Preview Reviews: The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel

Preview Reviews: The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel

The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel is inspired by an astonishing true story, and is a tale of glamour, family secrets and heartbreak that takes you from the rolling plains of country Australia to the elegant salons of Paris. Our Preview readers loved this stunning and intriguing historical fiction.

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The Paris Model is a beautifully written novel which combines the Australian countryside with the fast paced Parisian fashion world. There’s mystery and drama delivered alongside a love story and some famous historical figures of the fashion world. I loved the atmosphere of this novel. It’s so wonderfully Australian yet when the heroine relocates to France the European vibe is palpable. This is a book set during the 1930’s but it tells a different story than most wartime era novels I’ve read before. I wasn’t surprised to find out that this is based on true story because I could picture Grace and her adventures perfectly in my mind. The outback to the runway – there is an authenticity about how the author told Grace’s story. There’s so much to appreciate in The Paris Model. From the fashion to the vivid descriptions of the worlds Grace inhabits, this is a book which feels cinematic at times. The plot is overall satisfying but at times I found the character of Grace hard to like and I disengaged slightly from her plight. – Kate, QLD, 4 stars

The Paris Model is a highly enjoyable historical fiction that you won’t want to put down. Grace is an intriguing and relatable main character that I enjoyed getting to know in such a fascinating setting and I loved the great attention to detail in Alexandra Joel’s writing. Outback Australia is wonderfully contrasted with the romance and glitz of Paris and the French culture and I found The Paris Model such a pleasure to read and I believe many readers will too. – M Manalo, NSW, 4 stars

The Paris Model is a perfectly paced and beautifully written novel about the life of Grace Dubois. Grace, who grew up working on her family’s sheep and wheat farm, longs to see the world and leaves her brief and unhappy marriage to pursue a career in Paris as a model for Christian Dior. Although she is initially reluctant to pursue a romantic attachment, she eventually falls in love with Phillipe, and soon discovers people are not always who they seem to be. The story is inspired by true events and contains appearances from many important political and artistic figures from the post-WWII era, which added a fun and interesting element to the story. The descriptions of the locations, fashions, and events depicted in the book perfectly set the scene for the story. The characters were multidimensional and interesting – I particularly liked the way the Dior mannequins were portrayed in the book. The actual story itself is absolutely fascinating, especially the events that unfolded as a result of Grace and Phillipe’s relationship. The Paris Model is a must-read, combining an interesting read with a story of depth and substance. – Amanda, QLD, 5 stars

What can I say – I just loved this book. While I have to admit to a slight bias, as I soon discovered that the early parts of the book were located in and around my childhood hometown of Parkes, I just couldn’t put it down. The book was beautifully written, the characters coming to life on the pages and the progression of the story kept you hooked right to the end. For her time, Grace is a very brave woman, uprooting herself from the isolation of a secluded upbringing in country NSW, followed by the impact of war on relationships – and finally taking herself off to Paris to search to live her dream as a Paris Model. While there were many twists and turns, her determination eventually leads her to achieve her dream, and later to achieve the happiness she thought she had lost. My only criticism was the ending; I thought (or perhaps just hoped?!) that it needed one final chapter to bring all to a conclusion – but perhaps there is a sequel in the wind? I hope so – it will be straight to the top of my reading pile. Definitely it is one of my top 5 reads for 2019. – Jane, NSW, 5 stars

This novel is a well paced story driven by one womans desire to LIVE her life instead of plodding through it! The main character, grace, grows and changes as the difficulties that face her increase. She becomes courageous and brave standing up to her problems. I loved the story for its realism and for graces strength. Compelling and well written. – Kristy, NSW, 4 stars

The Paris Model is filled with intrigue and secrets (some of which actually happened to the real Grace). I found the story quite interesting and couldn’t wait to find out what would eventuate. The characters were mostly relatable and it was excellently written, holding my interest right till the end. Grace was rather impetuous, she thought she knew everything when she discovered (part of) her origins, but she’d gotten some things extremely wrong. I found that a bit like a soap opera, but the engaging writing made it much more believable. I was frustrated with Graces’ impulsive assumptions at times, but what an adventure they took her on! Phillippe with his double life (in more ways than one) and his mysterious “father” add to all the crossed wires, but thankfully it’s all untangled in the end – Ayesha, NSW, 4 stars

