Leonie

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With only her exotic beauty, seductive innocence, pride, and fiery spirit, Leonie came from the provinces to find her future in Paris.  From the shame of music halls, she rose to international fame singing songs of love and longing, straight from the heart.  From Paris to the Cote d'Azur, from New York to Brazil, from Cuba to Cairo, she moved in a dazzling world of money, passion, and power—a world darkened only by the relentlessly hunger of one man's obsession—a man determined to possess her ...

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Overview

With only her exotic beauty, seductive innocence, pride, and fiery spirit, Leonie came from the provinces to find her future in Paris.  From the shame of music halls, she rose to international fame singing songs of love and longing, straight from the heart.  From Paris to the Cote d'Azur, from New York to Brazil, from Cuba to Cairo, she moved in a dazzling world of money, passion, and power—a world darkened only by the relentlessly hunger of one man's obsession—a man determined to possess her . . . a man who could never lover her, never let her go . . . .

Arriving in Paris with only her exotic beauty and strong spirit to help her succeed, Leonie vows to rise above her poverty and make a name for herself. As she achieves stardom, many men are mesmerized by her, including the wealthy, powerful and darkly handsome Gilles de Courmont. A novel of great passion and adventure set at the turn of the century and spanning three continents, by a promising new storyteller.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Leonie, who is only 16 in 1890, has left the provinces to seek her fortune in Paris. She is without fortune, family or friends but she has something to make her madly successful: she has tawn. Her eyes are tawny and so is her hair and her cat, Bebe, and so is her first lover, Rupert, who promises to marry her after he sees his parents in Germany. But alas, he never returns because the lovers' letters have been intercepted by Gilles de Courmont, who wants Leonie for himself. Nothing if not practical, Leonie casts her lot with Gilles whom she continues to address as ``Monsieur,'' as if he were a rock-star instead of a Duc. Monsieur gives her Cartier jewels, Worth dresses, dinners at Voisins and a very hard time, for although he does nobly under the covers, he also has the heart of an undercover man. Monsieur is forevery spying on Leoniedispatching her other lovers with bribes and blowseven murdering one who has just given her another bebe. Finally provoked, Leonie leaves the Duc, becomes a famous chanteuse and finds true love with James Homer Alexander Jamieson iii, but Monsieur continues to haunt her life. Though studded with anachronisms and unconvincing coincidences, Adler's first novel should endear itself to those who like flossy romanances spiced with plenty of sex. November 1
Library Journal
This historical romance is set mainly in France from the 1890s through World War I. Leonie, impoverished child of a French country woman and an Egyptian circus performer, arrives in Paris to seek her fortune. She soon becomes the mistress of a very wealthy but cold and manipulative man, ``Monsieur''; later she is famous as a singer and finally happy as the wife of a rich American. When Leonie bears the child of a casual lover, Monsieur's vengeance is terrible and casts a shadow over the rest of her life until his death sets her free. Leonie believes her destiny is ruled by Sekhmet, an Egyptian goddess, but neither the Egyptian connection nor other exotic locales (Brazil, Cuba, Florida) are ever really brought to life. Not among the most compelling of its type, this may satisfy fans of the genre. Patricia Y. Morton, State Lib. of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440146629
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 232,118
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Beautiful

    I read this in hard cover many years ago. But when I saw it on Nook, I had to reread it. It is a wonderful book. I actually started this again because I also bought Peach and The Rich Shall Inherit so that I can enjoy the trilogy. Don't miss this---but be sure to start with Leonie and than go on to the other two. Adler is a beautiful story teller and you just want to keep reading and reading.
    You might also want to read Jeffrey Archer-The Clifton Chronicles--Only Time Will Tell and Sins of The Father followed by 3 yet unpublished.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Great story!

    This is a great read! I thought the story moved at a good pace and I found myself caring about the characters as you get to know them over the span of their lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    it's amazing

    i enjoyed reading this book it was amazing.. i haven't finshed it yet but i really liked it. especially if u read it on the beach. i've readed a lot of books but this one is the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2001

    An Elizabeth Adler Fan

    This is the prequel to 'Peach' and also goes by the title Private Desires. Although both books can stand on their own, reading them in the proper order will ensure that you understand some of the comments made by the characters and the fact that Elizabeth glosses over some sections in history (I guess she's assuming that we're reading the books in order). This one is more detailed than the next and I greatly recommend it.

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