I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 18th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Mystery & Detective
Source: St. Martin's Press
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There is but one Paris.Vincent Van GoghMaud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, she stumbles upon an opportunity when Christian Morel engages her as a live-in companion to his beautiful young sister, Sylvie. Maud is overjoyed by her good fortune. With a clean room, hot meals, and an umbrella to keep her dry, she is able to hold her head high as she strolls the streets of Montmartre. No longer hostage to poverty and hunger, Maud can at last devote herself to her art. But all is not as it seems. Christian and Sylvie, Maud soon discovers, are not quite the darlings they pretend to be. Sylvie has a secret addiction to opium and Christian has an ominous air of intrigue. As this dark and powerful tale progresses, Maud is drawn further into the Morels' world of elegant deception. Their secrets become hers, and soon she is caught in a scheme of betrayal and revenge that will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
“The Paris Winter” by Imogen Robertson is a story that is very easy to get hooked on. Maud Heighton is a young English woman who is studying art at Lafond’s Academie. Being a starving artist in paris, she is taken under the wing of a very wealthy Russian classmate, Tanya and a class model named Yvette. Through these girls, Maud meets Christian Morel who hires her to be his sister, Sylvie’s companion. Maud begins to take care of Sylvie, While Christian is off at his club. For the first time in a long time, Maud doesn’t have to worry about what her next meal will be, so instead she begins to dream about her future again. Maud starts to get to comfortable when she finds out what life she has truly stepped into. Who has good motives and who has bad ones? This story keeps you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen to Maud.
Tanya and Yvette are very loveable characters and it is easy to like them. They are quite comical and so very loyal to Maud. They truly want to help her out and make sure she is ont he right footing. Tanya is in Paris to study painting and her family is letting her indulge her interest in art while they try to find a suitable match to marry her off too. Yvette is a french model who comes from a life of extreme proverty and violence. Yvette is very beautiful which has helped her enter the world of art due to the fact that she makes a gorgeous mdoel to paint.
Now that these three girls are together, they end up in very mysterious circumstances. People are dying and others are lying and deceitful. When Maud is framed for stealing a diamond tiara, the reader is taken into a completely different world of jewel thieves, opium addicts, and starving artists all trying to sruvive. Opium is a real problem in Paris during this story, so issues centered around opium raises a lot. Betrayal happens so much in this story that it is quite sad. Maud seeks justice to what is happening to her and she can’t accomplish what she wants with out the help of her friends.
I think Robertson did a beautiful job with writing this story. I enjoyed it very much. I think the characters were very well written and they were great to get to know. Maud’s friends were the best. I think they added a lot to the story. I think this story is great if you want to sit down and really enjoy a book. “The Paris Winter” is definitely a great story to read. I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with this book.