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A wardrobe of Dior gowns, a secret kept for 65 years and the three women bound forever by war...from the New York Times best-selling author of The French Photographer

England, 1939. Talented pilot Skye Penrose joins the British war effort where she encounters her estranged sister, Liberty, and childhood soul mate Nicholas Crawford, now engaged to enigmatic Frenchwoman Margaux Jourdan.

Paris, 1947. Designer Christian Dior unveils his extravagant first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance, Miss Dior, in tribute to his sister, Catherine, who worked for the French Resistance.

Present day Australian fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a secret wardrobe filled with priceless Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

An unspeakable betrayal will entwine all of their fates.

The Paris Secret is an unforgettable story about the lengths people go to protect one another and a love that, despite everything, lasts a lifetime.

©2020 Natasha Lester (P)2020 Hachette Australia Audio

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Beautiful sad love story ravaged by the reality of war

Tears of joy, hope, sorrow and the beauty of love and friendship in the most harrowing depiction of war.

May we always remember so as to never return.

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Overwhelmingly Evocative, emotionally gripping, and a haunting testimony of wartime hero’s

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of listening to The Paris Secret. I had forgotten so much which made it just as exciting as the first time. It is such a passionate account of war time male and female heroes. It’s so ingenious in concept, the gradual unveiling of characters combined with such sensitive depiction of each individual’s unique personality. The ferocious love of a couple who cannot seem to be united because of secrecy and war. Really it’s the most beautiful book I never wanted to end!

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Enjoyable read

I enjoyed this book and the fantastic narration! I have read The French Photographer by the same author (which I really enjoyed) and found some similarities with the books, especially the 'tragic' love story. Still, a very pleasant read with a bit of a twist.

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Heartbreakingly Wonderful

The Paris Secret is an unforgettable story about the lengths people go to protect one another, and a love that, despite everything, lasts a lifetime.

Natasha Lester never fails to produce a magnificent read, and has become one of my favourite authors hands down.

The Paris Secret is a very engrossing novel, it’s a heartbreakingly gorgeous dual timeline story about love, sacrifice and hidden secrets. I found it hooked me in and kept me engaged. It broke my heart, and had me in tears and when I finished it I had to sneak a cuddle with my baby girl holding her just a little tighter.

I loved too the way D’Arcy from “The French Photographer” was written into the story, it made me happy to know she’d married and had kids, twins none the less! Even though the to books are standalone I do love a crossover!

Like Natasha’s other novels this has been well researched and beautifully put together. I would recommend this book to anyone especially lovers of historical fiction.

The narrators have done a wonderful job bring the story to life via audio, couldn’t recommend this more highly!

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Overly contrived plot

The premised on which this book is based could have produced a great story. But, in this instance, it didn't. I struggled to finish this book and I don't think I'll look for any more by this author. Life is too short for bad coffee or boring books.

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Not engaging as far as plot line complexity or character development

Cliche love story like mills and boon. Under developed characters who all morph into each other.

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Good listening and educational

I thought it was well written and enjoyed the twists and turns, despite being a bit far fetched in the story. Certainly educational about the history of that time. I knew nothing about women flying any sort of planes in WWI.
The narrator was excellent in all ways.

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Potentially a good book....

This story had a lot of potential - good characters and an interesting premise with some factual detail. Unfortunately the characters didn't really develop any real substance for me except perhaps for Margeaux. The romantic love stories were not necessary and I think what could have been an important novel for women became a Mills and Boon. The narration was average.

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Memorable and should be read by all

This is the most extraordinary love story. And I shall read it again. I am devastated by the horrors of war, by the loss of time with family and friends who were still there, and those who passed. Thank you for bringing to light the transactions of post war human kindness. Thank you for sharing the personal story of Miss Dior and for bringing a new understanding of the generation of survivors. I now have a newfound compassion and empathy for that generation of survivors. Lest we forget.

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Amazing,sad a story that is compelling witand fiction blended beautifully to create a story that will leave you wanting

Amazing breathtaking story that is so beautifully written entwines truth and fiction to create a story you can’t put down until the very end and the still wanting it to continue

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