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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eleanor Brown Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780451484826
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This is the miraculous new novel from New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown, whose debut, The Weird Sisters, was 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lovely and big-hearted—it made me long for Paris.”

    Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A trip to Paris may be the quickest way for a heroine to change her life.”

    Washington Post

  • “Finely written and absorbing, and explores the always compelling questions of how to balance reality and romance, duty and dreams, family and freedom.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Will cure your stay-at-home blues.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A story about love, marriage, divorce, self-discovery, and how things often turn out far from what you had planned.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Brown’s novel tackles an age-old question about what life would be like if we took more chances, stopped playing things so safely, and didn’t let others control our being. The pain of such a situation is so beautifully woven into Brown’s writing that it truly makes readers sit up and take notice — encouraging them along the way to always question whether or not the things they want and do are what’s right for them.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Brown conveys the importance of the arts in creating a life as well the need to heed all voices, even those from the past, in looking to the future.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The parallels in the lives of Madeline and her grandmother, Margie, are brought to life by narrator Cassandra Campbell. Her even, detached delivery suits the two main characters, who are emotionally disengaged from their lives.”


  • A BookRiot Pick of New Books for July 2016 
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About the Author
Author Eleanor Brown

Eleanor Brown is the author of The Weird Sisters, a New York Times bestseller, among others. Her writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She holds an MA in literature and has worked in education in Florida.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.