Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance Publication.Date: January 19, 2016 Pages: 352 Published By: William Morrow Website: Jennifer Robson Moonlight Over Paris on Goodreads My review copy: from the publisher for review
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An aristocratic young woman leaves the sheltered world of London to find adventure, passion, and independence in 1920s Paris in this mesmerizing story from the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and After the War is Over. Spring, 1924 Recovering from a broken wartime engagement and a serious illness that left her near death, Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr vows that for once she will live life on her own terms. Breaking free from the stifling social constraints of the aristocratic society in which she was raised, she travels to France to stay with her free spirited aunt. For one year, she will simply be Miss Parr. She will explore the picturesque streets of Paris, meet people who know nothing of her past—and pursue her dream of becoming an artist. A few years after the Great War’s end, the City of Light is a bohemian paradise teeming with actors, painters, writers, and a lively coterie of American expatriates who welcome Helena into their romantic and exciting circle. Among them is Sam Howard, an irascible and infuriatingly honest correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Dangerously attractive and deeply scarred by the horror and carnage of the war, Sam is unlike any man she has ever encountered. He calls her Ellie, sees her as no one has before, and offers her a glimpse of a future that is both irresistible and impossible. As Paris rises phoenix-like from the ashes of the Great War, so too does Helena. Though she’s shed her old self, she’s still uncertain of what she will become and where she belongs. But is she strong enough to completely let go of the past and follow her heart, no matter where it leads her? Artfully capturing the Lost Generation and their enchanting city, Moonlight Over Paris is the spellbinding story of one young woman’s journey to find herself, and claim the life—and love—she truly wants.
Perhaps he is waiting for you, hmmm? In any event you don't have to decide anything today. Remain his friend, or become his lover---the only thing that truly matters is your own happiness. That, my dear, is the mark of a modern woman
One day she might think of him, and the look on his face just now, and she would not hate herself for it. One day.
Lady Helena Parr was recovering from a bout of scarlet fever when she decided that a change was necessary for her drab life. She had been living with her wealthy family in London in the early part of the 20th century. Her fiancé of 5 years had broken the engagement and she eventually became a pariah in her family's social set.
Helena survived scarlet fever and as she gets well she makes a decision to live her life to the fullest. Her aunt Agnes lives in Paris, a place she can study her art and escape the painful memories of London. For five years she was engaged, and when her fiancé returned from the war, he broke it off, saying he loved another. She was sad but realized she was not in love, however all their friends and acquaintances blamed her for the breakup, and many shunned her. For the first time in years she is looking forward to her future.
Moonlight Over Paris is written as if it is a romance novels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It does not need any hot and steamy love scenes to keep the reader’s attention. It is simply good enough to keep the readers attention. Everything about this novel was great. The 1920's setting right after the first world war, locating the story in Paris, and the smooth flow of the story which any reader could enjoy when one feels the need to relax and put mind their minds in neutral. Isn't that what everyone is looking for when one picks up a book?
“Returns with mastery once more to the World War I era…. This is a moving and memorable book.” — Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Winter Guest
“Meticulously researched and richly detailed, Moonlight Over Paris paints an enchanting picture... The elegance of Robson’s prose flows through every page, sweeping the reader from London’s aristocracy to the Parisian art scene and beyond... a heartwarming love story that left me aching for a journey back in time.” — Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Lost
“The vibrant whirl of the Paris art community is the ideal setting for this novel of healing and growth. Robson’s lovely prose allows the reader to savor the atmosphere of the Lost Generation, as well as the personal struggles of her characters.” — RT Book Reviews
“Robson is a master of evoking atmospheric detail that transports readers back in time and place. I loved every page!” — Renee Rosen, author of White Collar Girl
“Robson gives the concept of self-discovery amid the enchanting streets of Paris a fresh spin in Moonlight Over Paris. Delightful and romantic, readers will devour Robson’s latest work.” — Heather Webb, author of Rodin's Lover
About the Author
Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children. For more information visit Jennifer Robson's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
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