Hope all of you are staying cool - it's currently 103F where we are right now, so we're doing the smartest things possible: camping out at the library!
For our What I'm Reading Friday segment this week, we're (re)reading Elizabeth Ross's Belle Epoque. We first read it when we received a beautiful manuscript from Random House last month, and decided to reread and publish our review closer to the publication date, so we could help spread the word to as many people as possible!
(Also, the trailer was released today, so it's good timing!)
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.
Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.
But Isabelle has no idea her new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.
Belle Epoque has just about everything you want in a historical novel - it's accurate, beautifully written, lovely characters - you get the idea. We're going to post our review on the release date, so definitely look for that.
Until then, why not check out Elizabeth's beautiful trailer?