The Light of Paris

The miraculous new novel from New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown, whose debut, The Weird Sisters, was a sensation beloved by critics and readers alike 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 onThe miraculous new novel from New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown, whose debut, The Weird Sisters, was a sensation beloved by critics and readers alike 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 caf s, 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.
The Light of Paris The miraculous new novel from New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown whose debut The Weird Sisters was a sensation beloved by critics and readers alike Madeleine is trapped by her family s

  • Title: The Light of Paris
  • Author: Eleanor Brown
  • ISBN: 9780399158919
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Light of Paris”

    1. 25% of the way in and sadly, I'm doing to DNF this one.I remember thoroughly enjoying The Weird Sisters and recall it was a smart, well-written book. Unfortunately this book is very different. It's told in two parts -- a 1924 story of Margie and a 1999 story of Madeleine. Margie's story is written in what I can only describe as "YA style" and Madeleine's story is a "beach read" at best. Other reviewers are enjoying this and giving it high marks, so I would encourage readers to seek out reviews o [...]

    2. I can't stop thinking about this book. It is exquisitely written with so many layers. I read the first 6 pages about a dozen times because it was so beautiful. It is the story of two women in different times, Margie in 1920s Paris and her granddaughter Madeleine. Both are unhappy until they find the courage to change their lives. It's about coming to terms with who you are and accepting yourself. I can't wait until this book is out July 12, 2016. It will reach into your soul.

    3. Really wanted to love this book as I loved her "Weird Sisters," but finally, bitterly, reluctantly gave up on this repetitive whinefest of upper-class women claiming to be trapped by their lives, their mommies, and their societies' expectations. The trope of "my mother doesn't love me"/"I don't look right"/"my life traps me" kept coming up so often--nearly word for word--that it felt like each chapter was reintroducing itself. Oh--and, brace yourself: apparently adolescence and high school can b [...]

    4. Imagine how our lives would have turned out if we hadn’t been afraid. I loved Sebastian, and Henry these men both sexy, and alive with dreams and happiness. The women, three generations, all suffering from making choices based on fear and peoples judgement. Finally one of them has broken the pattern and becoming who she could be.This a multiple generational story about love, adventure, obligations, control, sacrifice, broken dreams, conformity and finally happiness. Freedom, has it’s price, [...]

    5. It had Paris in the title and an Eiffel Tower on the coverI'm helpless in the face of these things to stop myself from nabbing this book.It didn't take long for me to realize that this book was going to be a disappointment. Both of the main characters, 1999-era Madeleine and her grandmother Margie, disparage themselves and undermine themselves and allow themselves to be manipulated and make bad decisions in order to go along with others. These ladies don't even like themselves; how could the rea [...]

    6. Inspired by a grandmother’s time in Paris, Eleanor Brown(Weird Sisters)eloquently transports readers in THE LIGHT OF PARIS-two generations of women-being true to oneself, a journey of self-discovery. Grabbing life and joy. Freedom. Having the heart and courage to be who we really are.The audiobook,narrated by Cassanda Campbell(one of my favorite narrators), delivered an award-winning performance, a perfect voice for three generations of women. From food, art, culture, gardens, creativity, writ [...]

    7. I was so excited to be offered a copy of The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown. Any story that transports me to that lovely city is one I’m always eager to dive into. Having never been and journeying with these characters as Margie had the experience of a life time makes me long to visit one day! Eleanor Brown truly knows how to catapult her readers into her story and have them feel like they are traveling right alongside her characters.In this story, Madeleine finds herself in a marriage that w [...]

    8. Madeleine is stuck in a loveless marriage with a controlling husband. She finds herself to be not only unhappy, but she no longer paints, which is the thing that she loves the most in life. Her husband controls every aspect of her life and the worst part about it is the fact that she lets him. She escapes for a few days to her hometown to visit her mother and she comes across her grandmother's old journals. Her grandmother was a very elegant woman, the very opposite of Madeleine, but that wasn't [...]

    9. Just ok. The story didn't stand out for me. A woman finds her grandmother's journals packed away in the attic and discovers that she was once a very different woman than the one she'd known. Who hasn't read that before? A love story in Paris during the Jazz Age of course I was drawn to that! But I found the main character of modern day, Madeline, to be almost pathetic at times. She is "trapped" in her rich girl, loveless, and controlling marriage. Her mother's disapproval & her acceptance of [...]

    10. When you read this book you are reading about two women, one in the present and the other in the past. Madeleine is in her thirties in 1999 and her grandmother Margie is in her twenties in 1920. Despite living in different generations many of their issues are similar. One is trapped in a loveless marriage the other by unrealistic parental expectations.What I liked about the book was that the chapters alternated between the two stories and two different time periods. Even though the two character [...]

    11. While very different from her debut THE WEIRD SISTERS, Eleanor Brown does not disappoint in her new novel. This story of a granddaughter and grandmother, sweeping back and forth between two time periods is so skillfully handled, the author knows exactly what she's doing and the reader is delighted to keep turning the pages. The writing is beautiful, the characters vivid, the story compelling. I can't wait to see what Brown writes next!

