“I adored The Light of Paris. It’s so lovely and big-hearted—it made me long for Paris.”—Jojo Moyes, New York Times-bestselling author of Me Before You and After You
The miraculous novel from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Weird Sisters—a sensation beloved by critics and readers alike.
Madeleine is trapped—by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears—in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters.
In Madeleine’s memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been—elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie’s bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist.
Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine’s marriage is threatened, she panics, escaping to her hometown and staying with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother’s bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer—reconnecting to her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and finding a kindred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who reminds her to feed both her body and her heart.
Margie and Madeleine’s stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s no sophomore slump for Eleanor Brown; her second novel is a fizzy, heartfelt marvel. The Light of Paris follows lapsed painter Madeleine—who’s unhappily married to a wealthy man and trapped by her family's oppressive expectations—as she learns about her grandmother's youthful stint in the art- and champagne-soaked Paris of the 1920s. This smart and witty story is a celebration of strong women making their way in the world and being true to themselves.
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Lovely story women will enjoy
I didn't want to leave it alone, because the two female characters became so real to me...especially the grandmother. I love Paris (who doesn't?) & loved the description of The City of Light in the 20s. Truly delicious escape.
This book was amazing. I loved it so much I gave it to all my friends and it became an instant favorite amongst us all. The characters have stayed in my heart long after reading it and I can’t wait for more books from this author!
The light of Paris
The women characters in this story were hard to identify with. Took me forever ever to read because it literally put me to sleep even though I skimmed most of it. Bleh