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The Woman from Paris

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  939 ratings  ·  196 reviews
They had built their lives in this grand old house, its walls encompassing their family and their secrets. Nestled in the sweeping hills they have always known, the house is part of their history, their heritage. But these four walls also hold a secret.

When Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident, a beautiful young woman named Phaedra appears at his funeral—claiming
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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Minty McBunny
On the first page, where she writes "the sun had shone" I rolled my eyes. After a few pages of annoyingly florid prose, I almost quit. But I have been recently spending my time with Tana French's Dublin Murder squad, so I wanted something light and fluffy to wash away the heartbreak of those stories, so I pressed on.

The best thing I can say about it is it was a quick read. I can't imagine the "twist" was meant to be a surprise, it's telegraphed almost from the get-go, but to me the surprise was
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Tvtowerbaby
On the positive side, this book has a very strong sense of place: the large country estate is described lovingly. For many of us, the social stratum at the centre of this novel is entirely alien and the author does a good job of breathing life into the people and geography of Fairfield Park.

And I finished the novel. Which doesn't always happen.

But there are a number of aspects of the book that irritated me. First Phaedra. As annoying a character you will be hard pressed to find. Unless, of cou
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Cardmaker
Oh my gosh, what can I say? The story started off okay. Then it got stupid. Then it got really silly. Then it just got boring because the ending was so easy to figure out.

The main character, Phaedra, was someone I doubt I'd warm up to in real life since she's so perfect. She goes about the family correcting everyone's faults and making them all more perfect, like she is. *gag*

I wouldn't wish this book on my worst enemy. I guess it's okay if you like pompous upperclass Brits who have servants doi
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Kathy's Review:

Chick lit isn't really my thing. I'll read it on occasion, but it's not the sort of thing I would seek out on my own. This is chick lit of the highest order. I kind of picture the Framptons as a modern-day Downton Abbey. Super rich, live in a huge manor, have all the money and toys and live the good life. It's a peek into a luxurious lifestyle most of us will never see. The writing is very rich and descriptive, so I commend the author for that. She paints a vivid picture of the Fr
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Cath
Wanneer Lord Frampton, George, overlijdt ligt het Engelse landgoed Fairfield Park er stil bij. Niemand weet dat een onbekende gast voor opschudding zal zorgen.
Aan het einde van de uitvaartplechtigheid meldt Phaedra, de buitenechtelijke dochter van George, zich. Behalve dit nieuws blijkt ze nog eens onweerstaanbaar mooi te zijn én is ze toegevoegd aan het testament.
Waarom komt de familie dit op deze manier te weten? Had George haar niet eerder kunnen introduceren?

David, de zoon des huizes, heeft
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Bookworm
Gosh, I love a good book. As soon as I opened The Woman from Paris, I was treated to interesting and witty characters, a multi layered plot and a wonderful setting.
There are secrets, romance and family drama all woven into this novel and I happily devoured it all. I lived inside these pages for a little while.

Lord George Frampton is head of a well to do family in London, he dies in a mountain climbing accident in the Alps. Phaedra Chancellor arrives at Frampton's funeral claiming to be his illeg
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Debdanz
Could have used 100+ pages edited out, and really how many times can one author use the word "frisson?" But sometimes it is just as enjoyable to be annoyed by a book as like a book, and this was one of those cases. Very "Downton Abbey-ish" but modern. Lots of foreshadowing that led to the obvious. Incredibly redundant, but not a total waste of time. :)
Sharon Chance
I normally enjoy Santa Montefiore's novels, but this particular one did nothing for me! I didn't like the characters at all - thought they were all whiney and bratish!
Elizabeth
Good story. It reminded me a little of Downton Abbey.
LindyLouMac
NB: Title in USA is 'The Woman From Paris'

I first took an interest in this author’s writing in 2001 when her first novel Meet Me Under The Umbo Tree was published. I went on to read the next two as they were released The Butterfly Box and The Forget Me Not Sonata. It was another five years before any more of her books came my way when in 2008 I read two more of her novels Last Voyage of the Valentina and The Gypsy Madonna. It was to be another three years before I read two more of her novels, Th
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Sarah
I read a review in a newspaper almost a year ago about Santa Montefiore's work. The review was glowing, writing lovingly of her prose and character construction.

