Letters from Paris

Its always a pleasure when a book you didn’t think you would enjoy ends up being so much more, isn’t it?

Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell follows a woman, Claire Broussard, who attempts to track down the history of a nameless woman whose mask, L’inconnue she discovers in her hometown. It is a story about a woman who finds herself in a journey.

As the story starts out, I felt it was a bit draggy and I decided the story was going to be drawn out, basically being a bore. I was more interested in learning more about L’inconnue than I was reading about Claire. However, part way through, I found it hard to put the book down (I had to, because work). It wasn’t hard because of some big mystery but simply because. There was just something to the way the story flowed.

There were a lot of details and as usual, I skipped a lot of them, not all. Claire’s curiosity was something I could very well relate to–I mean who doesn’t want to delve into someone’s drawers when its right in front of you? The characters all seemed real enough. There were some unrealistic happenings in the book but then I have never been one for realism. The only thing that bothered me was the great similarity between the woman in the present and the woman in the past.

I thought this was a very beautiful story. It was a pleasant read and I felt satisfied at the end.


Goodreads Insert: After surviving the accident that took her mother’s life, Claire Broussard worked hard to escape her small Louisiana hometown. But these days she feels something lacking. Abruptly leaving her lucrative job in Chicago, Claire returns home to care for her ailing grandmother. There, she unearths a beautiful sculpture that her great-grandfather sent home from Paris after World War II.

At her grandmother’s urging, Claire travels to Paris to track down the centuries old mask-making atelier where the sculpture, known only as “L’inconnue”—or the Unknown Woman—was created. With the help of a passionate sculptor, Claire discovers a cache of letters that offer insight into the life of the Belle Epoque woman immortalized in the work of art.

As Claire uncovers the unknown woman’s tragic fate, she begins to discover secrets—and a new love—of her own.


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