Saturday, July 30, 2016

Review: The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown



When Madeleine's marriage hits a rough patch, she takes inspiration from her grandmother Margie's diary to spend a daring summer in Paris. Madeleine had always thought her grandmother was the model wife and mother – all elegance and reserve. But Margie's diary showed another side: a free spirit who bolted to Jazz Age Paris for the adventure and romance of living in café society.

Inspired by Margie, Madeleine flees her own broken marriage for a summer in Paris. Looking for healing, she reconnects with her grandmother and her own creative self. The book alternates between Madeleine's and Margie's stories. Madeleine's story is set in 1999, which makes it modern without the distraction of current events and technology, allowing Brown to focus on bigger, timeless themes.

The Light of Paris brims with the requirements of a satisfying story – conflict, family secrets, difficult family relationships, new loves, more conflict, romance, courage, self-discovery, and a gratifying ending. And, of course, Paris. Paris, Paris, Paris. Jazz Age Paris and Paris in the more recent past.

Eleanor Brown’s prose glows and sparkles like a glass of champagne and her book is a toast to independence, self-discovery, and the never-ending allure of Paris.

NOTES

Eleanor Brown wrote the bestselling novel, The Weird Sisters. She drew on the true story of her own grandmother's romantic trip to Paris in the 1920s in writing The Light of Paris.

I just added The Light of Paris to my French Connections list.

OTHER REVIEWS

If you would like your review of The Light of Paris listed here, please leave a comment with a link and I will list it.

BookPage by Karen Ann Cullotta
Kirkus Reviews
Minneapolis Star Tribune by Laurie Hertzel




4 comments :

Mareli Thalwitzer said...

What a lovely idea to share other reviews as well. I've listed this book and can't wait to get my hands on it. Beautiful review!

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

This book is already on my TBR list, and now I'm even more excited to read it! :)

Carole said...

Hi Gilion, looks like a good one! It would be great if you added your review to the Books You Loved: August collection over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers

Lauren Stoolfire said...

This has been really popular at my library - and it sounds good. Great review!

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