The Paris orphan

by Lester, Natasha, 1973-

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2019
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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress comes a World War II novel that spans continents and crosses generations as an American soldier and an enterprising Vogue photographer brave war-torn France to help a lost little girl find the one thing she never had: a family. New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price...France, 2005: Fifty years after World War II, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but D'Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D'Arcy's life forever. An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans. --Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read! --Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jessica May is a model for Vogue in the 1940s, until she is kicked out of high fashion when her unscrupulous lover sells her image for a feminine-hygiene ad. Desperate to be seen as more than a pretty face, Jessica convinces an editor at Vogue to let her photograph and report on the war. Soon she is in Italy, witnessing the horrors there, and she suffers much to bring the reality of war to the American public. The impact of this suffering and postwar decisions continue to reverberate in the twenty-first century. In 2005, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives in France to pack up some photos from a reclusive photographer, and there she uncovers family secrets. Alternating perspectives between D'Arcy and Jessica, Lester (The Paris Seamstress, 2018) tells an intriguing story inspired by real-life female photojournalists during WWII. This look into that life is the most compelling part of the book, and readers of historical fiction featuring courageous women will greatly enjoy Jessica's story and, by extension, the story of the heroism of female photojournalists.--Lynnanne Pearson Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lester (The Paris Seamstress) reveals secrets from a WWII romance in this rich and riveting novel. In 2004 France, Australian art handler D'Arcy Hallworth has been hired to pack up photographs at the French estate of Lieu de Reves for shipment to Australia for an exhibition. She meets American Josh Vaughn, the photographer's agent, and discovers that her mother, Victorine, may be the little girl in some of the photos from the 1940s. Romance blossoms between D'Arcy and Josh as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her mother's appearance in the photos. In a parallel 1942 narrative, Jessica May is a New York model whose stalled career leads her to become a photojournalist, working as a war correspondent in Europe. There she meets Dan Hallworth, a handsome, respected American officer. Lester's novel is modeled after real-life characters and is imbued with realism, highlighting the horrors of WWII and the discrimination faced by female correspondents. Readers will become engrossed from the very first page as mystery and romance are expertly combined into one emotionally charged, unforgettable story. Agent: Jacinta di Mase, Jacinta di Mase Management. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Models (Persons) -- Fiction.
Americans -- Europe -- Fiction.
Photojournalists -- Europe -- Fiction.
Orphans -- France -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Solon, Ohio :2019
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Ayachi, Monia, narrator.
McClain, Johnathan, 1970- narrator.
Hicks, Merritt, narrator.
Littrell, Katherine, narrator.
Playaway Digital Audio, publisher.
Findaway World, LLC, distributor.
Participants/Performers Read by Johnathan McClain, Merritt Hicks, Katherine Littrell, and Monia Ayachi.
Language English
Notes Title from playaway label
Originally release by ℗ 2019
Release date supplied by publisher.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
System Details Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Description 1 audio media player (14 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781549156021
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