Letters from Paris leapfrogs between two separate but connected storylines. Sabine Moreau is a young country girl in the late 1890s who has lost her family to disease and travels to Paris to make a new life for herself. At the suggestion of a friend, she goes to the square in Pigalle to become an artist’s model. It’s there that she meets Maurice Desmarais, a sculptor and painter living off an inheritance.
In the present day, Claire Broussard is a Cajun woman who leaves behind her job, friends, and now ex-boyfriend Sean in Chicago to return to Louisiana and care for her dying grandmother. When she gets back to Mammaw’s house Claire’s childhood memories come flooding back, including the memories of the broken mask in the attic. Mammaw makes Claire promise she will go to Paris and discover a great secret. Much to everyone’s surprise, except her Uncle Remy, Claire takes off on an adventure to discover the truth.
I really enjoyed the story of L’Inconnue de la Seine created in this book and at several points I could tell the amount of research Blackwell must have done to create it. Some parts of the story feel like they drag on while others feel a little rushed. I love how well developed Claire is and, while I feel like she could have used a bit more development, Sabine. The story itself is quite beautiful and I’m glad I had the chance to read it. Overall, I rate Letters From Paris 3 out of 5 bookworms.
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I received a copy of this book from Penguin First To Read in exchange for this honest review.