The Paris Secret

Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (700 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When high-powered fine-art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d'art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical at first - until she discovers that under decades of dust the treasure trove of paintings is myriad...and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong is eager to learn more and asks Flora to trace the history of each and every painting.

Thrown into their rarified world, Flora soon realizes that there is more to this project than meets the eye, and, as she researches the provenance of their prize Renoir, she uncovers not only a scandal surrounding the painting but also a family secret. The fallout places Flora in the eye of a storm that carries her from London to Vienna to the coast of Provence, but Xavier Vermeil, the brusque scion of the family, is determined to separate her from his family's affairs...in spite of the attraction that propels them together. What secrets is he trying to hide, and what price will Flora pay to uncover the truth?

©2017 Karen Swan (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Paris, Art History, Nazi occupation’s...

effect on contemporary lives. I especially enjoyed this modern story which weaves the impact of France’s collaboration with Germany in WWII on one family. It isn’t emotionally grueling as many books on the subject are. The book is mostly about a very wealthy family in Paris and the young woman they hire to assess the provenance to value an apartment full of paintings they’ve inherited.

The narrator does an excellent job weaving between the voices of the characters and their various accents.

Being a student of art history, fashion, a Francophile, and a connoisseur of historical fiction - particularly of WWII - this is among my top three books.

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Good book

I enjoyed listening to this book. Loved the narrator. Will look for more books by this author.

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Loved this!

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Great story from the start to finish, the characters hooked me right away and Loved the art slant of the book very much

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Good fluff

A mystery/romance that was well-written fluff. Wealthy people with wealthy-people problems in places wealthy people go. A good romance read with a little mystery thrown in.

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Excellent!!!

LOVED this! Good story. Starts the same as a couple of other recent titles, but goes off in a totally different and totally enjoyable and educational direction! Good characterizations, great pacing, fascinating history. I really enjoyed this well performed novel!

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Romance set against art and WWII

A romance set against the art world. Treasures of the art shut up since World War II lead to secrets long hidden.

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The most pretentious book I've ever listened to

I have never read anything that contained as much name-dropping, smugness and obsession with wealth and prestige as this garbage. Every other sentence is about how wealthy or exclusive the characters are, and, to make matters worse, there's a bizarre romanticization of a family who stole fine art from WWII European Jews (we're supposed to pity them?). We also hear, interminably, about how unbelievably gorgeous the main character is, but she really doesn't seem to have any other redeeming qualities (as well as her romantic interest, who is wealthy and good looking but seemingly has nothing else to recommend him - he actually sounds like a pretty horrible person besides his bank account and abs.) Of all the books I've ever listened to on Audible, this was by far the worst.

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Good premise, silly romance

I like the stolen art and mystery part of the story, the romance was silly, and took away from the story. The reader was excellent.

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Interesting but predictable

The enjoyment of this book was primarily through the narrator, whose voice was soothing and well-paced. The story, while at times intriguing, was quite predictable and the dialogue not terribly imaginative. Plenty of other readers enjoyed this book, And I didn’t think it was awful, it just didn’t resonate with me.

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Modern Pride and Prejudice

This is modern twist on the classic tale, with a good mystery and lots of name dropping included. Great summer book!

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