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It is 1907 when Juliette Cladel, beguilingly pretty and refreshingly innocent, arrives in Paris to be launched by her sister into the world of haute couture. Beginning her fashion career at the famed House of Landelle, Juliette meets and falls in love with a dashing young Russian count, Nikolai Karasvin, then living la vie boheme as a sculptor. The two young lovers are separated by circumstances when Nikolai is called home to take up family duties and Juliette finds herself trapped by the Great War in Italy and ...
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It is 1907 when Juliette Cladel, beguilingly pretty and refreshingly innocent, arrives in Paris to be launched by her sister into the world of haute couture. Beginning her fashion career at the famed House of Landelle, Juliette meets and falls in love with a dashing young Russian count, Nikolai Karasvin, then living la vie boheme as a sculptor. The two young lovers are separated by circumstances when Nikolai is called home to take up family duties and Juliette finds herself trapped by the Great War in Italy and in a loveless marriage. Not until peace has been restored can the two be reunited in Paris, she as a protegee of the great couturier Fortuny, he as a sculptor in earnest, his noble world having been destroyed by revolution.
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Denise Perry Donavin
Set in Paris in the second decade of this century, Laker's newest novel is packed with the glamour of the burgeoning fashion industry. Name-dropping is neatly achieved, with notables such as Rubin and Fortuny woven into the fictional tale of Juliette Cladel, who, newly released from her convent education, falls in love with Russian nobleman Nikolai Karasvin. Karasvin would prefer to remain in Paris studying with Rubin and sculpting his own bronze and marble works, but duty calls him home to settle grievances on the family estate and to support the czar. He departs, unaware that Juliette is carrying their child. She flees the watchful eyes of Paris for Tuscany and eventually marries an Italian and goes to work for Fortuny in Venice. Although this basic story line may lack the intricate plotting evident in earlier Laker creations (such as "The Sugar Pavilion" ), the author's deftly spun historical ambience, ranging from the Moulin Rouge to wartime Venice, deepens and enhances her fiction.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786204038
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: Large print ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 559
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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    a love book

    u should read this book, because the love in this book will mean much to u. don't waste your time with other romantic book. the romantism is the best.

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