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"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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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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Loved the story

This book exceeded my expectation. was very slow in the beginning, almost wanted to stop listening. But slowly grabbed my attention. One thing that really annoyed me was the excessive use of French accent, some of the pronunciation was so hard to understand I had to repeat the parts 3-4 times.

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Exceptional Quality

Few Authors write as well as Alexandra. Her attention to detail is marvelous and the Narrator perfprmed just as well

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An Extraordinary Tale

A wonderful story, beautifully written. I couldn't stop listening. Poignant and raw at times, funny and fast paced at others. I loved hearing about the real people who visited Paris in the 40s. The narrator had a lovely voice, but problems with unnecessary pauses and mispronunciation of English words spoiled it for me. The sound editing needed work. Highly recommend.

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