Book Review & Giveaway: The Woman from Paris by: Santa Montefiore

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: February 5, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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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!

Giveaway Information: Please leave a comment with your email address to enter to win a hardcover of 'The Woman from Paris'! Please note: There is only one (1) copy for giveaway. Open to U.S. Residents only. The winner will be chosen at random on January 22, 2013. Good luck!


  1. Star, thanks for the Kleenex alert! I'm glad you enjoyed Santa's new novel. Thanks for the review :)

    1. You're welcome! I hope others enjoy it, too!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  3. Very nice post. The book sounds intriguing.


  4. This one sounds really great! Congrats on the release. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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    Thank you for the opportunity!

  6. thanks for this great giveaway. I have read all of this author's novels and enjoyed them greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. This book sounds wonderful. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. This sounds like a good one. I would love to find out if Phaedra is a fraud. Please enter me. Thanks!


  9. sounds great- I missed this one, would love to win it!

  10. sounds like a fun one! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  11. I would love to read this book.


  12. Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)

  13. thanks for the chance to win, i love to read
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  14. Never seen this book before. Your review makes it a desirable read! Best of Luck to the winner!!!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! The Woman from Paris sounds like a book filled with characters that I would fall in love with.

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  16. I would love to win this!
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  17. This sounds like such a great book! Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win!
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  18. It sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.


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