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A "rich and riveting" New York Times bestseller based on the true story of a female journalist who defied all the rules while covering World War II (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price...
France, 2005: Decades after World War II, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but D'Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D'Arcy's life forever.
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"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans." --Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana
"[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!" --Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection
About the Author
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for L'Oreal before penning the New York Times and internationally bestselling novel The Paris Orphan. She is also the author of the USA Today bestseller The Paris Seamstress. When she's not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, traveling, reading, practicing yoga and playing with her three children. Natasha lives in Perth, Western Australia.
"An emotional and sweeping tale
set against the backdrop of World War II, The Paris Orphan
honors the courage and dedication of war correspondents through the lens of a captivating Vogue
photojournalist. Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans.
"—Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana
"Rich and riveting...Readers will become engrossed from the very first page as mystery and romance are expertly combined into one emotionally charged, unforgettable story."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The Paris Orphan
is another must-read WWII drama and one of the best books we've read in 2019."—Books for Her
"This is a splendid, breathtaking novel
, full of mystery and passion. I didn't want to put it down, and when it finished, I wanted to start reading all over again. Natasha Lester has woven together the lives of two intriguing women from different eras who find they have much more in common than their bravery and talent. Skillfully told, this passionate tale reveals the best and worst of men, and women, dealing with the brutality of war, and one of the darker secrets of World War II. A must read
!"—Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection
intriguing story inspired by real-life female photojournalists during
WWII...Readers of historical fiction featuring courageous women will greatly
enjoy...the story of heroism."
"The Paris Orphan
was a magnificent story that captivated me from start to finish!"—The Genre Minx
"Natasha Lester's latest historical
novel is a drop-dead gorgeous winner!"
"The Paris Orphan
is a compelling and poignant historical fiction... It took my breath away. It was well-written, detailed perfectly, and had fascinating character."—Living My Best Book Life
"Sweeping, heartbreaking, and incredibly moving, The Paris Orphan
is an inspiring love story on multiple fronts."—The Rest is History
intense, intriguing, dramatic, emotional, and powerful novel."
—Linda's Book Obsession
"Those who appreciate historical novels and female
leads who break out of the traditional mold will find this tale worth their
—The Historical NovelSociety