Step into the roaring 1920s Parisian music scene
For a secret Parisian affair…
New York darling Elizabeth Van Hoeven has everything…except freedom. But now Eliza’s traveling to study piano at the Paris Conservatoire and falling for jazz prodigy Jack Coleman in the process! A love like theirs is forbidden back home, and as they make beautiful music together under the
Parisian lights, Eliza and Jack face a difficult choice: the life they’ve always known, or the possibility of a life they never could have imagined…
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Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)
She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the
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When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.
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My thoughts: Paris in the Twenties was the place to be, artists, musicians, writers all flocked to the City of Lights following the First World War, jazz was the music and these Bright Young Things were living life to the full, drinking and dancing the nights away. So much incredible art came out of that period, even if the creators were all a bit of a mess.
Into this hedonistic world steps shy young Manhattan debutante and pianist Eliza, daughter of an illustrious New York family, but determined to spread her wings and choose her own life. Then there’s Jack, a talented jazz musician from Harlem, in town to play his trumpet and feel free in a country where people don’t cross the street to avoid walking near you. Eliza has never had to consider anything like that in her privileged world but here in Paris, free and without her family, they don’t have to. Paris, the city of love.
Their romance is intense, they can’t resist, and their music improves too. Seems love is good for you. But can Eliza break free of her family expectations and follow her heart? Paris is one thing, but what if she has to go home?
I loved Eliza and Jack, their story is obviously bittersweet, they can be together but not in the country they both come from, only in Paris and only amongst the artistic set they run with. The 1920s were an incredibly free time but not everywhere or for everyone and Jack feels this much more than Eliza. Although she is trapped too, in a way, by the expectations of society and her family, to marry one of their set and basically become her mother. Rather than the concert pianist she could be if she stays at the conservatoire and works hard. She’s talented and determined.
I liked the glimpses of the Paris arts set – Hemingway, Sylvia Beach (of Shakespeare & Co fame), the Fitzgeralds, Picasso, but they weren’t the focus, which was nice. Eliza and Jack are on the periphery of the hard drinking, fast living crowd, preferring to picnic and play music, to be together.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.
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