Moonlight Over Paris: A Novel

Moonlight Over Paris: A Novel

by Jennifer Robson


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An aristocratic young woman leaves the sheltered world of London to find adventure, passion, and independence in 1920s Paris in this mesmerizing story from the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and After the War is Over.

Spring, 1924

Recovering from a broken wartime engagement and a serious illness that left her near death, Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr vows that for once she will live life on her own terms. Breaking free from the stifling social constraints of the aristocratic society in which she was raised, she travels to France to stay with her free spirited aunt. For one year, she will simply be Miss Parr. She will explore the picturesque streets of Paris, meet people who know nothing of her past—and pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

A few years after the Great War’s end, the City of Light is a bohemian paradise teeming with actors, painters, writers, and a lively coterie of American expatriates who welcome Helena into their romantic and exciting circle. Among them is Sam Howard, an irascible and infuriatingly honest correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Dangerously attractive and deeply scarred by the horror and carnage of the war, Sam is unlike any man she has ever encountered. He calls her Ellie, sees her as no one has before, and offers her a glimpse of a future that is both irresistible and impossible.

As Paris rises phoenix-like from the ashes of the Great War, so too does Helena. Though she’s shed her old self, she’s still uncertain of what she will become and where she belongs. But is she strong enough to completely let go of the past and follow her heart, no matter where it leads her?

Artfully capturing the Lost Generation and their enchanting city, Moonlight Over Paris is the spellbinding story of one young woman’s journey to find herself, and claim the life—and love—she truly wants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062389824
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 112,906
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.

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Moonlight Over Paris 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine has a similar upbringing and personality to Rose from Titanic: she was born into wealth, goes to lavish parties with pretentious people, and is paired up with a wealthy man who she does not love, but inside she yearns for adventure. Althou she has the self-image and self-esteem of Jane Eyre, she also has her the drive and perserverance.I love how the author describes every detail of the rooms, the attire, the music, and the foods: you can really feel like you are there with the characters and experiencing their lives. If you like history, art, the 1920s, and love stories, this is the perfect book for you. I am going to read the test of the author's novels
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A fantastic historical romance fiction that takes the reader behind the scenes of the art world in Paris through the eyes of a British girl who has overcome illness and is ready to live! I am not that knowledged on art, but I appreciate it, so I loved reading about a person who is going to school for art and learning the ins and outs and I felt like I was learning with her.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
Lately I am in love with all things Paris so I jumped at the chance to read this book. What I did not know if that there are two books that come before this book but I was able to read it as a stand alone and did not feel a bit lost. I enjoyed reading about Sam and Helena's relationship and how it grew throughout the book. The author did a great job describing Paris after the war and all that was going on. I felt as if I was a part of the story. I also thought the cast of characters were personable and would have loved to meet them. It was nice that the author included key historical figures from the art world in the story as well. It kind of made the story feel a little more real. I will now have to go looking for the first two books and do some catching up. They are: Somewhere in Paris and After the War is Over.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Moonlight Over Paris is vibrant in setting and history. 1920s Paris comes alive under Jennifer Robson’s pen! The bond between an unlikely group of friends kept me invested in the story even when I found the main character herself difficult to relate to. Cameos from actual “influencers” of the time period intrigue and inspire further study of their lives. While beautifully crafted sentences drape every page, I do feel the book to be lacking a dimensionality that I could truly embrace. Likewise, some of the secondary characters appealed to me more than Helena, the main character. But I’m definitely going to be reading “Fall of Poppies” to find out what happens with Daisy’s story – Robson hooked me on that one! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly beautiful story. Helena has had a very rough few years - from being left by her fiance and then blamed for it to almost dying of fever. But since she has decided to really live her life, she leaves England behind for the sights and sounds of Paris and art school - sounds like a great idea. And it was. Watching Helena really come into her own and learn to live life to the fullest was so much fun. Her artist friends are colorful, but not so much that they become caricatures. You fall in love with all of them and the little circle of friendship that they develop. They all have their own very unique personality and histories that have brought them together in one place. Most of the story involves all of them growing and learning together - and it all just seemed incredible natural. But once in awhile it became a little drawn out. Not much but just enough to notice. There's a love interest, a grumpy professor, and an eccentric aunt that all have important roles to play in Helena's life. Not everything turns out the way I expected. Some pleasant and unexpected surprises are included and Helena doesn't get everything and all that she hopes for. But that is also the beauty of the story. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to be able to read an ARC of this book. From the very beginning, I was already loving the message of "living." I could feel the fierce determination of Helena as she made plans to change her life, not wanting to waste the opportunity for a second chance at happiness. Already, I found her bravery inspiring. When she begins to realize that she is changing, it is a lovely moment. As she interacts with her friends and with Sam, she continues to notice the changes in herself. It's heartwarming to watch her blossom. As the ending approaches and she must make a bold move forward to achieve her happily ever after, I was on the edge of my seat as I awaited the outcome. Moonlight Over Paris was a lovely book that left me feeling satisfied and inspired. Kudos to Jennifer Robson for writing another wonderful book.