Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Belle Epoque

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 foil.

But 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.

This book was such a cover-buy for me. I saw it on Book Outlet and I knew I had to have it. So I placed an order and I got the book and I placed it on my shelf and I didn’t pick it up for a long time. Finally, I picked it up and read it in April (If you can’t tell, my review game is way off).

Overall, the book was very quick and light. It had a slow beginning, but once you get into it, it’s really easy to zoom through the book. I loved it, but not enough to give it a full 5 stars. I’d probably give it 4 stars. I don’t know why, but something was just missing. I don’t honestly know what it is, but there was just something missing in the story.

I did really love all the characters, though. Maude and Isabelle were both so relatable. The end is satisfying enough, but I would also like a sequel cause I’d like to continue this story. Yet, I also like it as a standalone. I’m conflicted, if you can’t tell. I’m sure in a few years I’ll probably come back and read it again. Plus, I really loved learning more about the time period in Paris and I’d really love to read more books set in this era.

As for cleanliness, there was one use of the D word. There is some drinking, but nothing outside the time period.

I definitely do recommend this if you’re looking for something quick and light!

-Lilian-

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