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The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret, September 2020
by Natasha Lester

Forever
496 pages
ISBN: 153871728X
EAN: 9781538717288
Kindle: B083J1CJCC
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"Important Roles of Women in WWII"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Paris Secret
Natasha Lester

Reviewed by Debbie Devita
Posted October 1, 2020

Women's Fiction Historical | Women's Fiction Time Slip

THE PARIS SECRET by Natasha Lester will set you flying high above the clouds. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this novel as you pour yourself a cocktail or a nice glass of wine. This is a story of gorgeous fashion, innovative aviation, secretive spies, sweeping romance, and heartbreaking war. Set in three different eras: the 1930s, the 1940s, and present-day Australia--my favourite was the story set during the 1940s. Secrets and mysteries prevail from the past. . . 

Taking place in part at grandmother's cottage in Cornwall where there is a Dior gown for every day of the year, from the very first showing in 1947. There's also talk of the women members of the Air Transport Auxiliary, concentration camps, and the progress of women flying trainer aircraft to fighters and bombers in WWII.

I enjoyed flying high in the skies above the clouds in this book with Skye as a pilot; this was my favourite part and hearing about the 161 Moonlight flights that took part in France every two weeks which I found so exciting. 

THE PARIS SECRET is captivating from the onset and the story is rounded out with strong characters and attractive settings. . . and then there are the gowns. Gowns that make you want to swoon. Gowns that make you wish you had the means and the figure to try them on just once. If you love historical fiction about women who stand against the odds, do yourself a favour and read this extraordinary book by Natasha Lester. 

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SUMMARY

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Orphan comes an unforgettable historical novel about a secret collection of Dior gowns that ties back to the first female pilots of WWII and a heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice.

England, 1939: The Penrose sisters couldn't be more different. Skye is a daring and brash pilot, and Liberty the one to defy her at every turn. Even if women aren't allowed in the Royal Air Force, Skye is determined to help the war effort. She's thrilled when it reunites her with her childhood soulmate, Nicholas. She's less thrilled to learn Nicholas is now engaged to an enigmatic Frenchwoman named Margaux Jourdan.

Paris, 1947: Designer Christian Dior unveils his glamorous first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance Miss Dior in tribute to his beloved sister Catherine, who forged a friendship with Skye and Margaux through her work with the French Resistance.

Present Day: Fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a priceless collection of Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery of their origin, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.


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