I have to say that I found myself only partly agreeing with both statements after purchasing this book. While Montefiore's writing is certainly engrossing, with wonderfully descriptive (albeit sometimes repetitive) landscapes and enthralling characters, this book leaned - as it progressed - into predictable and annoying.

The family the pl
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Valerie
This is my first book by this author, and must say that I look forward to reading more by her. The story opened up on a sad note, and picked up from there. I was already engrossed within the first few pages, and could visualize the characters and their personalities, mood & demeanor. The Dowager Lady Frampton cracked me up & had me literally laughing out loud on several occasions due to her snarkiness and irreverent humor - somewhat reminded me of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey as Lady Vi ...more
Tia Bach
Nothing is sweeter than a story with enchanting characters who reach through the pages and welcome you to their lives. In The Woman from Paris, the characters and scenery sweep you into the story of the Framptoms. When Lord Frampton dies in a tragic accident, his family is fragile and reeling from loss. In walks Phaedra, a beautiful woman who claims to be his illegitimate daughter.


When the will is read, Phaedra is included in a very intimate way--she inherits the family jewels. Slowly, the famil
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Yeny
The Woman From Paris
The book blurb grabbed my attention – aristocrats and family secrets. (I was still under the influence of Dowton Abbey.) So I decided to read the book.

The story was promising in the beginning. The Frampton family was shocked by the death of the head of the family and, very soon, the family discovered another shocking secret – Phaedra Chancellor.

Then, I lost interest. I failed to connect to most of the characters. Antoinette’s decision to embrace Phaedra as her daughter seeme
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JoAnne Pulcino
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Having read several of Ms. Montefiore lovely romantic family novels, I was sure that this would be just as good. I wasn't disappointed, despite her tendency to fall in love with her own words and descriptions.

Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident. He leaves the Frampton sapphires to a young woman who shocks the family at his funeral, claiming to be his illegitimate daughter.

Despite the anger, shock and outrage the young woman manages to charm and capture the
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Angela Britnell
I started off really liking this story but became less enamored as it progressed. Despite the title it's set primarily in England at Lord Frampton's country estate. After his sudden death a young woman appears at his funeral claiming to be his illegitimate daughter. The reactions of his family are mixed but Phaedra's soon invited to become part of the family. The widow, after her initial shock, welcomes her as a daughter with what struck me as unnatural speed. Phaedra and the eldest son, David, ...more
Clare
Super predictable. I mean, all us readers knew the truth (about soooo many things, Julius, Dr, Phaedra) and we were just waiting for the characters in the book to catch on.

And what about the "ick! factor"? Never addressed by the main characters.

Despite a compliment from Julian Fellowes, this reminded me of early Penny Vincenzi, whom I used to devour.

Skip unless you really your sopa opera.
Linda
Feb 26, 2013 Linda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brit fans, chick lit fans, folks on vacation
This is a nice escapism read for Brit lovers. The estate where the Framptons live is almost alive in its descriptions. The family is interesting and the characters likeable, for the most part.
Anyone paying attention can figure out the plot surprise by the time they are halfway through the book. And further, anyone can predict the ending even if they are not paying attention, all tied up in a happy pink bow. I found the Phaedra/David relationship sort of creepy, first as a sort of incestuous one
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Tony Parsons
Set in Fairfield Park George Frampton (dad) has died in a mountain climbing accident. His wife Antoinette Frampton (mum), David Frampton (son), Joshua Frampton (son; Josh), Roberta Frampton (wife), Amber Frampton (daughter), Tom Frampton (son), Dowager Lady Margaret Frampton (grandmother; mother-in-law), Julius Beecher (attorney), & many others attend his funeral presided over by Reverend Joseph Morley & the reception/dinner.

