A sweeping historical epic from an exciting new talent. Moving from the lavender fields of Provence to the glitz and glamour of Paris, the war-torn streets of Berlin to the promises of New York, it’s the story of a young girl who gets the chance of lifetime – before seeing it ripped apart by war…
Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provençal lavender farm after the death of her father. Forced to become a maid at her aunt's boarding house 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 too she will be a famous singer and dancer.
Years later, the famous Simone Fleurier, toast of Paris society, watches the Nazi troops occupy the city. Suddenly, her world is turned upside down, and Simone must make new and dangerous choices.
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"Rich in detail, and the story fairly rattles along." (Choice magazine)
"One of our great storytellers." (The Sunday Telegraph)
"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 André. The descriptions of the Provençal countryside are as compelling as the details of the European music halls, where Simone rises to fame." (AudioFile Magazine)
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007202806