The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret

Large Print - 2017
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Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. High-flying Fine Art Agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to asses these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and just who has concealed them for so long. Thrown in amongst the glamorous Vermeil family as they move between Paris and Antibes, Flora begins to discover that things aren't all that they seem, while back at home her own family is recoiling from a seismic shock. The terse and brooding Xavier Vermeil seems intent on forcing Flora out of his family's affairs--but just what is he hiding?
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062743350
006274335X
Branch Call Number: LT FIC Swan K
Characteristics: 537 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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MHanover10
Jul 12, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It probably could have been a lot bigger if there was more details thrown in but I thought the pacing was really good. I always like to learn things about what went on during WWII and now people survived. I also love Paris so I enjoyed the international feel. I didn't even care that there wasn't much substance to Flora and Xavier's relationship but it made sense with the reaction they had to each other. Sometimes it happens very quickly. The side story about Flora's brother didn't make any sense until later in the book. I felt like it was thrown in there and then we were left hanging what his dark secret was that could ruin the family. I felt this book was all about Flora and how she reacted to different things happening in her life. The one thing that made me actually laugh out loud was when her boss said enough already, stop trying to quit. I really enjoyed this book and I will be recommending it to friends and family.

A good plot line, an interesting mystery, but the characters were offputting. The mention of "50 Shades of Gray" and scenes where a man forcefully grabs a woman and says something like "What are you doing to me, Flora?" before stomping away in a huff made me think the author must be a fan of dark and disturbed male characters. I struggled to get to the end, only to find out the mystery of the apartment and the artwork, not to find out about the characters and their ridiculous relationships.

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lozza1401
Jan 26, 2018

First half mystery, second half romance/drama. Not bad but contains enough intrigue to keep you reading.

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LESeymour
Nov 05, 2017

A poor attempt, in my opinion, of trying to imagine how someone in a wealthy home must have sounded. If you like nonsense like "Oh mummy!" and lots of "Darling!" dialogue maybe this book is for you. Personally I gave up on page 10. It struck me as contrived and forced.

katarina_biblio Apr 01, 2017

Enjoyable if you need a quick and easy read, but not as compelling as Karen Swan's other books. The protagonist is difficult to relate to and the romance is far from the surprise it is set up to be.

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matcat44
Jul 12, 2016

In spite of the sometimes flowery prose, the ultra perfect characters and the rampant name dropping, this is quite an entertaining story.

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