Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
Hardcover: 336 pages
Published: June 11, 2013 (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.

Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.

But Isabelle has no idea her new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

 This is a really good stand alone book.  No sequels here.  It's a unique story and concept about the hiring of unattractive women to make socialites look more desirable.  I wonder if this was true?  It certainly seems like it could be, but I'm not sure.  Anyway, this book is good.  Thumbs up.

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