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Publisher's Summary

"Captivating and evocative." (Tania Blanchard, author of The Girl from Munich

Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself.... 

A stunning novel of love, betrayal, and family secrets for all fans of Fiona McIntosh and Natasha Lester. 

After a shocking discovery, Grace Woods leaves her vast Australian sheep station and travels to tumultuous postwar Paris in order to find her true identity.

While working as a mannequin for Christian Dior, the world's newly acclaimed emperor of fashion, Grace mixes with counts and princesses, authors and artists, diplomats and politicians.

But when Grace falls for handsome Philippe Boyer, she doesn't know that he is leading a double life, nor that his past might inflict devastating consequences upon her. As she is drawn into Philippe's dangerous world of international espionage, Grace discovers both the shattering truth of her origins - and that her life is in peril.

Inspired by an astonishing true story, The Paris Model is a tale of glamour, family secrets, and heartbreak that takes you from the rolling plains of country Australia to the elegant salons of Paris. 

"A wonderful, immersive historical novel." (New Idea)

"A charming tale rich with family and fashion." (Belinda Alexandra)

"The cracking plot and the general glamour carry the reader along." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"This gorgeous historical is the perfect summer escape. Post-World War 2 Paris literally drips from the page. Grace is a wonderful protagonist and surrounded by well-drawn and often fabulous characters, and Joel's prose is rich and descriptive. Highly enjoyable." (Better Reading)

©2020 Alexandra Joel (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Horrible fake French accent, could not get on with

I had to give up listening because of the horrible fake French accent. French people do not sound like that, like robots, just could not stand it! Maybe the story is not bad but can’t listen to it, even if it was free.

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Fascinating novel

Based on a true story during and post WW2, with a fascinating connection between country NSW and high fashion in Paris. From great tragedy life unfolds in unpredictable ways.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Good story almost ruined by the narration

I enjoyed the story, but the narration was terrible to the point of wondering whether the book was poorly written or just being poorly read. The author is definitely an ‘over describer’.
The narrator had a pleasant voice, but the timing and intonation were totally wrong.
Still worth a listen though, just could have been read much better.

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Well worth the listen - really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book being my first “Audible” novel - well spoken and read! Not to be missed

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This story starts out okay but becomes pretty unbelievable and soapy that I couldn't make it to the end much as I tried.

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The fake French accent almost spoiled the book!

The story was good enough for me to listen to the end even though the narrators French accent was so bad, I almost gave up on it. Very unfortunate!

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Very bad narration

I found it very hard to listen to this book as the narrators French accent was abominable I could not listen to another one narrated by her

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Loved it!

This was my first audio book and I was hooked! I loved the story line, historical facts, the whole insight to CD atelier and Paris. At times I could imagine myself in Paris! Beautiful main character who is Australian. I reccomend reading it!

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Fascinating book

This book left me wanting to know more about the characters, post war France and the true story behind the book. It is a lovely story, very interesting, I couldn't stop listening. Well worth buying..

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A wonderful insight into Paris

Whilst at times frustrated by the decisions of the protagonist, overall the story was engrossing and easy to read. Really enjoyed the details about fashion even though it’s not usually a subject I’m particularly interested in.

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