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A Paris Fairy Tale
Is Paris the city of happily ever afters?
Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine.
As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.
But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters?
This is an intriguing romantic suspense centred around the valuation and validation of historical art and manuscripts. Art historian and Paleographer, Aurora Black may have been named after a fairy tale but, following the untimely death of her parents when she was only five years old, she’s had anything but a fairy tale upbringing and remembers little of her childhood. Now she’s been tasked with ascertaining if the manuscript that is to be put up for auction is genuine or not.
This could make or break Aurora’s career – especially as journalist Cédric Castel is intent on discovering all he can about her and her work. He’s also seeking evidence – but she’s not sure what for. Initially suspicious of her, he discovers she’s genuinely and honestly doing her job. This alters the dynamics between them and, as they set out to discover the truth, Aurora will find herself in danger, rescues will be necessary and more perils to be faced. The banter between them is hilarious at times! As mutual attraction between them grows, so does the pressure on them. Can they work together to prove the truth or will they be forced apart as the threats increase and secrets are uncovered?
What a great read this proved to be. It is an action packed story where, despite the romantic Parisian setting, it is the history, mystery, suspense and, of cours, romance that takes centre stage. There are so many twists and turns as the story unfolds that it just keeps you turning the pages to discover what happens next. The characters are well developed and revelations regarding the childhoods of both Cédric and Aurora have distorted their connections to their family. Aurora’s relationship with her grandmother also has some shocking revelations, ones that turn the whole story around in an unexpected manner. This is an adventurous investigation where secrets from the past and present affect the lives of many more than either initially assumed possible. It is a great read for anyone who enjoys fairy tale romance or romantic suspense.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
About the author
Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global Ebook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance), and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!
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