    12. Eleanor Brown was inspired to write this novel after reading letters that belonged to her own grandmother. The Light of Paris is a dual time novel: Madeleine in the 1990's and Margie ( Marguerite) in the 1920's. Both women want desperately to live their own lives, not the life prescribed by their families. I especially enjoyed Margie's life in Paris, even though it was only a few months. (KUYH February 2017 Travel challenge). "Never be caught without something to read." Madeleine's section"Dream [...]

    13. 4.5/5 I loved how Madeleine who always felt that she didn't belong in her family, found out in the end that perhaps her dreams follow her maternal grandmother more than she knew. I loved seeing Paris from Margie's fresh eyes and how she was able to find herself there. Unfortunately for her and that time period, there wasn't much for her to come back to but marriage and obligation.Madeleine had always struggled to find her place in the world and so she did what her parents wanted her to do, settl [...]

    14. Originally posted on Desert Island Book ReviewsThe Light of Paris alternates between two stories: Madeleine’s story set in the southern U.S. in 1999 and her grandmother Margie’s story set primarily in Jazz-Age Paris. Each woman must figure out living the life that makes her happiest while balancing the expectations of their families and society.It’s hard to write a real synopsis of this story without giving too much away, but basically it’s half women’s fiction and half historical fict [...]

    15. One of the best ways for any author or publisher to tempt me with a book is to mention that it's a dual-time narrative and that one of the eras is the 1920s (or the 1960s, I adore them both!). When I read the blurb about The Light of Paris and saw mention of 1920s Jazz Age Paris, I knew that this was a story for me.The Light of Paris is an absolute joy to read. Eleanor Brown's two lead characters, Madeleine and Margie are separated by seventy years, yet they have so many things in common. Madele [...]

    16. It was perfect that I read this book as I set off on vacation in July. My trip was ending with a 3 day stay in Paris. My first time visiting. I must say, I really enjoyed the dual time line of this book. Madeleine in present day and Margie in Jazz Age Paris. Madeleine is unhappy in her marriage, but feels stuck, not sure what she wants to do. After a nasty argument with her controlling husband, Madeleine escapes to her childhood home, but she and her mother have never had the best relationship, [...]

    17. Listening to this was a good way to pass time while I worked on database clean-up and the like.It's a pleasant story about a not-waifish woman who is unhappy in her marriage to a handsome but distant yet controlling husband. She wanted to be an artist but now she's a socialite. During a trip home to see her also-distant and unnurturing mother, she stumbles across her grandmother's journals, another non-waifish woman who had wanted to be a writer and went to Paris and fell in love but wound up fo [...]

    18. Back in 2012 I read Eleanor Brown's debut novel The Weird Sisters and I adored it. It was a fantastic read, although I will confess that it was probably, in parts, a bit too high brow for me. I probably missed a lot of context in the novel, it was written so lyrically, but I loved it. It was such a good read. So much so, that I've been hankering after a new Eleanor Brown book for years. I thought one was coming a year after The Weird Sisters, but that was being tinkers. Instead it has been four [...]

    19. THE LIGHT OF PARIS: A STUDY IN GILDED CAGES fangswandsandfairydust/201Audiofile provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.This is a story about women and the gilded cage. It is told in split time: Madeleine in 1999 USA and her grandmother, Margie, in 1924 USA and Paris. Both women yearn to be creative, but are tied down by family and society and the creature comforts offered by wealth.Here’s the deal: I believe [...]

    20. The Light in Paris was the first book that I've read by Eleanor Brown. I enjoyed it so much that I just ordered her first book (The weird Sisters) from .This novel is told from two viewpoints in alternating chapters - Madeleine in 1999 and her grandmother Margie in 1919. Both women had so much in common because they were both being forced by their parents and society to conform to the norms of their times and to become someone different than wanted to be. Madeleine is trapped in a loveless marri [...]

    21. thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a free copy in return for open and honest reviewis is a story of a grandmother and grand daughter in different era's and the grand daughter reads her grandmother's journals when she is in Paris in 1924 and sees her in a different light, as the book shifts between 1919-1924 and 1999. had a slight problem with the style of writing of this novel and felt it wasn't as good as the weird sisters as felt toned down

    22. I wanted to like this book but the main character was so self-absorbed, insecure and whiny it was difficult to care about her.

    23. Wonderful book. The author captures the beauty of Paris and the Stepford Wife image brilliantly. I wanted to sit back and read until it finished - work gets in the way. Popsugar Challenge : set in two different time periods

    24. I bought this book because I enjoyed Eleanor Brown's book "The Weird Sisters". This is not a bad book, just not my type of book at all.

    25. Inspired by letters that the author found belonging to her own grandmother, The Light of Paris is a dual-time novel written with obvious care and attention to detail. The two stories link together with ease with Madeleine and Margie brought to life within the 320 pages.In recent time Chicago, Madeleine goes through the daily chore of being at her husbands beck and call, forgetting what her own purpose in life is. After an argument she flees to her childhood home and is shocked to realise just ho [...]

    26. Long-time readers know I struggle with women’s fiction. This is through no fault of the authors. I just have issues with the stories in general. Knowing how everyone raved about Ms. Brown’s first novel, I had high hopes for The Light of Paris. Unfortunately for me, it contains everything I do not enjoy in women’s fiction.This is not to say I did not enjoy the novel. There are parts of it that are enjoyable. The descriptions are Paris are entrancing; Ms. Brown makes even the most mundane ex [...]

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