Tuesday 24 March 2020

✿ The Paris Secret ✿ Natasha Lester ✿

Release date:  31st March 2020

A wardrobe of Dior gowns, a secret kept for sixty-five years, and the three women bound forever by war... from the New York Times bestselling author of The French Photographer

England, 1939 Talented pilot Skye Penrose joins the British war effort where she encounters her estranged sister, Liberty, and childhood soulmate Nicholas Crawford, now engaged to enigmatic Frenchwoman Margaux Jourdan.

Paris, 1947 Designer Christian Dior unveils his extravagant first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance, Miss Dior, in tribute to his sister, Catherine, who worked for the French Resistance.

Present day Australian fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a secret wardrobe filled with priceless Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

An unspeakable betrayal will entwine all of their fates.

The Dior Secret is an unforgettable story about the lengths people go to protect one another, and a love that, despite everything, lasts a lifetime.

ARC received from Hachette Australia for an honest review

Natasha Lester has done it again with The Paris Secret.

I am loving Australian historical stories at the moment, and Ms Lester's are books that I will always pick up and read.

She weaves a wonderful story of strong women during war time, family secrets and loves that last a lifetime.

Skye's story is one of a woman breaking stereotypes and chasing after the life and career she wants. I cheered as she took each step up to her true calling.

The story is told in the time of WW2 and current times.  Many tales are interweaved to bring us to a conclusion that I was not completely expecting.  I had an idea that something was up, but was not expecting things to go where they did.

I adored the Christian Dior aspect of the story.  I found myself reading with one hand, and googling images of dresses mentioned with the other.

A beautifully written story, full of tragedy as well as love and hope.  I was completely drawn into the life of Skye, and days later I am still thinking about her story.

I cannot wait for Ms Lester's next wonderful story.

Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald in 2016, Her Mother's Secret in 2017 and the Top 10 Australian and international bestsellers The Paris Seamstress in 2018 and The French Photographer in 2019. The Age described Natasha as 'a remarkable Australian talent' and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth. For all the latest news from Natasha, visit www.natashalester.com.au, follow her on Twitter @Natasha_Lester, or Instagram (natashalesterauthor), or join the readers who have become Natasha's friend on Facebook.