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A Remarkable Woman

By: Jules Van Mil
Narrated by: Annabelle Tudor
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Publisher's Summary

From postwar Paris to Australia to find love, fashion and freedom

One woman's quest to follow her head, and her heart.

Twenty-six-year-old Frenchwoman Avril Montdidier sails from Paris to Australia with a suitcase and a dream: to start her own fashion business.

1950s Melbourne is very different from the chic atelier of Dior where Avril once worked, but she is determined, courageous and resourceful.

When personal circumstances force her to flee Melbourne, she travels to a cattle station in southern Queensland to work as a governess. It is here Avril meets Tim: the eldest son of her benefactor and heir to Monaghan Station. 

Avril must grapple with her twin desires - her love for Tim, who is set to marry someone else, and her yearning for independence.

©2022 Jules Van Mil (P)2022 Macmillan Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

'Delightful! Fashion, French culture and sweeping Australian landscapes - what's not to love! A glorious nod to the strong migrant women who made their mark on the place they chose to call home - Australia. A fascinating look at the burgeoning cultural and fashion scene of Melbourne in the 1950s set against the vast, rugged and magnificent landscapes of Queensland's Darling Downs and the quintessential Australian experience of life on the land.' - Tania Blanchard

'An enchanting, uplifting story of a formidable woman and an impossible choice. A love letter to the pioneering women of the last generation, rich with its historical setting and enticing cast of characters.' - Sally Hepworth

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Wonderful journey..

Thank you for sharing your story with us…. Loved the magical moments and timing is everything ❤️

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Remarkable Listening

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I was totally transported to the time and place and had a wonderful imaginative experience with Avril and her friends.

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Great Story

Loved listening to this through a very long flight!!Very enjoyable story- loved all the fashion!

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Totally enjoyable story

This book transported me to this historic time and the places Avril enjoyed from France to Australia. The subtle management of relationships & sexuality was thoughtful & I recommend this title to others!

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A unremarkable book

I couldn’t get past chapter 7 … the story was shallow, sugary and full of fluff.
I think reading the new barbie story would be more entertaining than this drivel

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Loved It

What a great book loved the story and read great. Look forward to more novels.

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Loved it!

I just love a story so engaging I forget myself. Wonderful characters and story lines.

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