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In 1920s Paris, a young woman will lose everything… and finally discover what truly matters most. Tatiana Vytenis has worked hard to leave her past behind. Once a ruined Russian princess in hiding, she is now a sought-after model and engaged to Gérard de Sainte-Vierge – a handsome, if occasionally overbearing, aristocrat. With the Sainte-Vierge heirloom ruby sparkling on In 1920s Paris, a young woman will lose everything… and finally discover what truly matters most. Tatiana Vytenis has worked hard to leave her past behind. Once a ruined Russian princess in hiding, she is now a sought-after model and engaged to Gérard de Sainte-Vierge – a handsome, if occasionally overbearing, aristocrat. With the Sainte-Vierge heirloom ruby sparkling on her finger, Tatiana feels as though she should be happy. Not long ago she was penniless and now she’s about to become a marquise. But fate still has a final hand to play. One night in a bohemian café in Montparnasse, Tatiana discovers she’s been the unknowing plaything of the Sainte-Vierge family. Hidden beneath their genteel exteriors, Gerard and his brother have a secret darker side, and her darling fiancé will gladly ruin Tatiana’s life to save his own reputation. As Tatiana’s situation becomes ever more desperate, she crosses paths with an unlikely guardian angel. Regan Dortmeyer is an American in Paris – a war photographer running from his own hard knocks in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. He’s no fancy French nobleman, but Regan has seen the lengths to which a wicked man like Gerard will go. As the consequences of her disastrous engagement threaten to swallow Tatiana up, he might be the only one who can save her now… From the USA Today bestselling author of The Milliner’s Secret, The Paris Girl is a beautiful novel full of twists and turns, set against the breathtaking backdrop of 1920s Paris. Perfect for fans of Chanel Cleeton, Kathleen Tessaro and The Alice Network . What readers are saying about Natalie Meg Evans: ‘This is the first book I've read by Natalie Meg Evans, it won't be the last… Such a good story with a wonderful plot… one of the best love stories I've read in a while. It's dramatic, passionate, loving, sweet and honest… The emotion she conjures up is phenomenal.’ Jthbooks, 5 stars 'Wow, wow, wow is all I can say… tense and the surprises just kept on coming… This is Natalie Meg Evans writing at her very best… That ending though, that very last line god it tore at my heart… The words ‘mind blowing twist’ come to mind.’ Shaz’s Book Blog, 5 stars 'Natalie's books are a treasure trove of vibrant, vivid stories, memorable characters and pacy writing!’ Tracy Rees, bestselling author of The Hourglass 'Another awesome book from Natalie Meg Evans! Love, love, love this author! A journey that will pull your heartstrings and leave a lasting impression.’ Nik Book Lover ‘I absolutely adored this beautiful book. The author's writing is a treat to the senses, bringing scenes alive with her stunning prose. Highly recommend this colourful, poignant tale to everyone!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 Stars ‘It's full of mystery and intrigue, and the characters will surprise you time after time.’ Goodreads 'Wow! This was my first time reading this author and this book was so good.


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In 1920s Paris, a young woman will lose everything… and finally discover what truly matters most. Tatiana Vytenis has worked hard to leave her past behind. Once a ruined Russian princess in hiding, she is now a sought-after model and engaged to Gérard de Sainte-Vierge – a handsome, if occasionally overbearing, aristocrat. With the Sainte-Vierge heirloom ruby sparkling on In 1920s Paris, a young woman will lose everything… and finally discover what truly matters most. Tatiana Vytenis has worked hard to leave her past behind. Once a ruined Russian princess in hiding, she is now a sought-after model and engaged to Gérard de Sainte-Vierge – a handsome, if occasionally overbearing, aristocrat. With the Sainte-Vierge heirloom ruby sparkling on her finger, Tatiana feels as though she should be happy. Not long ago she was penniless and now she’s about to become a marquise. But fate still has a final hand to play. One night in a bohemian café in Montparnasse, Tatiana discovers she’s been the unknowing plaything of the Sainte-Vierge family. Hidden beneath their genteel exteriors, Gerard and his brother have a secret darker side, and her darling fiancé will gladly ruin Tatiana’s life to save his own reputation. As Tatiana’s situation becomes ever more desperate, she crosses paths with an unlikely guardian angel. Regan Dortmeyer is an American in Paris – a war photographer running from his own hard knocks in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. He’s no fancy French nobleman, but Regan has seen the lengths to which a wicked man like Gerard will go. As the consequences of her disastrous engagement threaten to swallow Tatiana up, he might be the only one who can save her now… From the USA Today bestselling author of The Milliner’s Secret, The Paris Girl is a beautiful novel full of twists and turns, set against the breathtaking backdrop of 1920s Paris. Perfect for fans of Chanel Cleeton, Kathleen Tessaro and The Alice Network . What readers are saying about Natalie Meg Evans: ‘This is the first book I've read by Natalie Meg Evans, it won't be the last… Such a good story with a wonderful plot… one of the best love stories I've read in a while. It's dramatic, passionate, loving, sweet and honest… The emotion she conjures up is phenomenal.’ Jthbooks, 5 stars 'Wow, wow, wow is all I can say… tense and the surprises just kept on coming… This is Natalie Meg Evans writing at her very best… That ending though, that very last line god it tore at my heart… The words ‘mind blowing twist’ come to mind.’ Shaz’s Book Blog, 5 stars 'Natalie's books are a treasure trove of vibrant, vivid stories, memorable characters and pacy writing!’ Tracy Rees, bestselling author of The Hourglass 'Another awesome book from Natalie Meg Evans! Love, love, love this author! A journey that will pull your heartstrings and leave a lasting impression.’ Nik Book Lover ‘I absolutely adored this beautiful book. The author's writing is a treat to the senses, bringing scenes alive with her stunning prose. Highly recommend this colourful, poignant tale to everyone!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 Stars ‘It's full of mystery and intrigue, and the characters will surprise you time after time.’ Goodreads 'Wow! This was my first time reading this author and this book was so good.

