The Paris Winter

The Paris Winter

A Novel

Book - 2014
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There is but one Paris.
Vincent Van Gogh

Maud 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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9781250051837
1250051835
Characteristics: 360 pages

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LiliDvorak
Mar 29, 2017

Great book - intrigue, history, art - a page turner. Also, look up the main character; her art is beautiful.

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ApollosRaven
Nov 07, 2016

Maud is literally a starving artist in Paris, 1910. She and her classmates are segregated and denigrated. Robertson is not singing the praises of the tourist's glittering Paris in this novel, but rather exploring an isolated young woman's evolution toward adulthood and first experience of friendship with other women. Paris is nevertheless beautifully explored - from the Academie Lafond, to Gertrude Stein's salon, to the streets of Montmartre. The first half of the book focuses on Maud - and in the second half the viewpoint shifts between her friends and rescuers Tanya and Yvette, both of whom have fears of their own to face. All three are very different and very engaging characters, and all three work together to solve a mystery, fight the elements (a major flood), and save their futures.

samdog123 Sep 19, 2016

Taking art classes in Paris around the turn of the century, Maud is struggling with finances and is finding it hard to get through the cold Paris winter. When she is hired to be a companion for Sylvie and Christian , her luck seems to turn. The first part of the book is totally different from the second part as you will see when you read it. It's a unique historical suspense novel set in the early 1900's. I read a previous book by this author, Immortal Instruments. What I liked most about this book is the friendships between the three main female characters, Maud, Tanya and Yvette who support each other when times are hard.

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bibliolady_1
Aug 13, 2016

A most intriguing historical fiction set in 1910 Paris. Both this novel and the previous one I read about Paris involve art. This one a thriller element that will keep you guessing up to the end. The very short epilogue explains much.

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neuromanson
Mar 04, 2016

The first half of "The Paris Winter" is frisky and engaging, with a trio of talented and lively "new" young women artists. Then suddenly, about half way through, the plot veers off into unconvincing melodrama totally out of character with the first half.
Our three protagonists are well drawn and likeable and I believed in their fervent friendship.
However, one villain is paper-thin and unconvincing and the other, despite his crimes, somehow sympathetic.
The whole ramshackle second half of the book drowns the charming beginning just as the famous flood drowns Paris.
The City of Lights is a wispy pencil sketch - no juice and no joy.
What a shame.

LoganLib_Phoebe Sep 29, 2015

An intriguing read that keeps the pages turning. Art and history buffs will enjoy the style of writing!

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tesstlc
Aug 12, 2015

I found this book quite enjoyable, mostly as light mystery reading, but it also did have some insights into the historical time period in which it was set.

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genepy
May 22, 2015

The title is misguiding the reader : do not expect any descriptions of this beautiful city and not much either about the female artists of the time.
Weak characters , flimsy plot , a disappointment...

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1_Great_Book
Feb 19, 2015

This is not your average romantic read with happy endings. Quite the contrary. One very much experiences the bleak times for a different class of people in the Belle Époque.

ChristchurchLib Jan 20, 2015

As her meager funds dwindle, Englishwoman Maud Heighton, an aspiring painter studying at Paris' Académie Lafond, wonders how much longer she'll be able to pursue her art. Unexpected assistance arrives in the form of Monsieur Christian Morel, who hires Maud as a live-in companion and tutor to his fragile sister, Sylvie. To Maud, the offer seems too good to be true - and, of course, it is. Best known for her Westerman and Crowther mysteries, author Imogen Robertson employs her eye for period detail and her skill in creating suspenseful stories in this atmospheric novel, which vividly depicts the lives of artists during La Belle Époque. Historical Fiction January 2015 newsletter.

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