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Publisher's Summary

June 1940. As Paris, the City of Light, approaches its darkest hour, a young woman treads the line between survival and collaboration. Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac, using a false claim to aristocratic birth to launch herself as a fashionable milliner.
When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover protects her business. But the cruel demands of war - and of love - cannot be kept at bay forever. Soon Coralie must find the courage to do what's necessary to protect her friends, her freedom and everything she believes in.
©2015 Natalie Meg Evans (P)2015 WF Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Rich in detail, this is a pacy and engaging read, full of cloak and dagger intrigue, beautiful clothes and romance." ( Sunday Mirror on The Dress Thief)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie Bezuhov on 12-09-15

Absolutely Beautiful Story! A must read!

An epic love story. A story of being human. A love affair with Paris. War, betrayal, passion, suffering, and hope. Twists and turns galore that will have you spellbound. Oh yes, and a fine heaping dose of glamour and couture fashion. What more can ask for in a book? An exceptional writer? Natalie Meg Evans is just that. Perfection!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Katherine on 02-11-16

Immerse yourself in another time

Even though there are flaws in this book, I enjoyed it and would read another by this author. I actually quite enjoyed the fashion and millinery aspects to the book and found myself looking up styles of hats and French fashion in WW2. The story is a tad farfetched at times, but it's forgivable and it hangs together if you accept the twists and turns as is. The narrator didn't have a grasp of French pronunciation but was excellent at the different characters, which ultimately is more important. For those of us that are bothered by this sort of thing, there is minimal explicit violence or sexual scenes and no swearing that I can recall. My kind of book! If you can't escape winter with a holiday, take a trip to a Parisian hat shop during WW2.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-08-17

Terrible!!!

Well what can I say! This book was just awful, I didn't even finish it & I rarely ever do that.
Bad, dull, boring storyline with no interesting content what so ever! I felt sorry for the narrator reading such a dull story. Nothing was interesting at all and the story so ridiculous & unbelievable. I didn't warm to any of the characters & thought the main character was as bland as paint drying!
When a story doesn't captivate you, make you laugh, cry & feel gutted when you've finished it then it's not a very good story in my opinion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sally on 10-08-17

Absolutely brilliant!

This is by far the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. The story is gripping, the narrator excellent- can’t recommend it highly enough

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4 out of 5 stars
By Louraine Millington on 10-07-15

The Milliner's Secret

An enjoyable listen, I found the story line very good but it was too dragged out for my liking, it has a happy ending which I enjoy, I'm Sadden that the main male character didn't make it with Coralie, as I found him a most except able fellow. Then again he was German and it is set during the war so I guess one has to die, you were a lovely character Coralie, as was your love.

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