30 review for The Paris Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    June

    As someone with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian literature, I have notes: + Russian female patronymics end in -ovna or -evna; the book's use of "Irina Petrova Vytenis" and "Tatiana Ulianova Vytenis" is just plain wrong. + Vytenis is a Lithuanian men's first name, not a Russian nobility surname. + The nickname for Tatiana is Tanya, not Tatya. + Ulian is an uncommon first name, and less likely for a member of the nobility. + Russian noblewomen had their father's rank (princess, countess As someone with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian literature, I have notes: + Russian female patronymics end in -ovna or -evna; the book's use of "Irina Petrova Vytenis" and "Tatiana Ulianova Vytenis" is just plain wrong. + Vytenis is a Lithuanian men's first name, not a Russian nobility surname. + The nickname for Tatiana is Tanya, not Tatya. + Ulian is an uncommon first name, and less likely for a member of the nobility. + Russian noblewomen had their father's rank (princess, countess, baroness, or untitled noble) until marriage, and then their husband's after that (even if widowed). So Katya would have lost her status upon marrying Harry even if the October (November, N.S.) Revolution in 1917 had not abolished all ranks of nobility. + Rosa Konstantiva should be Roza Konstantinova (although this is an assumed name of a non-Russian, so the mistake is less egregious.) + Russian Orthodox Christmas was, and still is, celebrated on January 7. + Monasteries as women's prisons began long before the Bolsheviks. OK, about the book: I liked the hero; the heroine, always throwing things, was a bit less likeable, and it was hard to understand the attraction between them sometimes. The number of villains and crooks among their acquaintance was rather depressing. But the fashion aspect and the author's deep knowledge of Paris were fun and lightened the mood. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Tatiana Vytenis has escaped a difficult past. She started off living the life as a Russian princess. However, her life was ruined and she had gone into hiding. She revived herself and because a model that everyone wanted. Meanwhile she was happily engaged to an aristocrat, Gérard de Sainte-Vierge, but then her life suddenly unravels. First of all, Gérard's brother creates an incredible problem for Tatiana. Thus begins her whirlwind of unhappiness. Then something even more tragic occurs and she re Tatiana Vytenis has escaped a difficult past. She started off living the life as a Russian princess. However, her life was ruined and she had gone into hiding. She revived herself and because a model that everyone wanted. Meanwhile she was happily engaged to an aristocrat, Gérard de Sainte-Vierge, but then her life suddenly unravels. First of all, Gérard's brother creates an incredible problem for Tatiana. Thus begins her whirlwind of unhappiness. Then something even more tragic occurs and she really finds out Gérard's true nature. He completely forsakes Tatiana and her life all but comes to an end. Any happiness she thought she finally attained is well and truly ruined. Meeting Regan Dortmeyer, a photographer she worked with while modeling, might just be the best thing ever to happen to Tatiana, even if it takes her a while to realize it. Tatiana experiences unspeakable trials in this incredibly touching tale. In The Paris Girl, the timing, 1920s Paris, was a very good time-period and setting for this gorgeous novel. I felt for Tatiana the entire way through. I couldn't help but impressed by her strength and resilience. Also, I was so very happy every time Regan appeared on the page. Kudos to Natalie Meg Evans. This is my first book by her and I was kept interested throughout. I look forward to reading more by her in the future. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Novel set in 1920's PARIS Life has not been easy for Tatiana Vyentis, a Russian princess who has had to flee her native land, following the murder of her father. But 1920’s Paris offers Tatiana and her family the opportunity to start again. Her sister, Katya, makes a successful marriage and has worked ceaselessly to develop an even more successful fashion house and Tatiana herself has become one of the most sought-after models of the day. She has also got herself engaged to Gerard de Sainte-Vierg Novel set in 1920's PARIS Life has not been easy for Tatiana Vyentis, a Russian princess who has had to flee her native land, following the murder of her father. But 1920’s Paris offers Tatiana and her family the opportunity to start again. Her sister, Katya, makes a successful marriage and has worked ceaselessly to develop an even more successful fashion house and Tatiana herself has become one of the most sought-after models of the day. She has also got herself engaged to Gerard de Sainte-Vierge, a handsome, if somewhat arrogant, aristocrat. Everything in Tatiana’s future looks rosy – she’s about to become a marquise and need never worry about poverty again. But one fateful night in Montmartre, Gerard’s brother, Armand, damaged as a result of his wartime experience, assaults Tatiana and her life begins a downward spiral. Soon it becomes apparent that she has been used by the Sainte-Vierge family and that Gerard is prepared to sacrifice her to save his own reputation. Then on to centre stage steps serious, down-at-heel American photographer, Regan Dortmeyer who has, to date, formed no good opinion of the spoiled Tatiana, but fate seems to ensure that he’s always around when she’s at her most vulnerable and further that he’s destined to be her saviour. Set in 1920’s Paris, this latest offering from Natalie Meg Evans recreates 1920’s Paris with astonishing precision. Reading the novel is almost like taking a long walk through Parisian streets, spotting famous landmarks as you go. The period is immaculately researched and we are given an intriguing glimpse into the 1920’s Paris world of fashion and glamour, correct in every detail from fabric and design down to accessories and even cigarette holders. It would be worth reading this novel for setting alone, but the characters are also wonderfully crafted. These are fully rounded characters for the most part, who have likeable qualities as well as failings and who develop as the novel progresses; Tatiana, faced with the worst of fates, gradually grows from a spoiled princess into a more thoughtful and considerate woman. Secretly, however, I took the greatest pleasure from the worst characters here – Natalie Meg Evans does them so well. Is there anything more delicious than a despicable cad? Despite all this, it wouldn’t be a good book without a good story and this is nothing short of a rattling good tale, with plenty of surprises on the way. It’s well paced too, with sections that have the reader almost holding their breath as they turn the pages, desperate to discover the outcome, interspersed with quieter more reflective sections, including atmospheric descriptions of Paris, often seen through Dortmeyer’s camera lens. All the ingredients for a perfect novel are here. I hadn’t read anything by Natalie Meg Evans before but I’m off to do so now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Garabrandt

