Nineteen year old Annabel Graye is suddenly left penniless in Paris when financial disaster overtakes her rich father. Fortunately, she is offered a job at the world famous couturier, Maison Christophe, and there her beauty and elegance make her easily the top mannequin. Paris is captivated by her and none more madly than Christophe himself. However, he is engaged to marry the wealthy influential Michèle Luchacre and she is determined to hold on to him. Seeing that Annabel is taking her place in his heart, Michèle, with the assistance of gypsy model Guida, hatches a seemingly infallible plot to discredit Annabel – and the English girl falls right into the trap.
Denise Robins is at her best in this delightful tale of romance and intrigue in the heart of Paris.
British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents.