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The Paris Secret Paperback – July 14, 2016
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“Behind the locked door are shocking secrets, an unlikely romance, and nail-biting intrigue--it’s definitely worth a peek.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for The Paris Secret: “I loved it. Escaping into a world of art, beauty and heartbreaking history, I was caught on page one and didn’t put it down until I finished it.” (Liz Fenwick, bestselling author of The Cornish House)
“A stunning journey.” (Sunday Express, S magazine)
“The Paris Secret had me from the moment I started reading. Filled with a smart and sympathetic protagonist, a touch of romance, a smidgen of history, plenty of intrigue and suspense galore.” (Diane Chamberlain, internationally bestselling author of The Midwife's Confession)
“A former fashion editor, Swan brings an eye for detail to her descriptive prose. Offer this to fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series who may be looking for more sophistication.” (Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Karen Swan worked as a fashion editor before moving into writing fiction. She is married with three children and lives in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the South Downs. She is the author of the novels The Summer Without You, Christmas at Claridges, and The Perfect Present.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The apartment belongs to the Vermeil family, socialites and renowned for their eccentric daughter’s bad behaviour. But there is also Xavier, dark and brooding, the archetypical bad boy.
Flora is an art expert and has served time at the big auction houses in London and thus has a phenomenal amount of experience. She is tasked with going to Paris to make an inventory of the pieces in the abandoned apartment and finding a way moving them into the art market, in part, so that her boss’s firm can get back into the black. Provenance is everything when it comes to selling art – even a Renoir is worth virtually nothing if its heritage cannot be traced – and the pieces in this particular apartment can only be traced as far back to Franz von Taschelt, a Jew who, it seems, swindled other Jews out of their vast collections under Nazi rule. An absolute shattering blow to the Vermeils, and to Flora. Under these circumstances no-one will touch a single piece. The collection is worthless.
Flora has her work cut out in managing the Vermeil family’s interests and from Paris via a quick sojourn in Vienna, she is ensconced in a small lodging on the Vermeil estate in the South of France, where she works on cataloguing the works of art which have been brought down for that purpose. Romance is on the cards for Flora from unexpected quarters, but her mindset is that she really doesn’t “do” love…..
This is a supremely interesting book bringing to life the world of art connoisseurship, dovetailed with a story of intrigue and a smattering of smouldering romance. In terms of TripFiction, the locations form an evocative backdrop and I certainly could visualise the settings as they played out in Paris and Antibes. Recommended.
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