Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provençal lavender farm at the age of fourteen after the accidental death of her father. Forced to become a maid at the boarding house of her aunt Augustine in Marseilles, Simone's life is hard and impoverished. But one of her aunt's boarders, the beautiful Camille Casal a star at the local music hall gives Simone a dream... That one day she too will be a famous singer and dancer. Years later, the famous Simone Fleurier, toast of Paris, watches Nazi troops occupy the city. Suddenly, her world is turned upside down, and Simone must make new and dangerous choices.
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Kate Hood's clear and gentle voice is ideal for narrating the journey of Simone Fleurier. Belinda Alexandra's heroine becomes the listener's personal guide through a tumultuous slice of place and history, provincial and urban France before and during WWII. Besides giving Simone the authentic tone of a maturing young woman, Hood also provides believable voices for male characters, ranging from the gruff uncle to the urbane Andr&EACUTE;. The descriptions of the Provençal countryside are as compelling as the details of the European music halls, where Simone rises to fame. This twenty-hour romantic escape is conveniently presented on two CDs, although an MP3-compatible player is required. R.F. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007202792
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0007202792 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3001661