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by Elizabeth Ross
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The Symmetrical Bookworm
The Symmetrical Bookworm rated it 4 years ago
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 years ago
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 4 years ago
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 4 years ago
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 4 years ago
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...
VeganCleopatra
VeganCleopatra rated it 5 years ago
Belle Epoque started off on shaky ground when it kept alluding to ugly and plain people as less worthy of...well, anything. I was not sure if this was some sort of stance the author was making or was just the cliche societal pressure aspect. Judging by the summary you would assume the latter so I pu...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it 5 years ago
I feel so happy that so many YA books coming out this year are historical fiction about independent girls who don't fall in love in one day, who have believable adventures, and make an amazing journey of self-discovery. Belle Epoque is one of these books, even based on a short story from 19th centu...
Khanh the Killjoy
Khanh the Killjoy rated it 5 years ago
"'Mother Nature is not democratic. Look at the orchid compared with the dandelion: one exotic and rare, the other a common weed...And so with beauty. Some have an advantage, some a cross to bear. Some just fade into the background, forever plain and obscure---invisible, inconsequential.'"What a beau...
kaylabeck
kaylabeck rated it 5 years ago
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.Belle Epoque, the debut novel by Elizabeth Ross was not the book that I was expecting to read when I opened it. I allowed myself to be misled by the synopsis and thought that I was getting a Cinderella/Ugly Duckling story. I am so glad that I was mist...
Between the Pages
Between the Pages rated it 5 years ago
The idea behind this novel fascinates me! I mean, it really is quite ingenious: make yourself look better by having a less well-looking person stand beside you and shine in comparison. It's like a theory I once read somewhere or saw on TV, how being in a group of beautiful people can transform someo...
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