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After surviving the accident that took her mother's life, Claire Broussard worked hard to escape her small Louisiana hometown. But these days, she feels something lacking. Abruptly leaving her lucrative job in Chicago, Claire returns home to care for her ailing grandmother. There, she unearths a beautiful sculpture that her great-grandfather sent home from Paris after World War II.

At her grandmother's urging, Claire travels to Paris to track down the centuries old mask-making atelier where the sculpture, known only as "L'inconnue" - or the Unknown Woman - was created. With the help of a passionate sculptor, Claire discovers a cache of letters that offer insight into the life of the Belle Epoque woman immortalized in the work of art.

As Claire uncovers the unknown woman's tragic fate, she begins to discover secrets - and a new love - of her own.

©2016 Julie Goodson-Lawes (P)2016 Tantor

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love story, a mystery, a historical novel, or all

How do I classify it: a love story, a mystery, a historical novel, or all three? Or do I go with heartwarming, beautiful, warm, cozy, or simply a lovely read that I enjoyed very much?

There are three main characters: Claire (Chance) Broussard, a devastated young woman who’s Grandmother on her death bed tells her to go to Paris and discover it's secrets; Armand, a brooding Frenchman who continuing his family legacy of mold making; and Sabine, a young woman who lived over one hundred years ago and is an artist’s model. All three revolve around “L’Inconnue” - The Unknown Woman’s death mask. Uncover the history and identity of this unexplainable piece of art and you have the essence of the story. The author, Juliet Blackwall, alternates between time periods, which adds to the mystery and the sense of history.

Chance discovers secrets that have the power to change her and Armand’s lives.
The book is filled with history, family, love, and was simply a charming and beautiful read.

Whether Ms. Blackwall is writing in this format or the paranormal, she has become one of my favorite authors.

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  • Angela
  • Grapevine, TX, United States
  • 09-10-16

Great story!

This author is quickly becoming a favorite! Sweet love story wrapped in a mystery! great endings as well!

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Great story, should be made into a movie.

I loved this story and was hooked right away. Not many authors know how to tie all the loose ends together at the end, but Juliet Blackwell did an excellent job.

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  • Karen
  • Chatsworth, GA, United States
  • 01-27-17

Don't let this book pass you by.

It has adventure, love, heartache, laughter, family and history. I could not stop listening even though I didn't want it to end.

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Wonderful story and narration

This was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever listen to the near. The narrator is just delightful and the story has some surprising twists.

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An absolute must read

Juliet Blackwell has outdone herself yet again. Her ability to weave such individually enchanting story lines into one captivating book is nothing short of magical.

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Loved this story

Narrator got the intonation just right. The stories were lovely. Enough surprise to keep you reading.

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Beautiful love story

I love novels weaving stories of characters past & present. Being a Francophile, I particularly enjoyed this one. It also intwines a little of Louisiana's Cajan culture. The magic of various artistry of sculpture and a peculiar art of plaster death masks adds wonder. The scents and beauty of Paris and the French countryside were lovely and true. There are intriguing plot twists that join the past and parent. Not a cerebral novel, but a sensory feast.

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Great twist and turns

Wonderfully written, great depth and the twist and turns so fun to unravel. L’INCONNUE rocks.

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riveting

Beautiful story. Easy to listen to. I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen more.

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