The Paris Model, written by Alexandra Joel is a beautiful novel which follows the life of Grace Woods as she embarks on a journey from a remote sheep station in Australia to post-war Paris working as a mannequin model for the house of Christian Dior. Inspired by real people and events and filled with references to several historical figures including Edith Piaf, Monet and the delightful Julia Child, this is a fast-paced story of love, loss, family secrets, courage, liberation, politics and identity. Alexandra’s long-term fascination with fashion and art, history and politics, along with a fondness of the ‘City of Lights’ is evident in the attention to detail in her writing. It was with her ability to build a narrative with thousands of tiny details, putting the reader at the centre of each moment alongside Grace, that the power and meaning of the story emerged. Impossible to put down, the perfect combination of drama and mystery. Thank you to Better Reading and HarperCollins Publishers Australia for this advanced copy. – Kate, VIC, 4 stars

A story about a hard working aussie country girl, Grace Woods that turns into a glamorous mannequin/model for Christian Dior in the city of love, Paris. If you like historical fiction with some romance, espionage, family secrets, name dropping and of course the catwalk for the rich and famous, ‘The Paris Model’ is for you. I did enjoy reading Alexandra Joel’s debut novel based in Australia and Paris. I thought it was well written and it kept me reading to see what will happen to Grace especially after the war. The story was predictable but of course I had to keep reading. I loved the name dropping of people she met in Paris who now are worldwide names. Great to see a new Australian author. – Maria, SA, 3 stars

The Paris Model is a gorgeous entwining of Grace Woods’ life in both outback Australia and life in Paris. Reading the blurb, it is hard to imagine an Australian sheep farmer modelling for Christian Dior in Post-war France. However, Alexandra Joel creates a beautiful read with unexpected plot twists making it difficult to put this historical fiction down. As Grace seeks to learn her identity, her courage and resilience has the reader willing her to triumph with each new challenge. Expect numerous late nights with this engaging read. The novel has a perfect mix of Australiana, France, drama, mystery and romance. As an avid reader of historical fiction, the ‘Author’s Note’ about Christian Dior’s sister and her internment in Ravensbruck concentration camp for resistance activities was a catalyst for intriguing research. I’m sure The Paris Model will be appreciated by readers on an international scale. – Jodie, NSW, 5 stars

The Paris Model is a beautiful love story across two continents, and different lives. The beautiful Grace a country girl from outback Australia finds herself dreaming of escaping family secrets and living a glamorous life in Paris. Will Grace find the love she’s yearning for and her long lost father figure before it’s too late? – Deanne, VIC, 4 stars

Alexandra Joel takes her readers from the serenity and isolation of the Australian outback to the catwalks of Christian Dior in Paris and the tranquillity of the French countryside. Through a young Grace Woods we experience the isolation of a country wheat and sheep farm. Grace loves the farm but she also loves her visits to Sydney to visit close family friend Rueben and Rueben will become an integral part of Grace’s life. Grace’s whole life seems to be mapped out; marriage to her childhood sweetheart, children and a life on the farm. Grace feels that there should be more to life but this is what is expected of her so she goes along submissively. However a chance visit by fashion designer Christian Dior to Sydney where Grace lands a job as a mannequin sees her flying to Paris to be employed as a Dior model. Grace was quite a flighty character and whenever she was confronted with any sort of conflict she would run rather than wait for an explanation. **Redacted due to potential spoilers**  Joel includes events from WWII with Australian’s enlisting to fight in Britain and then the political unrest in France where Grace finds herself in a life and death situation. The Paris Model is fast paced and Joel packs a lot of story into this book so it never bogs down and although some of the plot is a little too convenient I was swept away by Grace’s story and taken to another place and another time. – Veronica, NSW, 4 stars

Wow! There are not enough superlatives to convey how much I loved reading this book. There were so many well-hidden twists and turns. It was the most enjoyable book I have read in a long time. I can highly recommend! – Amanda, QLD, 5 stars

The Paris Model was a good holiday read for me. However, the exploits of Grace were very far fetched and contrived. From a young girl on a farm in rural Australia, to a married woman whose marriage was quite unbearable…to the height of fashion in Paris under Christian Dior, simply because her mother was interested in fashion magazines, was a little too unbelievable. The underlying theme of finding her true origins was, I have to admit, quite interesting and a little surprising. – Denise, NSW, 3 stars

Set in the post-war era the Paris Model is a quality piece of historical fiction that explores family secrets, political intrigue and love. Along the journey of self-discovery Grace Woods, the central character, meets a suite of historical figures; think politicians, artists, socialites and royalty. After enjoying the novel, the reader may be inspired to linger in the era a while longer by learning a bit more about these notable characters. – K, SA, 3 stars

&fell in love with her family secrets & emotions.Enjoyed the descriptions of Australian bush life & the fabulous life in Paris, I was truely living the experiences in the story. – Laraine, QLD, 5 stars

What a delightful story. Not knowing much about the fashion industry or this subject it took me a little while to place the numerous characters, but once I got into the book I was hooked and it was hard to put down. This story is based on true events, and I was surprised to see the connections between Australia and Paris with Grace who lives on a rural farm in Australia and becomes a model for Christian Dior. I think people who love historical fiction and love the fashion industry will really enjoy this book. I can’t wait to see Alexandra Joel has in store for us next, the layers wound around each other in the book and the well-defined characters means this is an author I would gladly read again. – Di, QLD, 4 stars

The Paris Model grabbed me, hauled me in and spat me out hours later, leaving me wanting more. The intriguing storyline coupled with Joel’s captivating characters and use of such richly descriptive text has resulted in a debut novel that is sure to be a best of for historical fiction in 2020. I would also not be surprised to see this adapted to the big screen in the near future. What a way to end my reading for the year, I would definitely class The Paris Model in my top 10 for 2019 and cannot wait to see what Alexandra Joel comes up with next. – Mel, NSW, 5 star

I loved the book from the first page until the end, was disappointed when it finished.I did not pick the ending but happy with the ending. – Lynette, NSW, 5 stars

What a beautiful story! I loved being transported to the streets of Paris. The descriptions created clear and vivid images in my mind. So well written. – Kay, NSW, 5 stars

I found the book a little slow to get into at first, it jumped around the different characters and places and I felt a little lost. But about 1/3 of the way in I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the descriptions of place and clothing, I felt like I was at some of the places with characters. Grace is a vibrant and independent women, who struggles through running a sheep farm in Australia before heading to Paris to work as a model. It was a beautiful account of the love of family, and the struggles of war and getting back on your feet after war. Thank you Better Reading and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read this advanced copy. – Chantelle, TAS, 4 stars

I’ve never been a very girly girl so surprised myself by not only loving The Paris Model as a story, but loving the glorious Christian Dior clothes too. Perhaps I was born in the wrong era?! After being discovered in a Christian Dior show in Sydney, Grace Woods is offered a place as a mannequin in his salon in Paris. Leaving a bad marriage and a shocking discovery behind, she accepts this post and begins a new life. In Paris she finds new friends, wonderful clothes, many famous people and a new love too. I loved the clothes and the name dropping and the whole fabulous aura of post Second World War Paris.  – Daniella, QLD, 4 stars

From snakes in outback NSW to the David Jones catwalk in Sydney to Maison Christian Dior in post-war Paris, over a few short years, life for Grace Woods changes so radically she barely knows the woman she has become. As she searches for the most important man in her life, she meets another, finding love and excitement and danger. Marvellous historical fiction from a talented Australian author. – Marianne, NSW, 4 stars

A historical fiction and then some! I love seeing real people interacting in fiction, and there were so many people I knew in this story. I loved getting to know Grace. I loved the Australian outback as much as I did the romantic of Paris. I loved that she wasn’t a perfect doll, I like to see faults in character- more relatable! Loved all the fashion and the power of forgiveness..the pages turned themselves. – Anna, NSW, 4 stars

I loved reading The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel and I was fascinated to learn that this novel is based on a true story. As we follow Grace Woods on her journey from Australia to Paris we experience complex family drama, the glamour of the fashion world, political intrigue, and romance. This remarkable story has it all and fans of historical fiction will love it. One of the things I loved most about the novel is how it weaves so many real life historical figures like Dior, Picasso, Monet and Julia Child into the narrative in a similar style to the film Midnight in Paris. It really gives an extra layer of authenticity to the story and helps the reader imagine Paris during that time. A visual story like this is perfect for adaptation to the screen with the contrasting settings between the hot, dry Australian sheep station, Brookfield, and the glamour of the elite fashion world in post-war Paris. For anyone who finds themselves occasionally daydreaming about escaping to Paris, bien sur, this novel is for you. I highly recommend this well written book, The Paris Model. It is sure to be popular with readers this year. – Vanessa, NSW, 4 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed The Paris Model. This book takes you on a journey from outback Australia to the glamorous fashion world of Paris. You cannot help being swept up in the story of Grace and the fashion empire of Dior. It’s when Grace meets the handsome Philippe that her life starts to unravel. A beautiful novel for fans of historical fiction. – Kylie, NSW, 5 stars

