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EPUB î MOBI The Paris Winter î 9781250051837 ↠ MBJUK É Imogen Robertson's break out novel—a deep dark and opulent tale of Belle Époue Paris and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint and to flee the constraints of her small EnImogen Robertson's break out novel a deep dark and opulent tale of Belle Époue Paris and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint and to flee the constraints of her small English town It THE PARIS WINTER BY IMOGEN ROBERTSONA long time ago when I was a baby crime writer trying to find a publisher for my first book ‘darling we love the plot but we just can’t publish lesbian characters Can’t you change them? my agent brought me in due course of time to The Women’s Press who said ‘Darling we love the characters but the plot we don’t publish thrillers we only publish mysteries Yours is too thrilling Can you make it into a mystery?’Thus began a search for the distinction between mysteries and thrillers As a result I came to the conclusion that a mystery is a literary hybrid between Cleudo and the Telegraph crossword where we all have to discover who killed Miss Scarlet with the lead piping in the library and where the clues wind through of varying degrees of tortuosity before revealing their import or lack of it A thriller by contrast sets up one single important uestion will the person for whom we have most affection survive through to the end of the novel? This covers a pretty broad base and so we have the subgenres the spy thriller the action thriller and its baby brother the acronym thriller in which every page must have at least one military acronym one particular brand of gun and an identification to the nearest half millimeter of the rounds it fires the historical thriller And then we have the rarest of beasts the literary thriller the thriller that transcends genres and leaps out to the head of a crowded field; a book so good that it bludgeons away all the normal restrictions of the field Imogen Robertson’s ‘The Paris Winter’ is just such a book Set in Paris of La Belle Époue at the turn of the twentieth century the book follows the fortunes of Maud Heighton a young English woman of straightened means who has come to Paris to study at a women only art school Finding herself cold and uite literary starving she faces the prospect of returning home to her disapproving brother – until an angel in the form of the fantastically beautiful fantastically wealthy Russian heiress Tanya introduces her to a man who needs a young lady of good breeding to take care of his sister Sylvie Sylvie is an opium addict and perhaps company will bring her back to the world Maud flourishes in Sylvie’s company Her painting improves her life is perfect Until it isn’t The sudden crash that hits her is as unexpected to us as it is to her and I’m not going to spoil it for you but let’s say that what was a fascinating intricate novel of art and artistry of manners and means becomes an increasingly dark and twisting thriller with a genuinely nail biting denoument that coincides with the floods that assailed Paris in January of 1910So far so good This is a love story a story of art a story of loss and betrayal and doubt and of women finding their way in the world – the subplot of Tanya’s aunts is particularly moving – but none of these in and of themselves is exceptional What lifts this above the herd is the uality of the prose; the working of words as if they were oils on a canvas that turn this novel about art into work of art in its own right The characters are complex and perfect; they have depth and colour and the lights that show them are chosen with care The settings are detailed and many are mirrored in the catalogue notes for an unsigned collection the provenance of which only becomes clear in the last pages The sense of Paris as the hub of change is palpable and lights every page And yes I did fall in love with Maud always a good sign in a novel This isn’t the average blood and thunder It’s not a book of battles and intrigue and politics and great men of state It’s a glorious gorgeous tapestry of a world that is almost within reach of our own and I loved it If it’s not at least on the shortlist for the Prize formerly known as Orange somebody somewhere isn’t doing their job right

Imogen Robertson ß The Paris Winter BOOK

Took all her courage to escape but Paris eats money While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Époue Maud slips into poverty uietly starving and dreading another cold Paris winter Maud takes a job as companion to young beautiful Sylvie More This is the third novel I've read by Imogen Robertson the other two were the first and second in her Crowther and Westerman series I did attempt to read the third book in that series but gave up at over a hundred pages into it I liked the very first book in that series and I thought this book might be as enjoyable as it wasI did make it all the way to the end of 'The Paris Winter' but it felt like an accomplishment rather than a pleasure often the details seemed tedious As with the third Crowther and Westerman book 'Island of Bones' I found the story and the characters never pulled me in The writing was easy to read but not really very engaging or interesting The rendering of the characters came off flat and somewhat clichéd while the storyline wasn't bad it just didn't have the pacing and pull I was hoping it mightFleshing out the characters and their conflicts and histories would have made for a satisfying reading experience As I said the reading was easy but the story was underdeveloped and didn't come alive for me I didn't find any of the characters particularly realistic or likeable I know this will be one of those stories that fades from my memory soon after the cover is closed

KINDLE â The Paris Winter ß Imogen Robertson

The Paris WinterL But Sylvie has a secret an addiction to opium As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury their secrets become hers Before the New Year arrives a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light uite an interesting historical novel which takes place in the artistic Paris at the time of the 1910 flood An interesting plot good characters not too perfect Maud often got on my nerves with interesting developments I liked the way each chapter started with the description of a painting and the artistic milieu depicted by Imogen Robertson Very well read too I will be looking for novels by Ms Robertson