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Moonlight over Paris

(The Great War #3)

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USA Today and internationally bestselling author Jennifer Robson takes readers to 1920s Paris in an enthralling new historical novel that tells the riveting story of an English lady who trades in her staid aristocratic life for the mesmerizing salons and the heady world of the Lost Generation.

It’s the spring of 1924, and Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr has just arrived in
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Nancy Elkington I, too, think you'll miss a good bit of story depth by not starting at the beginning. Robson uses an interesting technique of telling a story about a …moreI, too, think you'll miss a good bit of story depth by not starting at the beginning. Robson uses an interesting technique of telling a story about a set of primary characters with a number of secondary characters in the wings. In the next book, the central story focuses on a few of the secondary characters drawn to the front with the original characters moved to the side/rear. And the third book draws another of the minor/secondary characters from the first volume into the spotlight and adds new characters to the mix. Intriguing, layered, approach that is quite compelling to this reader.(less)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2016
The year is 1924 and Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr has decided that she will fulfill her life dream to become an artist. She has barely recovered from being seriously ill and because of almost dying does she want to explore more of life and not sitting home feeling sorry for herself after her ex-fiancé married someone else. Everyone thinks that she dump him because he was injured in the war, but the truth is that they both agreed to split since they didn't love each other. Her parents have ag ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was attracted to the novel because I enjoy early twentieth century stories set in Europe, and the Lost Generation, although captured many times in books, was a beacon of creativity and liveliness, and always ripe for the imagination. The author’s stats were also very impressive, and I was hoping for a story of substance. Although Robson writes clean, well-parsed sentences, I was disappointed in the formulaic, anodyne, and too-familiar story. The entire tale was predictable to me, and the chara ...more
Kate Hilton
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. Like Robson's previous novels, Moonlight Over Paris is meticulously researched and beautifully written. But there is something particularly irresistible about Paris in the 1920s. I cheered for Helena and Sam - for their relationship with each other, but also for each character's development from a citizen of the pre-war world into an individual of the modern age. Robson handles these vast social transitions with the subtlety and care of a serious historian - which, of course, ...more
nikkia neil
I love Jennifer Robson's books! You fall into another world and it is utter bliss. This is just the kind of book I love- art, love, philosophy, and life. Wish I could have lived back then ...more
Sandi
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the third installment of the series of The Great War. Going in, I wasn't that enthusiastic to read it because Helena had been such a minor character in the second book that I didn't feel any connection to her. I had no sense of wanting to see what happened next in her life.

And during the first couple of chapters that thought was pretty much proven out. After a near fatal illness, she decided to get away from the rumor mill and go live with her aunt in France. She also planned to attend a
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Gina *loves sunshine*
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, audiobook
Most people are normal book readers. They like good stories that transport them to another time and place. This book does just that! In the first few chapters, I was immediately caught up in the new life of Helena as she boarded her train from London to Paris!! The descriptions and the settings of each new day drew me in immediately. Her Aunt, the friends she meets, her Art classes, SAM....it all sets up very nicely and the story hums along. Around the 30% mark I think to myself.....wow I'm real ...more
Laura
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third Jennifer Robson book I have read in the last year. I LOVED IT!! A fantastically romantic story. Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr recovers from a near-death bout with illness. Once she recovers, she decides she wants to go to France to study art. In France she befriends a group of artists that allow her to really come into her own. Among those friends is the American Sam Howard. She is immediately smitten as is he but their relationship becomes distant and complicated. While in ...more
Andie
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm pretty much a sucker for any book set in Paris, but this is just a piece of preposterous trash. Lady Helena Montague-Douglas-Parr has been unlucky in love and then suffered a near fatal illness. So when her aunt invites her to come and stay at her home in France she goes off to study art in Paris for a year.

She meets a handsome American correspondent for the Chicago Tribune & sparks fly, but he has A SECRET that, of course causes endless misunderstandings until all are happily resolved in t
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Donna Alward
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book just reinforced why Robson is an autobuy for me. I gobbled it up and am eagerly awaiting her next release.

From the moment Helena set foot on the train from Calais, I was hooked. Robson's incredibly well-researched and evocative descriptions are paired with a lovely, independent heroine. Paris is as much of a setting as Helena, Sam, Aunt Agnes, and Helena's friends, and the addition of real-life artists and writers add a lovely sense of glamour. I've read all three of Robson's books, b
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KOMET
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
On the face of it, "MOONLIGHT OVER PARIS" can be seen as a continuation of Jennifer Robson's 2 previous historical novels: (1) 'Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War'; and (2) 'After the War is Over'. Yet, it can also be regarded as a stand alone novel for anyone who comes to it without having read the 2 aforesaid novels.

Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr (aka Helena Parr, Helena, or "Ellie" by her closest friends) figures prominently here. In the previous 2 novels, she was largely a peri
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Moonlight Over Paris is vibrant in setting and history. 1920s Paris comes alive under Jennifer Robson’s pen! The bond between an unlikely group of friends kept me invested in the story even when I found the main character herself difficult to relate to. Cameos from actual “influencers” of the time period intrigue and inspire further study of their lives. While beautifully crafted sentences drape every page, I do feel the book to be lacking a dimensionality that I could truly embrace. Likewise, s ...more
Emmy
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 20th-century, france
This one felt like more historical fiction than romance than the rest of the series. There still was the romance, but it took a back seat to Helena's life in Paris. And learning about moving to Paris and the art classes was interesting, but not really absorbing. ...more
Stacey
I couldn't stop. Now tomorrow is going to be very long, indeed.

