The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
Publisher: Forever Publishing • Publication Date: September 15, 2020
What an incredibly powerful book! I had never read anything by Natasha Lester before, but will definitely be reading her other books now. The Paris Secret will break your heart and give you hope at the same time, it is that good. And it will have you guessing which way the story will go making you unable to put it down to find out what happens in the end.
Split into multiple time periods, the story follows sisters Skye and Liberty Penrose and Skye’s childhood friend Nicholas Crawford in 1939 England as the war is going on and they are all involved with the air force. Skye is in love with Nicholas, but he is engaged to Margaux Jourdan. After the war has ended in 1947 France, designer Christian Dior is unveiling his collection with Margaux as one of his models who is friends with his sister Catherine who the perfume Miss Dior is named after. Margaux and Catherine formed a friendship during the war when they worked for the French Resistance and the horrors of what they went through haunt them. In 2012 Kat Jourdan discovers a collection of Dior dresses in her grandmother’s closet at a house she abandoned in England. When a writer contacts her asking question about Margaux Jourdan’s ties to the war, Kat starts to question who her grandmother really is and what happened to her during the war.
Lester wove the different timelines together perfectly. The research that she put into this book to ensure that even though it was a work of fiction it was still authentic made this book. You could feel the pain of war and what the characters went through when they were brought to the concentration camp Ravensbrück. Throughout the story my thoughts on who Margaux Jourdan really was in the end kept changing and as much as I liked the ending, it also left me so sad because of what it meant to two characters.
Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.