     There was a great amount of interesting pieces here.  I loved the descriptions of the dresses, the places, Regan's photography.  I found all those pieces utterly charming, and actually wish there was a bit more of that here.  The premise was extremely interesting- when you had your security stolen from you and your family at an early age, what would you do to gain it back?  Would you link yourself to a man that could keep you safe?  What would you do to keep him?  While I didn't agree with mos  There was a great amount of interesting pieces here.  I loved the descriptions of the dresses, the places, Regan's photography.  I found all those pieces utterly charming, and actually wish there was a bit more of that here.  The premise was extremely interesting- when you had your security stolen from you and your family at an early age, what would you do to gain it back?  Would you link yourself to a man that could keep you safe?  What would you do to keep him?  While I didn't agree with most of what Tatiana did, I can see where she was coming from.... where the fear stemmed from.           I have to say, I liked the side characters better than the main.  Una was incredibly interesting to me, and I adored Katya.  Regan was also a great character.  He was strong, with a lot of compassion and loyalty, but also a lot of pride.  I loved how he interacted with the other characters, and how he treated Tatiana.  There was a good amount drama and mystery here- both with Katya's side mission and with Tatiana's memories.  For me, this was a three and a half star book.          On the adult content scale, there was language, substance abuse, sexual content and violence.  I would give it a six.      I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Bookouture for the price of an honest review.  My thanks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    A Russion model with a past, a Marqius with a dreadful family, a vicious brother and a photographer. Set against the background of 1920's Paris this novel should have everything going for it. And sometimes it does. At other times I found I lost interest. The intensity outdid itself, the frenetic pace exhausted me. A Bookoutre ARC via NetGalley A Russion model with a past, a Marqius with a dreadful family, a vicious brother and a photographer. Set against the background of 1920's Paris this novel should have everything going for it. And sometimes it does. At other times I found I lost interest. The intensity outdid itself, the frenetic pace exhausted me. A Bookoutre ARC via NetGalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    I was several chapters in to Natalie Meg Evans new book The Paris Girl, set in 1920's Paris, before I realised it was a continuation of sorts from her previous book The Secret Vow. It was only as the name of one of the characters husband was mentioned that it struck me as being familiar, then I went back and checked and I was right. Even if this had not been a follow on book I would have read it regardless because I have loved all the authors previous books. But I was even more eager to read it I was several chapters in to Natalie Meg Evans new book The Paris Girl, set in 1920's Paris, before I realised it was a continuation of sorts from her previous book The Secret Vow. It was only as the name of one of the characters husband was mentioned that it struck me as being familiar, then I went back and checked and I was right. Even if this had not been a follow on book I would have read it regardless because I have loved all the authors previous books. But I was even more eager to read it as The Secret Vow had ended on a real cliff hanger which definitely left room for a further story featuring the same characters. Said cliff hanger meant that closure needed to be found and I was keen to see how this would come about in this new story even if it would happen at all. All that said you could easily read this as a standalone book as the story shifts more of a focus onto the youngest daughter Tatiana. You won't be missing out on what has previously happened as there is plenty of back story supplied to bring new readers up to date. But as I had already read about these characters I felt I had a real good understanding of where they are coming from, what they have been through and what was ahead for them. This is a heart wrenching love story with Tatiana at its centre and although I didn't think it was filled with as many twists and turns as the previous book it still held my attention throughout due to the complex nature of Tatiana and all the devestating hardships she was experiencing. Paris, May 1922 and Princess Tatiana Vytenis and her family have been in exile from Russia for several years. They have attempted to make a new life for themselves with a modest degree of success on which they are continuing to build. Katya, another sister, is now married to Harry and has shares in the couture house - Maison Javier. Designing is her passion but she also harbours a deep longing to become a mother. She is haunted by her last days in Russia and the subsequent journey which saw her family eventually find a home in Paris. Their father is gone but Katya feels like her sister Vera could still be alive despite her last known whereabouts and what she might have endured. Katya takes more of a back seat in this book although there are some chapters told from herself and Harry's perspective which offer an insight as to what they are attempting to do. If successful the results of their journey could change everything. Instead attention shifts to the youngest of the family, Tatiana, and honestly she was a character very hard to like at times. She came across as spoilt and selfish and that she expected the world to fall at her feet without experiencing much hardship. It's only as we delve further into the book that the reasons for her behaviour and the way she acts when it comes to matters of the heart make themselves much clearer. It was only then that I started to feel an ounce of sympathy for her. It's when she opened up about events of the past which changed the families lives forever that things became crystal clear. That here was a young woman scarred by events and things that had been said to her. This resulted in Tatiana constantly searching for reassurance and love and when it wasn't being returned she went a bit off the rails and needed bringing back to her senses. Her past experiences meant she was fairly messed up emotionally. There were times where she showed a vulnerable side and just wanted someone to scoop her up into their arms and care for her, but when she was feeling stronger and her senses were more together she was a force to be reckoned with. She was definitely a character who had two very different sides to her personality and as the different sides emerged my opinion of her swayed back and forth. Tatiana works as a mannequin at the house of Javier, in which her sister has a stake. She