The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition.
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"When high-powered fine art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d'art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical at first -- until she discovers that the treasure trove of paintings is myriad . . . and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong is eager to learn more and asks Flora to trace the history of each painting. Despite a shocking announcement that has left her own family reeling, Flora finds herself thrown into the glamorous world of the Vermeils. But she soon realizes there is more to this project than first appears. As she researches the provenance of their prize Renoir, she uncovers a scandal surrounding the painting and a secret that goes to the very heart of the family. The fallout will place Flora in the eye of a storm that carries her from London to Vienna to the glittering coast of Provence. Xavier Vermeil, the brusque scion of the family, is determined to separate Flora from his family's affairs in spite of their powerful attraction to one another. Just what are the secrets he is desperately trying to hide? And what price is Flora willing to pay to uncover the devastating truth?"--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062672827
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary: "When high-powered fine art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d'art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical at first -- until she discovers that the treasure trove of paintings is myriad . . . and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong is eager to learn more and asks Flora to trace the history of each painting. Despite a shocking announcement that has left her own family reeling, Flora finds herself thrown into the glamorous world of the Vermeils. But she soon realizes there is more to this project than first appears. As she researches the provenance of their prize Renoir, she uncovers a scandal surrounding the painting and a secret that goes to the very heart of the family. The fallout will place Flora in the eye of a storm that carries her from London to Vienna to the glittering coast of Provence. Xavier Vermeil, the brusque scion of the family, is determined to separate Flora from his family's affairs in spite of their powerful attraction to one another. Just what are the secrets he is desperately trying to hide? And what price is Flora willing to pay to uncover the devastating truth?"--Page [4] of cover.

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LESeymour
Nov 05, 2017

A poor attempt, in my opinion, of trying to imagine how someone in a wealthy home must have sounded. If you like nonsense like "Oh mummy!" and lots of "Darling!" dialogue maybe this book is for you. Personally I gave up on page 10. It struck me as contrived and forced.

katarina_biblio Apr 01, 2017

Enjoyable if you need a quick and easy read, but not as compelling as Karen Swan's other books. The protagonist is difficult to relate to and the romance is far from the surprise it is set up to be.

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matcat44
Jul 12, 2016

In spite of the sometimes flowery prose, the ultra perfect characters and the rampant name dropping, this is quite an entertaining story.

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