June 2, 2013

Belle Epoque

cover image of Belle Epoque
Elizabeth Ross

Ross offers not one, but two strong heroines in her debut novel set during the 1888 Paris debutante season. Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison. The two girls develop a real friendship and Maude is dazzled by the splendor of society and intrigued by Isabelle's secret plans for university. Caught between two worlds, Maude is soon torn between her employer and her friend, between splendor and substance, and between reality and dreaming.