models all the latest looks from the new collections alongside several other girls. Her partner, Gerard de Sainte Vierge, has just proposed marriage and she has gladly accepted believing her fortunes will change and that becoming a French noble woman will absolve her of having to make something of her life on her own. No one seems overly enamoured with news of the engagement and her fellow models and best friend Constanza don't seem to be cheering her on at this match supposedly made in heaven. From the outset there was just something distinctly fishy about the whole thing. That Tatiana was so keen to get the marriage signed, sealed and delivered as soon as possible. But why? Why was Gerard acting so cold and aloof considering he had just made the biggest profession of love for Tatiana by placing the family ring on her finger despite protestations from his mother. I had my suspicions about certain characters and some elements of what I believed proved to be true where as with regard to others I was completely off track and was surprised at the eventual outcome with regard to certain strands of the story. Perhaps the creepiest character of all was Armand, the brother of Gerard. Whenever he featured there was such a menacing, sinister and evil tone dripping from the pages. Tatiana felt very uneasy around him and she had good reason to. It was almost like he was a stalker, who knew all of her movements and kept pressing his 'love and attention' on her with the most disastrous of consequences which really set the tone for the remainder of the book. Tatiana's connection to the de Sainte Vierge family was the catalyst for all the themes being explored in the book. What she went through affected every aspect of her life and in some ways hardened her to certain things but then when that veneer slipped and we saw deep down to the real Tatiana that she was attempting to keep suppressed only then did an entirely new strand of the story opened up. Tatiana needed to seek revenge but in a dignified manner as she realised she was just a pawn in a much bigger game. I loved how characters from the previous book made reappearances and this time around even featured more heavily. Úna McBride being one of them. She is attempting to make it big in writing and reporting on the fashion industry in Paris but has never really struck gold. She seemed to be a woman ahead of her time and I thought she really looked out for Tatiana when she placed herself in peril or just seemed to lose track of herself big time as Tatiana could be wild and unstable and very difficult to handle. Úna provides the introduction of American photographer Regan Dortmeyer, who is not long in the city and has been sent to capture The Eternal Romance of Paris for an American magazine. He too has his own history but I thought he was a brilliantly written character. The complete opposite to Gerard and perhaps a better fit for Tatiana even though they often rubbed each other up the wrong way. I loved all the back and forth jibes that ensued and the reader could see sparks glowing between them. But there was a bigger picture to look at and various elements that needed to be quashed before new strings could be sewn back together. Towards the end the pace really began to pick up and fears grew for Tatiana becoming completely swallowed up in what she had unwittingly become embroiled with. It all boils down to the deep insecurities and lack of faith in herself that she has gone down this path. Will it be too late to save her? Can Regan and her friends rally round? Will Tatiana's family ever be whole again? The Secret Vow slightly edges out The Paris Girl for me but I still really enjoyed Tatiana's story. It definitely needed to be told and still there are two questions I would really like the answers to so I hope there will be a continuation in the form of a short story because a full length book might be over stretching things slightly. The Paris Girl is well worth a read. It's packed full of tension, suspicion, unease and unrest and you'll soon readily lose yourself in discovering the truth behind so many façades. Tatiana will be a character you love to hate but ultimately she will win you over, just like her story did with me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Can we please all first just take a moment to admire the stunning cover of this book? Right … done? We can move on then … Born into Russian royalty, Tatiana Vytenis and her family are forced to flee their homeland. Together with her mother, sister, brother-in-law and young niece she has made a life for herself in Paris. It’s the 1930’s and as much as she would like to, she just cannot leave behind the memories of the trauma of her past. She buries this deep within her and holds her head up high, Can we please all first just take a moment to admire the stunning cover of this book? Right … done? We can move on then … Born into Russian royalty, Tatiana Vytenis and her family are forced to flee their homeland. Together with her mother, sister, brother-in-law and young niece she has made a life for herself in Paris. It’s the 1930’s and as much as she would like to, she just cannot leave behind the memories of the trauma of her past. She buries this deep within her and holds her head up high, giving off the impression of snobbery and superiority. She becomes engaged to French aristocrat, Gérard de Sainte-Vierge, despite warnings from friends, family (both hers and his) and even mere acquaintances. But despite her regal bearing and appearance, Tatiana is in fact, naive and frighteningly immature! Unfortunately, she has very few (if any) character traits that I found endearing, and I struggled to care about what happened to her. Her sister Katya, had (as they say) ‘a head on her shoulders’ and bore the brunt of the family’s troubles. She and her husband built a solid business: a fashion house; surely not an easy thing to achieve in Paris. The descriptions of the life that went on within the walls of their little empire were fascinating! The mannequins, the styles, the fabrics, the ‘copyists’ (no smartphones, and no quick posts on Instagram!) It was all so marvelous! I know, I know – it wasn’t all as glamorous as it seems – it was hard work! But Ms Evans brought it all to life so beautifully! So too with the descriptions of that famed French disapproval – so aptly personified in Gérard’s (horrible) mother. I actually felt myself physically cringe while reading about her! She really is that awful! This is a sweeping saga, with moments that focus on the lives of people just trying to make the most of the hand they’ve been dealt, while much larger issues play out on a global stage. I did rather enjoy the peripheral characters more than the main ones – but most of these were integral to the plot, so I felt that it was fine for me to transfer my preference to them! 4 stars for this one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    J_Mc 251

