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The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre - love, wartime loss, intrigue and the world of haute couture.

Alix St. Pierre spent her early adult years in New York working in the world of advertising and PR. In 1943, her skills impressed the U.S. government, and she was recruited as a spy for the newly formed OSS (Office of Strategic Services). She was sent to Switzerland and worked to protect a group of Italian partisans through covert communications with a German informer. By 1946, Alix secured the coveted job of working as the head of publicity for Christian Dior, who was preparing to take Paris by storm with his new label and design house. But Alix has wartime secrets to hide, and her newfound success is threatened by a shady figure from her past.

In The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre, author Natasha Lester has created a sharp, independent main character who refused to settle for the typical female role of her time. The book takes place before, during and after WWII and brings together historical figures with fictitious ones to deliver one riveting book. Meticulously researched, the mixing of wartime intrigue with the exciting world of fashion is a combination Lester has successfully delivered in prior novels. This is the type of sweeping story that fully transports the reader. There's loss, tragedy, love, betrayal and some amazing fashions you'll be googling to see what they actually looked like. If you haven't read anything by Natasha Lester yet, jump on board the fan wagon - she is terrific. Her books The Paris Secret (2020) and The Riviera House (2021) are also not to be missed.

Many thanks to Forever / Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read this memorable book in advance of its publication.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Historical Fiction.

Publication Date: January 10, 2023.

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