Original review at The Book Adventures
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Katie
This is one of those books that I generally liked until the end and then I was bored. Also (view spoiler) ...more
Barbara
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Robson never fails to write a beautiful story. She brings a character or two from the previous books to just cement the story. It is post WWI and Lady Helena has come out of a very serious illness and her parents are trying to keep her sheltered. Helena feels the need to spread her wings and wants to get back to her art. She heads off to Paris, surprising her parents, to stay with her aunt and enrolls in art school as simply Helena Parr. There she makes Parisian artist friends and meets jour ...more
Lisa
This novel is better than Robson's first, Somewhere in France. One of the best things about it is the well-rounded nature of the protagonist's journey. It really is not much about the romance and is more about Helena's year in Paris, where she attempts to develop her talents as a painter and overcome the problems imposed by her family and English society. That is much more interesting that just a romance. The descriptions of Paris between the wars and especially Helena's visit to the markets of ...more
Sharlene
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Really enjoyed this book and quickly searched for and read her other books.
Patti
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good book - makes me desperate to visit Paris...
Didn’t get 5 stars because it isn’t as good as the Gown. Helene didn’t have the personal strength to make me love her completely.
Richard
This is possibly the best of the series. I enjoyed its details of Lady Helena's apprenticeship in a famous but very challenging Parisian art school. Along the way, various "ex-pat" celebrities make memorable cameos, including Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Sylvia Beach and others. ...more
Andrea Guy
Jennifer Robson is a wonderful writer for the period around WWI. After The War Is Over was a particular favorite of mine that I reviewed last year here.

Moonlight Over Paris takes place in the mid-twenties. I felt like Helena was a little bit like Edith from Downton Abbey, only a little more spunky. She really took charge of her life after her illness. I especially liked how hard she worked for what she wanted.

There are a few personal things about this book that made me smile. One is the use of t
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Paula Dembeck
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
When I picked up this book I did not realize it was the final book of a three part trilogy. The first book which I read and enjoyed was “Somewhere in France”. The second book which I have yet to read is “After the War is Over”. This novel, “Moonlight Over Paris” is the third in the series. As the trilogy rolls out, Robson pulls a character with a small role in one novel to be the main character in the following one. I like to read things in order but in this case Robson has written each book as ...more
Jennifer
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
I wanted to like this one more, honestly.

I did like Helena's determination to find a way to express herself through her art, but I wanted a more in-depth look at that struggle (a few arguments with her mentor just didn't cover that). And I liked Sam's straightforwardness (though I wished he had a few faults (view spoiler)
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Jolie Adam
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I genuinely enjoyed reading this novel as I consider it a periodic beach read set in Paris. It's a mindless read but has a few good elements of history that make you swoon (It is Paris after all). ...more
Stacey
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
This book had all the elements that usually appeal to me - a historical setting in the 20's, europe, a woman before her time, a love story. However, it really just didn't come together for me and felt a little lackluster as if the author were going through the motions of what was supposed to be in a love story - they meet, something prevents them from being together, they figure out a way around it, happy ending. I found there was a lack of passion in the interactions between Helena and Sam that ...more
Addie Thompson
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
It was fine. One of those books that took me some time to get into. When I did get into it I ran through it in two days. Cool story, just no substance. I’ve read novels that allude to the American Expats living in Paris in the 20s. This one just didn’t do it effectively. The allusions were more like name drops. By far the best character was Aunt Agnes. A woman before her time. I loved her. She is all the eclectic independent things I wish to be.
Karen Barbieri
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the light reading book.. I love Paris and enjoyed reading about places visited last year.
Sue Seligman
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the earlier books by Jennifer Robson, author of the recent, amazing novel The Gown. This story takes place in post World War I London and Paris. The novel opens in England as Lady Helena is close to death, battling scarlet fever. As she struggles to recover, she decides that she needs a change of scenery since she is unable to deal with the gossip and cruel stares of people within her social circle as a result of her broken engagement. Her aunt invites Helena to join her in Paris ...more
Amanda
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A satisfying third book to the series that began with After the War is Over. This time we follow Helena Parr, Edward's former fiancée, to Paris.

After Edward asked to be released from their engagement, Helena was the one who became persona non grata in the top crust of the titled and wealthy world she grew up in. For years she has been shunned and ignored by everyone except her family. After a near-fatal illness, she is determined to seize the reins of her life and find something that does not in
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Jess
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Helena and Sam's story. Similar to Somewhere In France (the first book of this series), Moonlight over Paris is a story that is all at once about a young woman developing her own identity, learning who she is and standing up for herself in the face of a family and society that she does not fit in with, as well as a beautiful love story. I give this one 3.5 stars because it didn't live up to Somewhere In France (but let's face it, that was a tall order) nor did it live up to Afte ...more
Craftnut
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet story of a woman trying to find herself after a broken engagement and a near fatal illness. As an artist, she accepts an invitation to stay with an aunt in Paris. Overall it is an acceptable story, nothing outstanding, with predictable outcomes. Good for a beach read, but not great literature. I haven't read the first two in the series, and I probably will pick them up if I see one in the used bookstore, but not one I'll seek out. ...more
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Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.

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