    I very much enjoyed this book. I thought that most of the characters were vivid, and they were a good representation of the different types of people one would find in post-WWI Paris. The plot was not hard to follow, but readers should be aware that it is not exactly a linear read; a lot happens, and there are memories woven into current action. It is not hard to follow but could take some concentration to understand the characters’ motivations and actions. It is still a great read. For a detail I very much enjoyed this book. I thought that most of the characters were vivid, and they were a good representation of the different types of people one would find in post-WWI Paris. The plot was not hard to follow, but readers should be aware that it is not exactly a linear read; a lot happens, and there are memories woven into current action. It is not hard to follow but could take some concentration to understand the characters’ motivations and actions. It is still a great read. For a detailed review, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a complimentary, pre-release, digital ARC of this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Cris Corner

    Simply perfect I like the most is it’s a story with a speed pace that it doesn’t let you put down the book. The author describes many details of the background that it gets you feel part of the Parisian society of 1920 and belong to the fashion world of that time. Natalie Meg Evans’books don’t let me down ever, indeed, I’m looking forward to the next

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This book gives you 1920’s Paris glamour, fashion and romance. From the swish of fabric, the latest colours and the attention to detail of accessories, often seen through the eye of a photographer, the excitement and anticipation of each new collection comes to life. There is the backstage drama, the rivalry and the Paris night life, all set alongside a complex family who are struggling to come to terms with their losses in Russia after the First World War. It is not easy to like Tatiana. Her tan This book gives you 1920’s Paris glamour, fashion and romance. From the swish of fabric, the latest colours and the attention to detail of accessories, often seen through the eye of a photographer, the excitement and anticipation of each new collection comes to life. There is the backstage drama, the rivalry and the Paris night life, all set alongside a complex family who are struggling to come to terms with their losses in Russia after the First World War. It is not easy to like Tatiana. Her tantrums, her emotional outbursts and the way she treats those around her; she is the perfect spoiled princess who is determined to marry into French aristocracy in order to secure her future. Where her older sister Katya (partner at the fashion house where Tatiana is a model) is strong and makes decisions for the good of those around her, Tatiana thinks only of herself. It is when Katya leaves Paris with her husband Harry Morten, under a shroud of secrecy, that Tatiana’s life begins to crumble. Her fiancé tricks her and his actions leave her alone and vulnerable, and without Katya in control, their mother retreats into herself and the fashion house struggles with the lack of direction. Snubbed by those she called her friends, it is American photographer Regan who has a knack of always being there to help pick up the pieces for Tatiana. As disaster after disaster befalls her, she begins to change for the better, but her road to recovery is a long one and she can’t seem to help but hurt those around her. Does she have the strength to undo all the wrongs she has done? Will Katya and Harry return in time to save the family and the business? This book kept me guessing. Having enjoyed The Secret Vow, where we followed Katya, Tatiana, their mother Irina and niece Anoushka’s journey from Russia to Paris, it was good to return and catch up with them once more. If you enjoy historical fiction, this one, that opens the doors to Paris of another era, should be on your to-be-read list.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I was greatly intrigued by the synopsis for this book - a Russian Princesses now model, French noblemen (if a somewhat shady Marquis), the classic ‘American (photographer) in Paris .... it looked to have the right ingredients - all set to the backdrop of Paris 1920s - what could go wrong? There were some interesting aspects to this tale. The definite positives are the rich descriptions of place and time; the modelling scene and accompanying photography is lavish. In fact, I wish there were more o I was greatly intrigued by the synopsis for this book - a Russian Princesses now model, French noblemen (if a somewhat shady Marquis), the classic ‘American (photographer) in Paris .... it looked to have the right ingredients - all set to the backdrop of Paris 1920s - what could go wrong? There were some interesting aspects to this tale. The definite positives are the rich descriptions of place and time; the modelling scene and accompanying photography is lavish. In fact, I wish there were more of it. I did enjoy the drama, particularly surrounding the remaining two sisters and Katya’s journey. Even photojournalists from WW1 turning to shooting Parisian fashion was a worthy topic. The premise, as stated, is a worthy one, that being, when a person loses everything going from riches to rags and losing your home and family, to what extremes would you go to never feel threatened again? Would you marry a man that absolutely everyone (including me) vehemently state you shouldn’t? ‘Are you sure you want to marry into the family?’ Sadly, however, I did not like the main characters. As stated above, Katya was the exception and a few others having secondary roles. The leading man, Regan, is okay within himself, but with Tatiana being so hard to like, what on earth did he see in her? His back story and why he was in Paris was interesting. Yet this book is all about Tatiana in one sense and she is a difficult character to come to terms with even given her childhood experiences. Spoiled, unappreciative and just plain annoying - it became very difficult to feel sorry for her. All up this is a real saga of its age, rich in style and detail. With the aftermath of the war and the evolution of a range of characters, The Paris Girl will try to sweep you away along a journey of much drama and heartache. ‘Why do you love him?’ When she gave no answer, Benjy supplied his own. ‘He’s hypnotised you with his own sense of self-worth. The answer, of course, is that you don’t love him. Not truly. You need him.’ This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. It’s very striking and the colours are amazing. The book is based in Paris in the 1920’s. It follows the story of Tatiana Vytenis, a Russian princess who is in hiding. Now a model and engaged to aristocrat, Gérard de Sainte-Vierge, since Tatiana fled Russia she has literally gone from rags to riches. Unfortunately, Gérard is not all he seems and will stop at nothing to save his reputation. Carrying on from the author’s previous book, T I was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. It’s very striking and the colours are amazing. The book is based in Paris in the 1920’s. It follows the story of Tatiana Vytenis, a Russian princess who is in hiding. Now a model and engaged to aristocrat, Gérard de Sainte-Vierge, since Tatiana fled Russia she has literally gone from rags to riches. Unfortunately, Gérard is not all he seems and will stop at nothing to save his reputation. Carrying on from the author’s previous book, The Secret Vow, this book gives us an insight into not only the opulent and extravagant lifestyle of the French aristocracy at this time but the Paris fashion houses which Tatiana has become a model in. I have read the author’s previous book, The Secret Vow, and this book follows on from this. There are characters from the previous book in this story and it was nice to see some of them returning in Tatiana’s story. The location of the book is wonderfully described and as you are reading you can picture the streets of Paris, the fabulous fashion scene and the smells of the cafes and restaurants lining the Paris streets. The book doesn’t stick to one type of genre, which is great as there are different aspects for different readers. It’s a love story of sorts, with an historical saga running through it and of course the thrill and suspense of Tatiana’s relationship with Gerard and his brother, Armand. Tatiana, for me, comes across initially as maybe a bit shallow, being happy to be with Gerard for the riches and the lifestyle. Her character though definitely redeems herself when you see the person behind the mask and how strong a character she really is. The story is full of tension and suspense and I loved the thrill of the chase for revenge. The historical aspect of the story is fabulous with the locations and events being so well researched. Covering a time period which I don’t usually read, I found not just the 1920’s to be a fascinating topic, but the French aristocracy and Russian royalty to be an equally amazing topic to read. With a fast-paced storyline, lots of drama and fabulous fashions, this book is a definite read for fans of this era.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mystica

