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Heartbroken and alone, Boston art curator Sarah West is grieving the recent deaths of her parents and the end of her marriage. Ultrasensible by nature, she's determined to stay the course to get her life back on track. But fate has something else in mind. While cleaning out her father's closet, she finds a letter from the famous Parisian courtesan Marthe de Florian, dated 1895. The subject? Sarah's great-great-aunt Louisa's death. Legend has it Louisa committed suicide...but this letter implies there's more to that story.

Determined to learn the truth, Sarah, against her nature, impulsively flies to Paris. There she's drawn into the world of her flatmate, the brilliant artist Laurent Chartier. As she delves deep into the glittering Belle Époque to unravel the mystery, Sarah finds that her aunt's story may offer her exactly what she needs to open up to love again.

Following Sarah in the present day and Louisa in the 1890s, this moving novel spans more than a century to tell the stories of two remarkable women.

©2016 Ella Carey. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Excruciating narration

This is a trite, predictable book, full of painfully familiar metaphors and Hallmark Channel-like romance. That aside, the narrator's interpretation of the voices made it almost intolerable to listen to for very long. All the accents sounded like what a high school actor would portray and her breathy voice for the main character made her sound like a schoolgirl. This is by far one of the worst audiobooks I have ever purchased.

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HORRENDOUS NARRRATOR

I listened to the other two books by this author - and they were fantastic! I was sooo looking forward to book #3. This narrator with her ridiculous accents and portrayal of one of the main characters in the story - just killed it for me!!! I should've relied on the reviews for this one :(

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Good mystery, good narrator.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's an easy listen.

Any additional comments?

So glad we're not so bound by "uppercrust" society these days, but the characters still made poor and selfish choices. It was a good clean mystery. Narration was good, but there was too much french in it for me, but she was really good with different voices. I would listen to her narration again and would listen to this author again.

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captivating

loved the characters, the twists and turns and especially the feeling of Paris. well written and one of those books you keep reading until the end. couldn't put it down.

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  • BKyoder34
  • Warsaw, IN United States
  • 05-04-18

Wonderful

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the authors ability to move back & forth through time 1895 & 2015. The author did an amazing job tying the two periods together through the main characters of each period. I listened to it on my commute back & forth to work (1 hour each way) and so looked forward to my drive just to see what was going to happen next! Loved it to the end!!

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Beautifully written story spanning generations!

Ella Carey really knows how to weave a story!Going between present day and 1895, one woman seeks answers into the death of one of her ancestors. It takes her to Paris, London, and an old English estate. All the while she learns to move on from a recent divorce. I truly loved the story, but wish the narration was better.

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Not my favorite

The story was hard to get into but leveled out and was enjoyable. I preferred the narrator from The House By The Lake but this narrator did an OK performance.

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An Intriguing Story!

I loved this story. It had intrigue, mystery and suspense. A fantastic tale.

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A story of two times

I fully enjoyed how this story unfolded in Boston and leads us on a journey that reveals her family history and her future all at the same time. I’d take this journey again.

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Wonderful story but ...

Wonderfully crafted story that kept my attention to the very end. Decent character development but unfortunately soporific dialogue both spoken and internal to the characters. Could’ve been so much better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-18

Found this book slow and boring

I was disappointed that the book was devoted to the journey of finding out how Louisa died. The author could have done so much more to create intrigue and suspense