— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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July 24, 2013

The Paris Winter



For the most part, I went in search of this book because I like Imogen Robertson's mysteries (not set in Paris, but in 18th-century England) very much ... it was just a lucky coincidence that I found this new book in time for Paris in July. It was also a coincidence that this book is set in the fall and early winter of 1909-1910, leading up to the days in late January when Paris was covered in a great flood, because that's where I left Edith Wharton in the biography I've been slowly reading for months.



The luckiest thing of all. though, is that I hadn't read anything else about this stand-alone novel before I started reading, because as I did it went from being pleasant historical fiction about a young English woman and her elegant Russian friend studying painting in the Belle Epoque to a book that I could not put down. Do you mind if I don't tell you anything more about it, in case you'd like to read it? 

The Paris Winter hasn't been published in the U.S. yet {but you can find it on Audible}.



{photograph found here}

5 comments:

Cosy Books said...

Couldn't put it down, you say? As you know I am hard-pressed to leave England in my choice of reading but you've tempted me. A friend at work has just recently joined Audible so I'll be nice and let her know about this one, thanks, Audrey!

Lisa said...

Another book for my list, though I;ll have to check the US publication date. Sometimes despite my best intentions I lose track of upcoming books.

Bellezza said...

What a wonderful review! Just enough to tease me (in a good way), but not enough to spoil the surprise. I never knew Paris had such a flood! (Where have I been living?!) How fun to find a book which coincides with Paris in July, a mystery author you love, and where you left of with your friend Edith! xo

JoAnn said...

What a perfectly teasing, tempting review! I knew nothing of the Paris flood either, but love the bookish synchronicity.

Nan said...

I'm like this too. I hate to tell too much because I know how I love to discover a book rather than know all about it before I even open it. I'm definitely intrigued with the the setting and time.

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