    Tatiana is from the Russian aristocracy and she seldom forgets that. Now that she has escaped the Revolution and is forced to work for a living, albeit a model in a fashion house which is a comfortable job but she seems to attract and make trouble wherever she goes. Engaged to a stuffy Frenchman Tatiana looks at Gerard her fiancee as a means to an end. To not have to work, to not have to do anything but just to live a life of comfort and idleness. (Not very likable upto now) The problem arises wi Tatiana is from the Russian aristocracy and she seldom forgets that. Now that she has escaped the Revolution and is forced to work for a living, albeit a model in a fashion house which is a comfortable job but she seems to attract and make trouble wherever she goes. Engaged to a stuffy Frenchman Tatiana looks at Gerard her fiancee as a means to an end. To not have to work, to not have to do anything but just to live a life of comfort and idleness. (Not very likable upto now) The problem arises with Gerard's brother who has an obsessive adoration of Tatiana and in one horrible incident rapes her and she becomes pregnant. Seeing the end of her dreams Tatiana is willing to do anything to continue with the facade of her marriage to Gerard which she is determined to follow through. You should feel sympathy for Tatiana for the trauma as sadly her focus was only on a good marriage and nothing else but actually I began to dislike her almost from the beginning! There are side characters in the story which add much more interest to the main, from Regan the American photographer who is aware of Tatiana's plight and is willing to help to Katya and to Una all who play pivotal roles in this story. The story of Katya and Harry trying very hard to get their sister Verna out of a Russian prison in a bribery and pay out was a story in itself. Descriptive of the workings of a fashion house, this part of the story was good and interesting. I loved the cover too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    What a saga! I loved being transported to 1920s Paris and particularly the fashion industry of that era. The descriptions were wonderful and made me want to go back in time so that I could discover Paris from a century ago. I spent a fair amount of time Googling different place names as I was reading, fascinated by the author’s descriptions. Tatiana left me so conflicted! Sometimes I felt so sorry for her, sometimes she infuriated me and sometimes I liked her, even wondering what she was up to wh What a saga! I loved being transported to 1920s Paris and particularly the fashion industry of that era. The descriptions were wonderful and made me want to go back in time so that I could discover Paris from a century ago. I spent a fair amount of time Googling different place names as I was reading, fascinated by the author’s descriptions. Tatiana left me so conflicted! Sometimes I felt so sorry for her, sometimes she infuriated me and sometimes I liked her, even wondering what she was up to when I wasn’t reading. She really was a very spoilt Russian princess who didn’t appreciate her family and friends. Katya her sister was a much nicer character, and I really liked her and her husband, worrying about them as they took themselves off on a secretive journey away from France. I loved Regan, the American photographer who kept crossing paths with Tatiana. He was such a lovely guy, but not always appreciated by Tatiana. I loved his storyline about why he was in Paris and really enjoyed reading about his efforts to capture some great photographic moments whilst in the ‘City of Light’. I recommend this one if you enjoy historical fiction especially set in Paris!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bookoholiccafe

    Tatiana, a sought-after Model in Paris is trying everything she can to leave her past as a Russian princess. And be a happy marquise who is now engaged to Gerard, an arrogant man of quality. It is time for Tatiana to feel happy and enjoy her life is still has more for her. One night in a café located in Montparnasse she finds out that Gerard and his brother have secret dark side. And she understands that Gerard will easily ruin her life to save his own reputation. Tatiana is being miserable after Tatiana, a sought-after Model in Paris is trying everything she can to leave her past as a Russian princess. And be a happy marquise who is now engaged to Gerard, an arrogant man of quality. It is time for Tatiana to feel happy and enjoy her life is still has more for her. One night in a café located in Montparnasse she finds out that Gerard and his brother have secret dark side. And she understands that Gerard will easily ruin her life to save his own reputation. Tatiana is being miserable after knowing the secrets and this is when she meets a war photographer, Regan. he is very different from her fiancé and he is probably the only one who can save her… This book is also following the same path as Natalie Meg Evans other books but with more intrigue. It has some details that as a writer I think it would have been nicer if investigated. But overall it is a good read. My thanks to NetGalley and bookouture for sending me an ARC copy. Blog:https://bookoholicscafe.blogspot.com/ Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/bookoholicc...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lee Husemann

    I really enjoyed this story that takes place in Paris in the early 1920s in the fashion industry. Tatiana Vytenis is a Russian princess who is a fashion mannequin as they were called back then. She is engaged to a real cad, Gerard de Sainte-Vierge whose brother, Armand, is in love with Tatiana. Gerard's mother does not think Tatiana is good enough for her son and she wants him to marry his rich cousin. There are lots of different story lines taking place and there are a lot of characters to keep I really enjoyed this story that takes place in Paris in the early 1920s in the fashion industry. Tatiana Vytenis is a Russian princess who is a fashion mannequin as they were called back then. She is engaged to a real cad, Gerard de Sainte-Vierge whose brother, Armand, is in love with Tatiana. Gerard's mother does not think Tatiana is good enough for her son and she wants him to marry his rich cousin. There are lots of different story lines taking place and there are a lot of characters to keep track of which made this a very interesting read. I did not like the main character, Tatiana, at all. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very interesting story of love and betrayal in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debra Schoenberger

