Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Belle Epoque

byElizabeth Ross

Paperback | October 14, 2014

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When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.
   Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect adornment of plainness. 
   Isabelle has no idea her new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.  
   The paperback of Belle Epoque has brand new content that includes a translation and extended author's note about the short story by Emile Zola that inspired the book.

A William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

A Junior Library Guild Selection


“Both touching and fun, this is a story about many things—true friendship, real beauty, being caught between two worlds—and it will delight fans of historical fiction.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“A refreshingly relevant and inspiring historical venture.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A compelling story about friendship, the complexity of beauty, and self-discovery…full of strong female characters.”—School Library Journal

“With resonant period detail, elegant narration, and a layered exploration of class and friendship, this provocative novel is rife with satisfaction.”—Booklist

“Much to offer a contemporary YA audience…flirtation and match-making to tantalize romance fans…prime book-club fare.”—The Bulletin

"This delectable Parisian tale left me sighting with sweet satisfaction. J'adore Belle Epoque!"-Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know and To Be Perfectly Honest
Elizabeth Ross studied French at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and between semesters she worked in Paris and Brittany. She lives in Los Angeles. When she isn't writing, Elizabeth edits feature films. Visit her at elizabethrossbooks.com or follow @RossElizabeth on Twitter.From the Hardcover edition.
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Title:Belle EpoqueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385741472

ISBN - 13:9780385741477

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! If you love historical fiction, this book is definitely worth the read! I found the plot was very original, and it draws you in from the first page!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing and very well written. Maude is much more of a wallflower than a true 'repoussoir' considering her special clientele and circumstance, though she experiences much the same as her counterparts(or so it's suggested). Her journey through insecurity is something every woman can relate to, plain or not, and is still very relevant today. I do wish some areas were explored in greater detail. For example, the day to day of a repoussoir in an average assignment, even to the extent of greater cruelty against Maude herself. However, that's mostly me just wanting more of the enchanting view of Paris and it's societies that Elizabeth Ross weaved. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and read it in one day. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and bohemian Paris in general
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Belle Époque Bravo ! A book that held my attention from cover to cover.
Date published: 2013-08-19

Editorial Reviews

A William C. Morris YA Debut Award FinalistA Junior Library Guild Selection“Both touching and fun, this is a story about many things—true friendship, real beauty, being caught between two worlds—and it will delight fans of historical fiction.”—Publishers Weekly “A refreshingly relevant and inspiring historical venture.”—Kirkus Reviews “A compelling story about friendship, the complexity of beauty, and self-discovery…full of strong female characters.”—School Library Journal “With resonant period detail, elegant narration, and a layered exploration of class and friendship, this provocative novel is rife with satisfaction.”—Booklist “Much to offer a contemporary YA audience…flirtation and match-making to tantalize romance fans…prime book-club fare.”—The Bulletin"This delectable Parisian tale left me sighting with sweet satisfaction. J'adore Belle Epoque!"-Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know and To Be Perfectly Honest"This is an excellent cross-genre read that many will appreciate for its themes on how young women view themselves and the world around them."-Historical Novels Review, Editor's ChoiceFrom the Hardcover edition.