What can I say. Just WOW!!!! This book was a page turner from start to finish. It tells the story of one very amazing and courageous woman. The trials and tribulations that she goes through and then how everything turns out shows us that as woman we can do anything we set our minds to. I recommend this is a must read for all. – Jodie, NSW, 5 stars

I recently won a copy of The Paris model by Alexandra Joel, #BRPreview and @HarperCollinsAustralia. It is a historical fiction based on true events which occurred after World War 1 when Grace Woods decides to leave all she’s ever known living and working on a big sheep station in Australia’s unforgiving outback when her romantic notions of married life fail to live up to her expectations and an opportunity presents itself to spread her wings and work as a mannequin model for Christian Dior. She finds she’s doing well and is offered an opportunity to take a leap of faith and try her hand in the big leagues in Paris itself. This gives her opportunities which are so glamorous and beyond anything she could have ever dreamed of. In the process she discovers strengths, courage and passions she didn’t believe she’d ever know and **redacted due to potential spoilers**. It’s an absolute page turner from start to finish. It’s hard to imagine these things actually occurred. It proves the point truth is stranger than fiction. It’s my favourite read of 2019 and I’ve read some beauties this year. I strongly recommend this book to anyone as I believe everyone would enjoy it – Janet, NSW, 5 stars

This is an enjoyable historical fiction which is, rather astonishingly, based on fact. Joel has woven a strong story of romance and adventure out of those facts. This novel balances both personal and public concerns very well. Grace has many problems to solve in her personal life, but is also drawn into some which could affect entire nations. It is surprisingly believable that a girl from outback Australia could find herself in this position; Joel’s writing is convincing, and at no point did I find myself sceptical. Well, that’s not quite true. There’s a lot of name dropping in this novel. It’s quite probable that all of those (now) famous people would have been moving in the same sorts of circles. Nevertheless, it did at times seem to be laid on a little thick. In all other regards, Joel hits her mark. Joel makes the astonishing plot entirely credible. The characters are believable. Grace in particular will engage many readers. Joel also nails a strong sense of time. The sense of place is a little less vivid, but not enough to be problematic. This is entertaining, charming, and very interesting. I liked it. – Lorraine, ACT, 4 stars

Alexandra Joel’s experience in both fashion magazine editorial and non-fiction fashion focussed books is evident in the attention to detail and visual descriptions throughout The Paris Model. The storyline is fast paced, and the people and places woven into it are well researched and true to type. However, for me, the first 3/4 of the book read like a script, as though this novel has been written with the intention of it being optioned for a movie or TV series. At times it was though Joel had a list of events she was working through and ticking off rather than allowing for the story to develop organically. The inclusion of some well know historical figures also grated; while Grace certainly would have met some individuals while working at Dior, others were too much in the way of name dropping and simply there to provide a moment of surprise and recognition when an adaptation occurs. The final section of the book does go some way to redeeming the whole work for me. More inwardly focussing on Grace’s personal choices and allowing an insight into her personality, I finally had empathy for the main character and was hungry to finish The Paris Model to discover where Grace’s story would end. – Angela, VIC, 4 stars

The Paris Model is a wonderfully written historical romance adventure, inspired by a true story. It has drama, excitement, love, secrets, loss and sacrifice. It’s also about finding out who you really are. It’s 1948, Grace Woods is living life on an Australian Sheep station in Brookfield and when an opportunity arises she finds herself travelling to post-war Paris to take on a position as a mannequin for Christian Dior and to also search for her uncle Siddy, missing presumed dead since the war but Grace believes in her heart he is still out there somewhere. The plot was fast paced filled with drama and mystery, I found it so intriguing, there were so many twists and turns, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough or put it down! The book was surprisingly more than I expected and a highly recommended read. – Gloria, SA, 5 stars

A beautiful and bewitching story of fashion, family and France made even better when the author’s note identified that much of it was inspired by real life events. I enjoyed the character of Grace and the way her story evolved throughout the book. Her resilience was often tested and each time she came out stronger for it. Her family ties helped the story move and the last few chapters tired up the loose ends well. Knowing that some of the story was inspired by real events added authenticity to the plot and the flashbacks strengthened the story. Definitely a story I’ll be sharing with friends and family. – Jodie, WA, 4 stars

