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Belle Epoque - Elizabeth Ross
Belle Epoque
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When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more... show more
When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect adornment of plainness. But Isabelle has no idea her new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.  Inspired by a short story written by Emile Zola, Belle Epoque is set at the height of bohemian Paris, when the city was at the peak of decadence, men and women were at their most beautiful, and morality was at its most depraved.  
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385741460 (0385741464)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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The Symmetrical Bookworm
The Symmetrical Bookworm rated it
5.0
Oh. My. GOD. I....just....LOVED THIS!!!! *squeals*Oh my God, this was just splendid. I devoured this book in a matter of hours. The writing! The characters! The setting! It was all so lovely.The writing is magical, in a way. It was so easy to just sit and read through it. I only took a few breaks to...
Gaiety Books
Gaiety Books rated it
4.5 "Belle Epoque" von Elizabeth Ross
Inhalt: Als Maude Pichon aus der ländlichen Bretagne vor einer arrangierten Hochzeit nach Paris flüchtet, vergehen ihre romantischen Träume vom Großstadtleben genauso bald wie ihre Ersparnisse. Verzweifelt folgt sie einer ungewöhnlichen Annonce: Die Agentur Durandeau bietet als einzige in Paris ihre...
Books Over TV
Books Over TV rated it
I loved it! Bell Epoque was a solid read all the way through. The setting and characters were well done. I love reading about books set in Paris. The subject matter was interesting and unsettling to say the least. To be a foil for the rich. To be plain and unattractive in the company of rich prett...
The English Student
The English Student rated it
2.5 Belle Epoque - Elizabeth Ross
Set in Paris circa 1889, Belle Epoque is the story of Maude Pichon, a penniless Breton girl who answers a newspaper advertisement ("Young women wanted for undemanding work. Propriety guaranteed.") only to find that she is to be required to work as a repoussoir, an ugly foil who enhances the beauty o...
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it
0.0 Belle Epoque
All right, my wordiness is decreasing as the number of books I have yet to review increases. So, bullet points! The Good: This was a fascinating glimpse into a different side of Belle Epoque life, and I think it works well as a counter-balance to the kind of glamorized image that one usually sees...
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