Two parallel stories, set in two time frames, where second chances and the links between two women flicker and burn with energy. In Chicago during 1999, Madeleine tells her own story as she flounders in a loveless marriage, she finds a journal and as she reads, describes her Grandmother’s story, which begins in 1919. As Madeleine discovers her grandmother, can she also re-discover herself? Eleanor Brown has a wonderful eye for detail, the descriptive detailing encouraged smells, sights and sounds to travel from the page into my consciousness. The two stories, full of life and emotion, twist and merge together into a beautiful relationship tale, yet for me, it was the subtle bitter sweet notes of reality that really added substance to this novel. ‘The Light of Paris’ traverses time and continents, in a captivating and gorgeously told, hope filled tale, it really is very lovely indeed.
From the bestselling author of THE WEIRD SISTERS comes an enchanting tale of self-discovery that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt they've lost their way. 'I adored The Light of Paris. It's so lovely and big-hearted' JOJO MOYES 'Soulfulness and emotional insight meet laugh-out-loud humour' PAULA McLAIN, author of The Paris Wife Chicago, 1999. Madeleine is trapped - by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband - in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. But when she finds a diary detailing her grandmother Margie's trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets a woman she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict family and spent a summer living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist. When Madeleine's marriage is threatened, she escapes to her hometown to stay with her disapproving mother. Shaken by the revelation of a family secret and inspired by her grandmother's bravery, Madeleine creates her own summer of joy. In reconnecting with her love of painting and cultivating a new circle of friends, the chance of a new life emerges - but will she be bold enough take it?
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
Beryl White - 'A wonderful calming read. Warning - don't start reading it if you are planning an early night because once you start you won't want to stop!'
Nicki Southwell - 'Two women's lives, some 75 years apart, experience the difficulties conforming to their own society. Choices made and decided, these women face big dilemmas. Is there own happiness worth it?'
Phylippa Smithson - 'It took me a while to get into this account of daughter-mother relationship but it was well worth persevering.'
Val Rowe - 'The perfect summer read. I devoured it in two days whilst on holiday.'
Joy Bosworth - 'I’d have preferred more of Margie and some detail of the sandwich-mother but overall it is a really enjoyable book.'
Jane Pepler - 'I felt more of an affinity with the modern character Madeleine than her grandmother, but neither character really grabbed me.'
Dana Captainino - 'Don't let The Light of Paris pass you by. It is unusual, involving and a really good read.'
Sarah Jones - 'Light hearted, pleasant reading about two generations of women struggling to find their place in the world.'
Lorraine Blencoe - 'The characters are teasingly drawn. The descriptions are effortless.'
Katie Hoare- 'The reader is drawn into the story of both women and, you, along with both characters, find a sense of fulfilment.'
Edel Waugh - 'This book is the literary equivalent of chocolate cake and whipped cream.'
Judith Waring - 'I loved this book right from the first page, the first paragraph even, which struck such a strong cord within me.'
Fiona Maclean - 'I loved this book. I found the parallel stories engaging and enjoyed the characterisation of both Madeleine and Margie.'
Sharon McKinlay - 'A very entertaining story.'
Fiona Rothery - 'The Light of Paris is a very gentle novel with an emotional insight into the lives of two women. A very delightful novel.'
Rosie Watch - 'I just loved this book from the first page, it was about me!'
'I adored The Light of Paris. It's so lovely and big-hearted'
'Soulfulness and emotional insight meet laugh-out-loud humour'
PAULA McLAIN, author of The Paris Wife
The Light of Paris is a warm and illuminating novel of great hope and heart. Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times-bestselling author of Beach Town and Ladies
Praise for THE WEIRD SISTERS:
'It's I CAPTURE THE CASTLE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, an eccentric and totally irresistible read'
'Three sisters, as different in temperament as King Lear's daughters, each return to their parental home, harbouring secrets ... A funny and insightful mirror to reality'
'If you didn't know, you'd never guess that this thoroughly enjoyable novel was the author's first'
'What a joy to read. What a VOICE'
Helen Simonson, best-selling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand '5 stars
'Bright, literate debut...the stage clearly belongs to the sisters; Hamlet's witches would be proud of the toil and trouble they stir up.'
Publication date: 14/07/2016
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||14th July 2016|
|Publisher:||The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Eleanor Brown has lived in many places, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, England, and South Florida. She has had many jobs, including wedding coordinator, freelance writer, executive assistant and teacher. The Weird Sisters is her first novel. Author photo © Joe HensonMore About Eleanor Brown