The Paris Model sees Grace move from an Australian sheep farm to the glitz and glamour of Christian Dior in Paris. The story was well written and I loved how it incorporated real celebrities and historical icons into the story. I really enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns and was happy with the ending in that it tied up the storyline just nicely. 4 stars – Natalie, NSW, 4 stars

Fans of historical romances, will enjoy this novel. Light and easy to read, Paris Model is the story of plucky Grace, who goes from sheep farm to the fashion capital of the world. Like Forrest Gump, she meets everyone who was anyone in post war Paris, finding love, danger and adventure along the way. I definitely enjoyed this more than I expected – Juanita, NSW, 5 stars

I love historical fiction but I’m really sorry to say I am struggling to finish up this book. Grace moves to Paris leaving his marriage with childhood sweetheart. While she becomes a mannequin girl for house of Christian Dior, she involves with Phillipe which brings a twist within the story. While the beginning of the story is pretty slow for me, it picked up my interest after I reached half of the book. The ending is wrapped beautifully. Thanks to Better Reading Preview and Harper Collins Publishers for an advanced copy of the book. – Vivi, NSW, 3 stars

The Paris Model I love reading historical fiction and this book was sooo good I could not put it down. The fact that is was inspired by actual events and people made it even more readable. It is set just before World War II in country Australia and provides an enlightening insight into the issues women faced running farms while the men were at war. It also touches on the effects the war had on men returning to life on the farm. Grace marries her childhood sweetheart but he is not the same man when he returns home from war service. A family secret unravels which makes Grace flee Australia to Paris. The story shows how Grace transforms herself from an Australian country girl to become a high fashion Christian Dior model in Paris. Post war Paris sees Grace become involved in local politics through her lover and this is where the story becomes really dramatic. The setting, the fashion, the politics and the celebrities make for a great read. Thank you to Better Reading Review and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review a preview copy of this book. – Karyn, ACT, 5 stars

Wow! What a book! I love historical fiction and this was like none that I’ve read before. The unique settings of Australian farm land contrasted beautifully to the high fashion world of Paris with a story to match. It started as a simply lovely read, which I was thoroughly enjoying then took a very unexpected and exciting turn. This story had so many layers that were pieced together with the precision of a master story teller. The attention to detail was outstanding with such an insightful view into the world of fashion and french culture. There was so much packed into this novel and it was such a pleasure to unpack it all as I turned the pages. A simply stunning read. – Belinda, VIC, 5 stars

This book has it all from espionage love and terrible family secrets Grace Woods travels from her home in our back australia to the glitz and glamor of Paris France becoming a mannequin for Christian Dior throughly enjoyed this book – Devorah, NSW, 5 stars

Très intéressant. We get a glimpse at working as a mannequin for one of Paris’ major haute couture establishments. Secrets, lies, espionage and love. Fans of fashion and its history will enjoy reading The Paris Model. – Anne, NSW, 3 stars

The Paris Model follows Grace during her transformation from Australian country girl to the glamourous mannequin of the title and beyond. Set largely in post-war Paris, the book is a combination of family saga, romance, espionage and an, albeit fairly superficial, examination of French society in the years immediately following World War Two. While some of the novel’s politics, sexual and otherwise, may prove divisive, the scenes set within the fabled House of Dior are a delight. Ms. Joel’s background, as the former editor of the Australian edition of Harper’s Bazaar, along with her obvious love of a good frock, serve her well in bringing this slice of high society to life. Despite being ‘inspired by real people and events’ the plot is pure escapism. The interesting setting, glorious fashions and fast paced storyline make The Paris Model the perfect summer read for lovers of fashion and anyone yearning for a little Parisian style with their morning café au lait. Thank you to Harper Collins and Better Reading for giving me the opportunity to review a preview copy of this book. – Kendall, NSW, 3 stars

A fabulous historical read . Thoroughly enjoyed every page – Sally, VIC, 5 stars

Oh wow loved this book my kind of story. Had to read the whole way through found hard to put down. I loved all the characters but liked the main one most. Grace the main character was so strong willed and knew what she wanted and dreamed for and went for it no matter what. I love how her life turned out made me so happy it was a lovely ending and yes I know it was based on actual people. I can’t wait to read again. 😉 – Beth, TAS, 5 stars

It took me a few chapters to get into this book but once I did, I really enjoyed it. However, there was a few points in this book that annoyed me such as the excessive amount of characters, even if just mentioned by name. It was really hard to keep track of who was who by the end of the book. But overall, very enjoyable – Kirstie, WA, 4 stars

