The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret

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In this glittering tale of forgotten treasures and long-held secrets, international bestseller Karen Swan explores one womans journey to discovering the truth behind an abandoned apartment and a family whose mysteries may be better left undiscovered.
When fine art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d’art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical-- until she discovers that the treasure trove of paintings is myriad, and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong asks Flora to trace the history of each painting. As she researches the provenance of their prize Renoir, she uncovers a scandal surrounding the painting-- and a secret that goes to the very heart of the family. Xavier Vermeil is determined to separate Flora from his family's affairs in spite of their powerful attraction to one another. What secrets is he trying to hide? And what price is Flora willing to pay to uncover the truth?
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062672827
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 21 cm


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A good plot line, an interesting mystery, but the characters were offputting. The mention of "50 Shades of Gray" and scenes where a man forcefully grabs a woman and says something like "What are you doing to me, Flora?" before stomping away in a huff made me think the author must be a fan of dark and disturbed male characters. I struggled to get to the end, only to find out the mystery of the apartment and the artwork, not to find out about the characters and their ridiculous relationships.

Nov 05, 2017

A poor attempt, in my opinion, of trying to imagine how someone in a wealthy home must have sounded. If you like nonsense like "Oh mummy!" and lots of "Darling!" dialogue maybe this book is for you. Personally I gave up on page 10. It struck me as contrived and forced.

katarina_biblio Apr 01, 2017

Enjoyable if you need a quick and easy read, but not as compelling as Karen Swan's other books. The protagonist is difficult to relate to and the romance is far from the surprise it is set up to be.

Jul 12, 2016

In spite of the sometimes flowery prose, the ultra perfect characters and the rampant name dropping, this is quite an entertaining story.


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