    I admire a writer when they are able to evoke an emotional to one or more of their characters. However, in "The Paris Girl" I found it almost impossible to feel any interest in the novel's main character. In fact, I was totally annoyed with her and the plot didn't keep my attention long enough to want to finish it, which is a shame because the topic of fashion in Paris after the first world war as well as the role photojournalists played in promoting high fashion was really quite interesting. I admire a writer when they are able to evoke an emotional to one or more of their characters. However, in "The Paris Girl" I found it almost impossible to feel any interest in the novel's main character. In fact, I was totally annoyed with her and the plot didn't keep my attention long enough to want to finish it, which is a shame because the topic of fashion in Paris after the first world war as well as the role photojournalists played in promoting high fashion was really quite interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I found the twenties an interesting period to set a book in Paris and the backdrop of the fashion industry is a refreshing change from the usual wartime stories. This book has real depth of character and the twists and turns will keep you turning the page. The author has a feel for Parisian society of the time and this is a fascinating read. The reader cannot but empathise with Tatiana’s fate as she goes from rags to riches and back to rags again. The addition of an American photographer adds an I found the twenties an interesting period to set a book in Paris and the backdrop of the fashion industry is a refreshing change from the usual wartime stories. This book has real depth of character and the twists and turns will keep you turning the page. The author has a feel for Parisian society of the time and this is a fascinating read. The reader cannot but empathise with Tatiana’s fate as she goes from rags to riches and back to rags again. The addition of an American photographer adds another dimension to the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Beautiful cover.....the main character Tatiana and her mother and sister escaped Russia when the Bolsheviks killed her father. After they settled in Paris she was employed by a fashion house and became engaged to Gerard a nobleman. I love the time period and thought this would be a good book. It just did not work for me. At times it was a trashy romance and I just could not have empathy for Tatiana., 2.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Walker

    Wow! I absolutely loved it! Can’t imagine what Tatinana going through a lots but stubborn...it was excellent story and enjoyed it very much... Looking forward to read more book from this author soon... Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture And Natalie Meg Evans for the advanced copy...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Lynn Sletten

    An interesting, well-written story full of plot twists. I liked that it was set in Paris in the 1920s, definitely an interesting era for that city. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    A very compelling look into the life of a ruined Russian princess hiding in the world of fashion in 1920s Paris. Intrigue, mystery and love will keep you up late reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helen Leecy

    Well, this certainly made me step outside of my comfort zone. Not only was it a book set in the 1920s, an era which I have never read before. It was also a book set in Paris; again, I don’t think I have ever read a book set in Paris before and certainly not 1920s Paris. It was certainly a culture shock to get used to the ways of life, the terminology and even just the author’s writing style. I somehow naively expected a sort of guide to the genre. So if I came across a term that may be commonpla Well, this certainly made me step outside of my comfort zone. Not only was it a book set in the 1920s, an era which I have never read before. It was also a book set in Paris; again, I don’t think I have ever read a book set in Paris before and certainly not 1920s Paris. It was certainly a culture shock to get used to the ways of life, the terminology and even just the author’s writing style. I somehow naively expected a sort of guide to the genre. So if I came across a term that may be commonplace to the era I was expecting it to be explained. However, maybe people who read these books regularly know what things mean and don’t need them explaining to them like they are a dummy like me! So, to begin with, I did feel as if I were a bit out of my depth, however, once I got into the flow of reading I was able to go with it a little and skip over a few things that I felt I didn’t necessarily need to understand completely. I did enjoy reading about Tatiana’s life, and I did get embroiled up in the world of mannequins and 1920s Paris. There were undoubtedly more exciting parts to the book than others. Some felt longwinded and unnecessary, and others I felt more engrossed in. As the story progressed the parts that I felt absorbed in certainly outweighed the more dull parts. By the end of the book, I was quite sad to be leaving these characters behind as I’d read the book quite slowly and really felt like they’d become part of my life. I was actually quite shocked by the abrupt ending. The book had been so long, and we’d been given so much detail into everything even the minute detail of clothing that the finish left me a little deflated that it didn’t dissect how each Tatiana and Regan felt about what was happening, it just ended. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book in the end. I’m not sure I would read any more of this type of genre. I think I will leave it as a one-off. It was fascinating to see how much things have changed over the last 100 years and this is precisely why I chose this as a category for the reading challenge as we have now entered an entirely new 20s! Thanks for reading! If you want to see more of my reviews visit www.pinkanddizzy.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The Paris Girl is by Natalie Meg Evans. This is a romance set in the 1920’s in Paris. It is right after the War is over and the country is trying to rebuild even the fashion industry. Princess Titania had come to Paris with her sister, Katya, her Mother, her niece, and a maid following the brutal murder of her Father and the arrest of her sister Vera. Katya had managed to get to Vera in prison and take her little girl. Vera thought the baby was dead; but as Katya held her, she warmed up and move The Paris Girl is by Natalie Meg Evans. This is a romance set in the 1920’s in Paris. It is right after the War is over and the country is trying to rebuild even the fashion industry. Princess Titania had come to Paris with her sister, Katya, her Mother, her niece, and a maid following the brutal murder of her Father and the arrest of her sister Vera. Katya had managed to get to Vera in prison and take her little girl. Vera thought the baby was dead; but as Katya held her, she warmed up and moved. By getting her out of the prison the baby survived and was doted on by her aunts, Grandmother, and nursery maid. Katya had gone to work to support the others while her mother and Titania grieved. Finally, Titania went to work as a waitress but failed at that and by taking a letter of Katya’s took a job as a mannequin by one of the fashion houses. Titania went out on her own and left her family to deal for themselves while she fell in love with Gerard and hoped to marry him. Her romance with Gerard, her job with the Jauvier House, and working for her sister, left Titania feeling happy and safe. When she got the Spanish Flu, though, he brought her home and left her. However, when she went back to work, he acted like things were back to normal. They set a date; but she couldn’t marry him without telling him she was pregnant with his brother's baby after he raped her. Meanwhile, Katya, whose business House of Jauvier, is thriving, leaves suddenly without telling them why. She is going back to Russia to bring back her sister Vera whom they all thought was dead. This endangers her business as well as Titania’s job. There is so much more going on with the various characters in the book that you just cannot put it down for Fer of missing something as the book just comes to life and enfolds you within its pages. The book is excellent and so much fun to read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kay Hudson

    Natalie Meg Evans’ The Paris Girl is the sequel to The Secret Vow. The books follow the lives and loves of Katya and Tatiana Vytenis, born Russian princesses, refugees from the Russian revolution, now deeply involved in the fashion industry in Paris. When The Paris Girl opens, it’s 1923, Tatiana is engaged to a marquis and working as a mannequin for Maison Javier, in which Katya is a partner. But some terrible truths about her fiancé’s family send Tatiana’s life spinning in an unexpected and fri Natalie Meg Evans’ The Paris Girl is the sequel to The Secret Vow. The books follow the lives and loves of Katya and Tatiana Vytenis, born Russian princesses, refugees from the Russian revolution, now deeply involved in the fashion industry in Paris. When The Paris Girl opens, it’s 1923, Tatiana is engaged to a marquis and working as a mannequin for Maison Javier, in which Katya is a partner. But some terrible truths about her fiancé’s family send Tatiana’s life spinning in an unexpected and frightening direction. Spoiled and self-obsessed as the novel begins, Tatiana grows up at last, but it’s not easy. I’ve enjoyed several of Evans’ novels, but my favorites are set in Paris and in the fashion industry. The Dress Thief is set in the late 1930s, as the characters wait for the beginning of war, and The Milliner’s Secretin the early years of World War II. A few supporting characters tie the books together, although only The Secret Vow and The Paris Girl are closely related. If you enjoy deeply emotional historical fiction and an amazing sense of time and place, pick up anything by Natalie Meg Evans. You won’t be disappointed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Although this story of the Vytenis sisters is a tale of survival and betrayal, 1920s Paris life amongst the fashion industry of the time, does lighten the mood. Tatiana who is a ruined Russian princess, will lose everything, but she will grow also to discover family is everything. And love across borders and across classes of wealth is the most prized possession. I enjoyed the twists and turns as we follow the vivid characters Tatiana and her sister Katya through highs and lows of post war devasta Although this story of the Vytenis sisters is a tale of survival and betrayal, 1920s Paris life amongst the fashion industry of the time, does lighten the mood. Tatiana who is a ruined Russian princess, will lose everything, but she will grow also to discover family is everything. And love across borders and across classes of wealth is the most prized possession. I enjoyed the twists and turns as we follow the vivid characters Tatiana and her sister Katya through highs and lows of post war devastation, with a nasty twist (in relation to Vera, who is the third sister). This book would interest on so many levels....Paris, fashion, photography, Russia and historical fiction. I never lost interest or skipped pages.....I enjoyed every word. Apparently this is a follow on book of The Secret Vow, but The Paris Girl is a captivating stand alone read and I will actively seek out more by Natalie Leg Evans. #TheParisGirl #NetGalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    R

    Couldn't do it. Gave it 50 pages, and my mind was wandering ALL over ~ sadly, just couldn't get into it. Stilted writing; needed a better editor for a crisper story. Characters weren't interesting enough to finish it; they weren't fully drawn to entice me to CARE about them. Didn't care! Stopped reading. I RARELY stop reading ~ I used to think that if someone took the time to write and publish a book, it was worth my time to read and finish it. No more. I'm done with that ~ so in the past 5 year Couldn't do it. Gave it 50 pages, and my mind was wandering ALL over ~ sadly, just couldn't get into it. Stilted writing; needed a better editor for a crisper story. Characters weren't interesting enough to finish it; they weren't fully drawn to entice me to CARE about them. Didn't care! Stopped reading. I RARELY stop reading ~ I used to think that if someone took the time to write and publish a book, it was worth my time to read and finish it. No more. I'm done with that ~ so in the past 5 years, I've actually stopped reading only about maybe 4 books ~ not even one a year. I believe it's mainly because I carefully vet books as I choose to buy them. (Full disclosure: I usually buy "free" books, but I'd hoped this could become a Book Club selection, so I paid whatever for it. Doubly disappointed)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Thank you to NetGalley for the book in exchange for the honest review. I enjoyed reading about a model's life in Paris set during the 20's. No ordinary model either but a White Russian who's family is missing and wanting to free the last sister in Russia free from prison. Tatiana the main character wasn't my favorite I enjoyed her love interest the American Regan. Katya, Tatiana's fashion designer sister. I was pleased once Tatiana was no longer with her former fiance the Marquis who was in a re Thank you to NetGalley for the book in exchange for the honest review. I enjoyed reading about a model's life in Paris set during the 20's. No ordinary model either but a White Russian who's family is missing and wanting to free the last sister in Russia free from prison. Tatiana the main character wasn't my favorite I enjoyed her love interest the American Regan. Katya, Tatiana's fashion designer sister. I was pleased once Tatiana was no longer with her former fiance the Marquis who was in a relationship with his cousin on the side, while also seeing her best friend behind her back. This was a fast paced book and an enjoyable read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    JPNoosa

    Russian Princess in Paris If you like drama then you may enjoy the book. I found the fashion and scenery descriptions lovely but if anything could go wrong for the poor protagonist it would. I found in the end I had very little empathy for her or her self-interested family. The drama was over the top.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Orlilanger

    Had to quit after 100 pages It was boring. If I don’t love a book, I give it 100 pages. 95% of the time I will read it to the end. This book was the 5%.

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