Sarah West, an art curator in Boston, goes to Paris to stay in the apartment of the famous courtesan, Marthe de Florian, after finding a letter from the courtesan in her recently deceased parents’ belongings. Sarah wants to investigate her great-great aunt Louisa’s death in Paris which was suspect but called a suicide and covered up by her family. While delving into her family’s past, she also starts to deal with her recent divorce and starts to fall in love with Paris and her artist/roommate. A historical fiction book with some mystery and romance and talk sociopolitical issues especially with women’s rights and role in society in the late 1800s and early 1900, it started out slow for me but gradually sucked me into the story, especially with the investigation into Louisa’s life and how she was connected to Marthe de Florian. It saddened me on how women got stuck in situations due to mistakes or lack of money or family standing and how lucky modern women are to have a say in their lives and futures.
I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.