Madeleine is trapped—by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears—in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters.
In Madeleine’s memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been—elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie’s bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist.
Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine’s marriage is threatened, she panics, escaping to her hometown and staying with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother’s bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer—reconnecting to her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and finding a kindred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who reminds her to feed both her body and her heart.
Margie and Madeleine’s stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be.
"Eleanor Brown is high priestess of that rich place where soulfulness and emotional insight meet laugh-out loud humor. Meet Margie and Madeleine two women separated by decades and continents, but taking the same essential journey toward self-exploration and self-knowledge. The Light of Paris will keep you thinking and smiling long after the last page is turned." PAULA McLAIN, author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun.
"Paris is always a good idea. It's not just a line from an old movie, it's a credo, and it underlies Eleanor Brown's wise and charming new novel, The Light of Paris. A warm and illuminating novel of great hope and heart." MARY KAY ANDREWS, author of Beach Town and Ladies' Night.
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