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As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young Frenchwoman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return.

An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian had cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe’s tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path.

Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book as full of treasures as the Paris apartment that inspired it…A masterful mix of the glamour of the Belle Epoque and the shadows of impending war.”

    Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Richman deftly weaves fact and fiction to create an enthralling tale of love and sacrifice in The Velvet Hours…Highly recommended.”

    Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A beautiful and compelling portrait of two women facing their unknown past and an unimaginable future as their world begins to crumble.”

    Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “The wonderful relationship between the women along with the fascinating historical backdrops draw readers into a lavish, beautifully written novel.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Two remarkable performances grace this romance inspired by true events…an audiobook listeners won’t want to miss.”

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  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick for September 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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