Sixteen year old Gabrielle dreams of becoming an artist but her ambitious parents agree to an arranged marriage to an aging Baron. In protest, she runs away from her provincial home of Laval to Paris, the City of Light, intending to live with her suffragist grandmother and pursue her passion for art.
Her bold plan disintegrates as she arrives in Paris to discover her grandmother has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Alone in the capital, Gabrielle wonders who to trust: her new artist friends or the handsome but irritating stranger she met on the train, who just might be stalking her.
Gabrielle’s pride, ambition and impulsive nature thrust her into Paris’ underbelly of betrayal and abuse. Will she find the courage to begin a new life on her own terms?
Historical Novels Review, November 2016 issue: "...think a French Jane Austen...entertaining, well-written and surprising. A delightful read."
Tim Wynne-Jones,multi-award winning author of adult, young adult and children’s literature:“I came to love the central charactet, a dedicated painter in a world not quite ready to accept women artists, a naïf at risk of being swept up by the demi-monde of fin-de-siècle Paris, but determined to make her way and leave her mark.”
writing is absolutely beautiful, Brenda does such an amazing job creating this
historical world that we are exposed to throughout the novel..." Amazon customer (one of 9 5 star reviews)
"It was definitely unputdownable and devoured wholeheartedly with absolute joy..." Jorie Loves a Story, blogger
"Brenda Johnson does a brilliant job of drawing readers into a textured, authentic world of art and culture during a time when women chafing under the dominance of men in society fought for change, fairness, and freedom..." Angela Ackerman, bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus