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The Paris Secret

By: Natasha Lester
Narrated by: Penny Rawlins,Melle Stewart
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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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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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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Enjoyable

An enjoyable story that kept me wondering. The love story aspect was a bit overdone for my liking.

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Beautiful and Brilliant

This book is beautiful heartbreaking and is one of my favourites ever! Do read it, you will agree!

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Absolutely Beautiful

Have loved all Natasha Lester’s books… this book no different. Found it difficult to stop listening. Absolutely beautiful!

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Magnificent story

I could not stop listening this book is gripping and loving at the same time. The narrators are absolutely perfect. One of the best books a have in my favourite list. Readers and listeners you will not be disappointed 👍🏼

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