The Paris Secret: A Novel
By Karen Swan
Flora Sykes can’t believe someone could forget about an apartment for more than seventy years. But then Flora discovers just how possible this type of incident can be when she is hired to catalogue the contents of an apartment in Paris owned by the Vermeil family that has been locked up and undisturbed since World War II. What turns out to be even more amazing is what Flora finds in the apartment: hundreds of pieces of art including two extremely valuable paintings. However, as Flora attempts to trace the provenances of the paintings, she uncovers a secret about the Vermeil’s past that could destroy everyone in the family including the devastatingly sexy and irresistibly arrogant Xavier Vermeil.
Inspired by the real-life discovery of a Paris apartment that had been boarded up since World War II, Swan’s latest addictively readable novel is a sophisticated mix of secrets, suspense, scandal, and seduction that manages to be both deliciously retro as well as smartly on trend in its literary appeal. The glamorous European settings and glitzy life-style of the characters in The Paris Secret evoke the fabulously entertaining 1980’s and 1990’s novels of Judith Krantz and Judith Michael while the book’s brooding hero and the potent sexual chemistry Swan cooks up between him and the heroine, will definitely draw in romance readers, who can’t get enough of the billionaire bad boys (with hearts of gold) heroes that are so popular today.
The Paris Secret is exhilarating, escapist fun.
John Charles, ReaderToReader.com