Author: Molly Cochran
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Format: Paperback, 573 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
Purchase Links: Amazon
Near the end of World War II, seventeen-year-old Mireille de Jouarre flees the home of her stepfather, a Nazi collaborator and abusive drunk. She finds shelter with her childhood friend Stefan, and the two fall deeply in love. But as the fighting escalates, Mireille must escape alone to Paris, where she discovers she’s pregnant and lacking a way to provide for her child.
So begins her new life as l’Ange—the Angel. After an unlikely meeting with a wealthy aristocrat in a Parisian hotel—and her acceptance of his solicitation—Mireille becomes the most celebrated poule in all of France, eliciting huge fees and invitations to exclusive parties. At one of these events, Mireille meets Oliver Jordan, an American womanizer and film producer, and is soon launching a promising film career. As her star rises, Mireille is determined to bury her past. But her success isn’t as carefree and glittery as it seems, and when her daughter’s future is threatened, Mireille must make a deadly decision in a desperate attempt to finally choose her own path.
About the Author
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Molly Cochran lived in Europe and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and the Sorbonne in France. She has written 26 books, including 12 ghosted novels, and the non-fiction bestseller, Dressing Thin, before her own first novel, Grandmaster, was a New York Times Bestseller.
Since then, she has written almost a dozen other suspense and fantasy thrillers, including the international best-seller, The Forever King.
Author Links: mollycochran.com
I thought this book was a good read, but it didn’t knock my socks off. I enjoyed reading it and wanted to know what was going to happen to Mireille, but I wasn’t so invested in the story that I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, especially Mireille, but I found some of their actions to be a bit strange. The concept was a interesting, although I feel it has been done before- poor girl becomes prostitute and becomes rich. There were some scenes where my heart really went out for Mireille, but then I would continue reading and I started to feel like I just didn’t care.
For those of you who do not enjoy sex or profanity in your novels, there is a significant amount in this book. The sex scenes are only paragraphs long and so can be skipped (or skimmed) and you won’t be missing much… the profanity is unavoidable.
Overall, I give this book:
3 out of 5 hippos
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for allowing me to participate in this tour.