Low & behold a mysterious beautiful woman Phaedra Chancell
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Annette Holwill
A predictable holiday read worth it for the 50p I paid for from the Combe Florey book mart
Bev Taylor
this is actually titled the summer house as well - just to confuse u!

antoinette's world has fallen apart. her husband has died in a ski-ing accident aged 58. he was everything to her and she knew him better than she knew herself - or so she thought

then at the funeral a girl called phaedra appears and says she is george's daughter - conceived before he met his wife he has also remembered her in his will

h/e is this the true story ?


it is quite obvious before u r ha;f way thru what the real truth
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Victoria
This was plesant enough but it didnt have the same spark as her others. It was a deep and emotional read to begin with but Phaedra (one of the main characters) got on my nerves a bit with her constant holier than thou, self help attitude. Nice enough to read on a long train journey but far not my favourite of hers.
Alison
Another fun story from Montefiore. I really enjoy her stories which usually include romance, a bit of mystery, deceit, friendships and a lot more. The author does a great job of weaving these elements together to create a great storyline. This is the story of the Frampton family and when Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident a young woman by the name of Phaedra appears at his funeral claiming to be his illegitimate daughter. The widow, her three sons and Lords Framptons mother all after having ...more
Debby
I receive this book in a First Reads Giveaway and the title had been changed to "The Summer House." Neither title really suits the book. The author often gets a bit flowery in her writing style. Classic story of a strange woman shows up at a funeral and the question everyone begs to know is who is she. The author gives the woman the ability to charm everyone and immediately she is able to ingrain herself to show them what they need in their lives. Of course, she is perfect. Thought there would b ...more
Gwen
A chick-lit, beach read kind of read. Lord Frampton suddenly dies, leaving his family devastated. At the funeral, in walks his unknown illegitimate daughter. Phaedra is charming and a ray of sunshine for this family. But there is a will involved and questions about who she really is. She is a half-sibling of 3 brothers, each with their own lives. As an undeniable attraction grows between David and Phaedra the realization of sibling blood proves intriguing.

I wish this had cut about 50 pages to t
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Keri Young-jolly
I received this book from a Goodreads First Read Giveaway.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read with a happy ending. I found the characters to be pretty likeable. Although I figured out what the "twist" was going to be I was still interested to see how it actually came about. The main thing that I did not like about the book was all the description of the scenery. I would have preferred it if some of that had been cut out. Other than that I liked the book. It was different than anything else
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Kelly
I had hoped for a fluffy good read featuring English countryside and a mystery but this book just got worse and worse. The plot was incredibly predictable but if you didn't pick up on it, it would have been kind of icky. The ending was icky even if you had figured it out and it was so contrived. The characters' relationships were artificial and the prose got worse and worse. I'll be ok not hearing the word "frisson" again or reading about things compared to "diamonds" for awhile. I think I shoul ...more
Faith
This book has been disappointing to say the least. I loved the older books by this author, namely "Meet me under the Ombu tree" , "forget me not sonata" , "the butterfly box" and " the swallow and the hummingbird". I remember that those books were beautiful and lyrical, touching and deep.

Her recent books however, have been incredibly shallow and I find that she is doing a lot of telling instead of showing in her writing, resulting in weak characters and a lack of depth in her newer books.

Not wor
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Julie Boon
This was the first book by Santa Montefiore that I have read and I wasn't sure what to make of it at the beginning as it was about an aristocratic family and I didn't think I would connect with the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised as I found myself wanting to read on to find out what happens! I must admit, I found it a bit hard going in the middle as not much seemed to be happening, but then it seemed to kick off 2/3 of the way through and I couldn't wait to get to the end where there ...more
Colleen Turner
I reviewed this book for www.luxuryreading.com.

The Summer House perfectly captures the various ways in which this upper class family handles their grief at losing its patriarch as well as the innumerable emotions they go through when Phaedra presents herself, many of which surprised me. Antoinette’s acceptance of her would-be step daughter and her deep need to have Phaedra in her life as a way of staying close to her husband were something I never expected and were really touching, especially as
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Born in England in 1970 Santa Montefiore grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. She read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University and spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires, where her mother grew up. She converted to Judaism in 1998 and married historian Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. They live with their two children, Lily ...more
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