Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: February 5, 2013
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: When Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident, a beautiful young woman named Phaedra appears at his funeral, claiming to be the Lord’s illegitimate daughter. In his will, Lord Frampton has left her the priceless Frampton suite of sapphires, confirming her claim and outraging his three adult sons and widow, Antoinette. Eventually, however, Phaedra’s sweet nature thaws the frosty relationships. She becomes the daughter that Antoinette never had and a wise and compassionate granddaughter to the formidable Dowager Lady Frampton. But an undeniable attraction grows between Phaedra and Frampton’s eldest son, David. It seems an impossible love—blocked by the fury of one family member determined to expose Phaedra as a fraud. Featuring the enchanting characters, scenery, and emotional complexity her fans adore, The Woman from Paris is a sweeping, sophisticated romance about family, forgiveness, and the surprising strength of love.
Santa Montefiore's Bio: Santa Montefiore is the internationally bestselling author of several novels, including The French Gardener and The Last Voyage of the Valentina. She lives in London with her husband, historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, and their two children.
Review: Ms. Montefiore’s ‘The Woman from Paris’ is a convoluted and quirky novel about the human condition. It took me a while to really get into the story because I kept getting the sense of more hidden agendas and secrets as it progressed and I wanted to know what they were right away. Yet the author gracefully unfolds the petals of the onion which is Phaedra. I see Phaedra as a catalyst for change, hope, and healing. My favorite character was the Dowager Lady Frampton, who appears hard with the British ‘stiff upper lip’, but undergoes tremendous changes throughout the book. ‘The Woman from Paris’ is well-crafted with characters who will steal your heart, and is an emotional rollercoaster. Read this book with a box of tissues nearby!
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