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The Paris Model - from a farm in Australia to the glamour of the House of Dior in post-war Paris.

Historical fiction is especially interesting when you find out that the story is based on a real person. Australian author Alexandra Joel, former editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Portfolio takes us on this well-researched and enjoyable journey based on her friend's mother.

Grace Woods grew up on a large Australian farm with loving parents. While her father shared the great outdoors with her, Grace’s mother shared her love of fashion. After tragedies and loss during WWII, the beautiful Grace is invited to Paris for a trial run as a model (referred to as a mannequin) for Christian Dior, whose modern post-war designs were not only a departure from previous styles, but a symbol of a fresh, new start for the country. After a failed marriage and uncovering a family secret, Grace leaves her life in Australia behind and seeks a fresh start in the City of Lights.

While enjoying her new independence and the beauty and glamour of her new home and career, Grace finds herself involved in a new romance, political intrigue and espionage. She is also trying to uncover the truth behind the fate of her true father, whose identity was hidden from her. Woven into Grace’s world are fun appearances and mentions of real-life figures including Jacqueline Bouvier, Julia Child, Rita Hayworth and Eva Peron. If you enjoy stories about high fashion, Paris and life during and after WWII, check out The Paris Model. It’s an enjoyable, easy and satisfying read. And be sure to read the Author’s Note at the end, which details the true story which was the inspiration for this entertaining novel.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Historical Fiction.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020.

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