she is living with her abusive father while working in a factory for a pittance. She goes to the Derby with best friend Donal, hoping to win a couple of pounds but soon a chance meeting will take her on a whirlwind romance to the city of love Paris.
Coraline, as she becomes known, will soon be living the dream as she learns to be milliner the job she could only have dreamed off back at home in London but in Paris she can reinvent herself and this is one thing she did with style but her dream job will have her mixing with the elite of Paris, not realising Paris will soon be overrun with Nazis.
The Girl Who Dreamed of Paris is indeed a love story, but this love story has an iron edge and that iron edge is provided by Coraline as she stands up for what she believes in, soon realising this path she has chosen could lead to her losing not only everything she loves but her life is in danger on a daily business.
The Girl Who Dreamed of Paris is truly a wonderful read and one I am extremely happy to recommend. Natalie Meg Evans is an author who certainly knows how to grab the readers attention with wonderful storytelling. This is a wonderful work of historical fiction, where historical facts have been woven through.
I would also like to recommend the audible version as the narrator Julie Teal brings a lot to the storyline as she gives each character their own voice and she brought a lot of life to each character. The Milliner's Secret
Happy to recommend this wonderful read.