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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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  • Mona-Alisa
  • Charleston, SC, United States
  • 02-06-18

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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  • Barb
  • Pullman, WA, United States
  • 01-15-18

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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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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  • Alexis
  • S.F. Bay Area, United States
  • 01-27-18

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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beautiful story, GREAT narrator.

this is a real winner. the story is fascinating and the narrator carries it right to you. one of my all time favs

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excelent book

really enjoied the story line interesting, unexpected twists and turns. loved thei intelligent style of writing

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very much enjoyed!

great story with secrets at the end that a reader can't see coming. all sub-plots were tied up nicely. loved the narrator's performance, too.

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Fantastic

A beautiful book read by a wonderful narrator. I loved the main the characters, their strength and intellect as well as wonderful story line.

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