LETTERS FROM PARIS by Juliet Blackwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is the perfect read to wrap up the summer! Who wouldn’t want a last-minute getaway to Paris, even if you’re just an armchair traveler? LETTERS FROM PARIS is Juliet Blackwell’s second contemporary novel set in the City of Lights. In this story, her inspiration comes from the mask of L’Inconnue de la Seine, a famous work of art from the turn of the last century. It was so interesting learning about the mask! Turns out I’ve seen her face many times before, but didn’t realize it.
The story unfolds in alternating time periods. In the 1890s, a young country girl named Sabine comes to Paris to escape her cruel stepfather, only to find the city can be just as cruel. In present day, Claire Broussard travels to Paris from Louisiana to trace the origins of a mysterious broken mask found in her grandmother’s attic. I enjoyed how the two story lines intertwined with a couple of very surprising twists. LETTERS FROM PARIS is a lovely blend of mystery, family secrets, art, history, and second chances, with the city of Paris as its star. Enjoyed!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.