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A "rich and riveting" USA Today bestseller based on the true story of a female journalist who defied all the rules while covering World War II (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price...

France, 2005: Decades after World War II, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but D'Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D'Arcy's life forever.

Includes a reading group guide!

"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans." —Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana

"[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!" —Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection

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        Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for L'Oreal before penning the New York Times and internationally bestselling novel The Paris Orphan. She is also the author of the USA Today bestseller The Paris Seamstress. When she's not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, traveling, reading, practicing yoga and playing with her three children. Natasha lives in Perth, Western Australia.

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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress comes a World War II novel that spans continents and crosses generations as an American soldier and an enterprising Vogue photographer brave war-torn France to help a lost little girl find the one thing she never had: a family.


New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price...


France, 2005: Fifty years after World War II, D'Arcy...

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A "rich and riveting" USA Today bestseller based on the true story of a female journalist who defied all the rules while covering World War II (Publishers Weekly, starred review).


New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price...


France, 2005: Decades after World War II, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but D'Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D'Arcy's life forever.


Includes a reading group guide!


"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans." —Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana


"[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!" —Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection

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        Starred review from July 29, 2019
        Lester (The Paris Seamstress) reveals secrets from a WWII romance in this rich and riveting novel. In 2004 France, Australian art handler D’Arcy Hallworth has been hired to pack up photographs at the French estate of Lieu de Reves for shipment to Australia for an exhibition. She meets American Josh Vaughn, the photographer’s agent, and discovers that her mother, Victorine, may be the little girl in some of the photos from the 1940s. Romance blossoms between D’Arcy and Josh as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her mother’s appearance in the photos. In a parallel 1942 narrative, Jessica May is a New York model whose stalled career leads her to become a photojournalist, working as a war correspondent in Europe. There she meets Dan Hallworth, a handsome, respected American officer. Lester’s novel is modeled after real-life characters and is imbued with realism, highlighting the horrors of WWII and the discrimination faced by female correspondents. Readers will become engrossed from the very first page as mystery and romance are expertly combined into one emotionally charged, unforgettable story. Agent: Jacinta di Mase, Jacinta di Mase Management.

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        August 23, 2019

        In 1942, model-turned-photojournalist Jessica May travels to the European theater of war and finds excitement, grief, wisdom, pain, and, perhaps most surprisingly, love. Victorine is a young orphan living in a field hospital in Italy who has quickly charmed the nurses and soldiers stationed there, including Jessica and the kind Captain Dan. Decades later, in 2005, D'Arcy, Victorine's daughter, is brought to France to process a collection of photographs taken by a mysterious artist with a connection to Victorine. Lester (The Paris Seamstress) weaves a story centered on her characters' choices and how the effects of their decisions trickle down in unexpected ways. The novel is wrapped, somewhat too conveniently, around real historical events and figures--one peculiar scene has a character using Hitler's bathtub. The dialog among the characters, particularly when Jessica is speaking to the soldiers and nurses she meets, doesn't always feel natural, but the plot is strong enough to keep readers engaged. In D'Arcy and Jessica, Lester has created relatable characters who are dealing with shocking and difficult circumstances all while trying to navigate the complicated paths their lives are taking. VERDICT Those who appreciate historical novels and female leads who break out of the traditional mold will find this tale worth their time.--Rachel Olsen, Univ. of North Carolina Libs., Greensboro

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        September 1, 2019
        Jessica May is a model for Vogue in the 1940s, until she is kicked out of high fashion when her unscrupulous lover sells her image for a feminine-hygiene ad. Desperate to be seen as more than a pretty face, Jessica convinces an editor at Vogue to let her photograph and report on the war. Soon she is in Italy, witnessing the horrors there, and she suffers much to bring the reality of war to the American public. The impact of this suffering and postwar decisions continue to reverberate in the twenty-first century. In 2005, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives in France to pack up some photos from a reclusive photographer, and there she uncovers family secrets. Alternating perspectives between D'Arcy and Jessica, Lester (The Paris Seamstress, 2018) tells an intriguing story inspired by real-life female photojournalists during WWII. This look into that life is the most compelling part of the book, and readers of historical fiction featuring courageous women will greatly enjoy Jessica's story and, by extension, the story of the heroism of female photojournalists.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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