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The Velvet Hours
by Alyson Richman
Historical Fiction
From The Jacket:From the international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Garden of Letters, comes a story—inspired by true events—of two women pursuing freedom and independence in Paris during WWII. As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return. An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe’s tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loved.
A captivating historical fiction story inspired by actual events; a Paris apartment, closed during WWI, that sat untouched for over 70 years. This story is poignant and filled with history and art. Marthe is fascinating to read about; a courtesan during the Belle Époque era, that scraped her way to a better life. And her granddaughter; who is nineteen years old when she first learns of Marthe’s existence. Their relationship is touching.
by-Linda 2018/01/28, 01:44 PM

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