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The Only Sin
by Julie Ellis
From frontier Australia to Roaring Twenties New York and Nazi-occupied Paris, lovely Lilli Laval pursues romance - and the mystery of her aristocratic English father's identity. Deserted by the irresistibly handsome but profligate Jacques, she raises her two children - a a colossal cosmetics empire - alone. A millionairess, sought after by princes and celebrated for her ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 684 pages
Published 1987 by Grafton Books
(first published March 1st 1986)
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One of my to this day favorite books. It's an old one. My family owns a country house and we have a huge bookshelf of books and half of 'em are falling apart. I don't know why I picked this book to randomly read but I did. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I almost missed meals for it. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea and the start is kinda slow but once you get invested you can't put it down. It's been about a year and some change since I read it again but it has a female protagonist and she's a ...more
A saga covering 18 to 80 of Lilli Laval's life and all surrounding her struggles, heartaches to build a beauty business initialling to support her family but eventually to be and empire to leave to them. A strong passionate woman whose romantic live gave her much grief in her early years. I admit there were times I felt like reaching into the pages and shaking some sense into her. She's clever, hard working and family is all a true Jewish matriarch. Her life plays out over 2 world wars, the ...more
Not good, don't waste your time. The story sounds great on the back cover but the main subjects mentioned that intrigued me to read it played such a minor role in the book, it was very disappointing. It got repetitive towards the end and included subjects which were irrelevant to the characters and the story line.