From the hot outback to haute couture, haute cuisine and high political intrigue. Alexandra Joel’s ‘The Paris Model’ is not just highly entertaining, it’s laden with articulate and evocative descriptions. It delves into the mysteries wrought by **redacted due to potential spoilers**. Raised on a sheep and wheat station Grace Woods is held back from boarding school by her mother in the hope of matchmaking her with childhood friend Jack Osbourne, son of the wealthiest grazier in the area. A French tutor is employed, instilling a passion for France and fashion and bestowing her charge with the French moniker Mlle Dubois. One of the first life lessons young Grace learnt from Mademoiselle Elise is the story of charred tarte tatin, that out out disaster something splendid can be produced. Family friend Siddy dotes on Grace and inspires an enthusiam for classical music. But when war breaks out both these men in her life enlist to serve King and country. Grace is envious of their escape to adventure however only one returns from the conflict, the other is missing in action. Offered the opportunity to become a Christian Dior mannequin in post-war Paris is a temptation too great to refuse. Unfortunately Grace’s passport application leads her to question **redacted due to potential spoilers**. Leaving Australia behind, her life in the city of light sparkles, rubbing elegant shoulders with notables such as Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and Edith Piaf. She has a friendship with Jacqueline Bouvier and canapes with Julia Child. Grace’s beauty is alluring but she steadfastly avoids romantic entanglements. A French Security Service agent uses his connections to attempt to discern the fate or whereabouts of Grace’s cherished MIA, **redacted due to potential spoilers**. The stakes are high politically but more so personally. Will the burnt apple pastry analogy serve it’s purpose? – Anita, QLD, 5 stars

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading an Advanced Reading Copy of The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel. This was an easy read which flowed well. Starting on a property in Australia and coming full circle to finishing back in Australia, this novel takes us on quite an adventure. We get an insight into post war Paris with spies, assassinations, haute couture and world famous people all wrapped up in a love story. As I read, I really did think about the saying ‘more was less’ as anything and anyone of interest in this timeframe was added. The use of French language, which I skipped over, was lost on me but did add to the Paris setting. Predictable in it’s outcome, I enjoyed The Paris Model. – Andrew, ACT, 4 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Paris Model’. An interesting story with a protagonist that was easy to connect with, a plot with enough twists to keep it interesting, and a setting skilfully brought to life. And if some of the occurrences in this book required a fair amount of suspension of disbelief, still ‘The Paris Model’ is that rare kind of book that lets you shrug off your questions thanks to its well written, enjoyable storyline. – Dominique, SA, 4 stars

What can I say, I absolutely loved The Paris Model. Shrouded in mystery, you are thrown into Grace Wood’s life in outback Australia, only to be transported to the height of fashion in post-war Paris. The juxtaposition of her life and the people she meets keeps you reading until the very end. Inspired by a true story, Alexandra Joel’s book is both romantic without sugar coating the realities of life for that period. Secrets, overseas adventures and family make The Paris Model a book that is hard to put down. – Wendy, VIC, 5 stars

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            The Paris Model
            Alexandra Joel
            True Story
            20 January, 2020


            Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself ... A stunning novel of love, betrayal and family secrets for all fans of Fiona McIntosh and Natasha Lester.After a shocking discovery, Grace Woods leaves her vast Australian sheep station and travels to tumultuous post-war Paris in order to find her true identity.While working as a mannequin for Christian Dior, the world's newly acclaimed emperor of fashion, Grace mixes with counts and princesses, authors and artists, diplomats and politicians.But when Grace falls for handsome Philippe Boyer she doesn't know that he is leading a double life, nor that his past might inflict devastating consequences upon her. As she is drawn into Philippe's dangerous world of international espionage, Grace discovers both the shattering truth of her origins – and that her life is in peril.Inspired by an astonishing true story, The Paris Model is a tale of glamour, family secrets and heartbreak that takes you from the rolling plains of country Australia to the elegant salons of Paris.
            Alexandra Joel
            About the author

            Alexandra Joel

            Alexandra Joel is the author of Parade: the Story of Fashion in Australia, a social history detailing the development of fashion, style and national identity. She is a former editor of the Australian edition of the international magazine Harper's Bazaar, and of Portfolio, Australia's first magazine for working women. She has also been a regular contributor of feature articles, interviews and reviews to a number of national and metropolitan publications including The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine.More recently, Alexandra has been a practising counsellor and psychotherapist. She is an honours graduate from the University of Sydney and has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.

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