Extra material includes a deleted scene and a Q&A with Imogen Robertson Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academy to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town.
It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money.
While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty.
Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel.
But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers.
Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 24/10/2013
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780755390137
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Review by SilversReviews
Who wouldn't want to spend the winter in Paris? Maud was in Paris starving and freezing as an art student when Tanya, a wealthy woman, befriended her and helped Maud obtain a position in a home to take care of a young lady.Maud found out the accommodations brought about more than a warm place to stay and good meals. Sylvie, the young lady she was taking care of, smoked opium and stole things, her "brother" wasn't very honest, and nothing was what it seemed. What else was going to happen, and what did she get herself into?What was supposed to be a life-changing winter turned out to be a winter of lies, danger, deceit, and murder. The beginning of THE PARIS WINTER was a bit slow, but as the tale unraveled, there was nothing slow, nothing short of deviousness, and nothing short ofintrigue. Don't give up too soon.You will feel sorry for Maud, you will love Tanya and Yvette - they are actually comical and so loyal to Maude, you will hate Sylvie and her "brother," and you will question all that goes on with them and question their motives.I thoroughly enjoyed THE PARIS WINTER because of the well-developed, unlikeable, devious, corrupt characters and the unpredictable, twisted plot with a marvelous, thrilling ending. This thrilling ending was set during the Paris flood of 1910 and was a perfect connection to Maud's intentions.Don't miss reading THE PARIS WINTER. You will be pulled in just like the flood waters of Paris pulled in its citizens. THE PARIS WINTER is an alluring, captivating historical read. 4/5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.