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Letters from Paris

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,660 ratings  ·  403 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Key comes the story of a mysterious work of art and the woman inspired to uncover its history in the City of Light.

After surviving the accident that took her mother’s life, Claire Broussard worked hard to escape her small Louisiana hometown. But these days she feels something lacking. Abruptly leaving her lucrative jo
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Berkley
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Kristine Ha! My husband is Cajun but hasn't been around that part in a long time. He even has trouble understanding and there's very little similarities in my …moreHa! My husband is Cajun but hasn't been around that part in a long time. He even has trouble understanding and there's very little similarities in my opinion! I have heard him communicate to other nationalities that speak french but it's more slang than a Paris french! =)(less)

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Julie ( On semi-hiatus until September)
Letters From Paris by Juliette Blackwell is a 2016 Penguin publication.

The characterizations are vivid and complex. The mystery compelling and the philosophy of art and history connects the reader to various themes such as the concept of ‘kinysugi—which treats breakage as part of history, leaving the blemish or flaw visible, not disguising it, which can be taken literally or metaphorically.

The story is also quite informative and taught me a great deal about art and history, and had me Googling a
Diana | Book of Secrets
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is the perfect read to wrap up the summer! Who wouldn't want a last-minute getaway to Paris, even if you're just an armchair traveler? LETTERS FROM PARIS is Juliet Blackwell's second contemporary novel set in the City of Lights. In this story, her inspiration comes from the mask of L'Inconnue de la Seine, a famous work of art from the turn of the last century. It was so interesting learning about the mask! Turns out I've seen her face many times before, but didn't realize it.

The story
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

I fell in love with L​ETTERS FROM PARIS the minute Claire walked into the warmth of her childhood home as she returned to take care of her dying grandmother.

Claire had left Louisiana right after college for a high-paying job in Chicago, but returned because her grandmother needed her. While Claire was ​in Louisiana, she found a treasure in the attic that she remembered from her youth and a treasure that her grandmother suggested had a secret that Claire may find the answer to if she went to Pari
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 & in a good way! You know when you pick up a book and have not so high expectations of it being any good or merely mediocre? This is what I initially thought of this book that has been in my bookcase for years. So I read it and it was what I needed at the moment. A cute chick-lit with a bit of Parisian history.

Claire promises her Grandmother on her death bed that she will go Paris and find the truth about the mask L'Inconnue, the unknown woman. Claire goes but feels empty inside. She gets no
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Intelligent, mysterious, and heartwarming!

This story is set in the City of Lights and takes us on a journey into the lives of three main characters. Claire, a young woman who decides to travel to Paris after her grandmother’s death to uncover the history and identity of an unexplainable piece of art; Armand, a brooding Frenchman who is trying to survive his own tragedies while also continuing the family legacy of mould
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Beautiful cover!

Juliet Blackwell returns following The Paris Key (2015) with LETTERS FROM PARIS — a sweeping historical family saga taking readers from Chicago to Louisiana to ultimately, Paris- to uncover secrets of the past.

Claire Broussard is ready to give up her life in Chicago when she receives a call regarding her sick grandmother. Claire (Chance) no longer felt like she was living the dream. She w
Deanna Lynn Sletten
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Beautiful. Intriguing. Captivating. These three words just begin to describe how I felt about this novel. The writing, the setting, and the storyline were all beautiful. The characters were intriguing. And what Claire uncovers in Paris is captivating. It is a story that holds your attention and keeps you wanting more.

Claire’s life in Chicago does not give her all she desires so when her grandmother becomes ill, she goes home to Louisiana, the place she once couldn’t wait to flee. There, she is c
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I had read a couple of depressing downers before this and needed something lighter. I really like France and am fascinated by the fashionable, grumpy people who live there. I loved that most of the book took place in France. The book was very true to French culture. I liked the WWII history that was included in the book. The modern story line tied to the past was interesting to try to figure out. I did predict the ending, but I still liked it. I now have a hankering t ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Juliet Blackwell, author of The Paris Key, takes us back to that city in another atmospheric, intriguing story, Letters from Paris. It's a story of longing, and pain, and loss, wrapped up in art, sculpture, food and wine, in secrets.

Claire Broussard has felt lost her whole life, as if she was left behind, with no place she felt comfortable. So, when her grandmother, Mammaw, in Louisiana, was dying, she quits her job in Chicago and goes home to the woman who raised her. There she is once again an
Cian O hAnnrachainn
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Female protagonist at loose ends in her life? Check.

Brooding male love interest with a few secrets in his artistic closet? Check.

Paris locale? Check.

Juliet Blackwell covers all the requisites for a work of romantic women's fiction in her newest release, LETTERS FROM PARIS. She gives her readers Claire Broussard, the orphan girl raised by her grandmother after her mother died and her father proved to be an abusive alcoholic parent. Claire ran from her past, all the way from Louisiana bayou countr
Judy Chessin
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I can get into chic lit... which this book was. The modern day character annoyed me some of the time and I had to fast forward when she got too ponder some (Part of this was a function of the narrator and her "intimate" reading style... that is what they say on the cover) However, I really enjoyed the story of the L’Inconnue de la Seine (the unknown woman of the Seine). She even has a Facebook page! That part of the story enthralled, and learning about her... was the best part of the b ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was like the author interviewed me for the lead character. I can relate to Claire. Everyone says the author nailed Paris but she nailed Louisiana as well. Makes me want to go play in Paris and soon.
This was on track for four stars but the modern day story got a bit cheesy toward the end. I feel this would make a good movie though
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book at the library thinking it would be like any other whimsical Paris romance, but it actually surprised me with its historical ties. Blackwell takes the legend of L'inconnue, a plaster mold/death-mask of an unknown woman, creates a backstory for her, and works her into the present via the heroine's search for the woman's identity. It was fun to read about mold-making and a classic Parisian legend while still reading something so lighthearted.
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel was not what I usually read, but I quite enjoyed it for what it was! I chose it because I will soon be making my first visit to Paris and I just wanted to read about enjoying the city. I really liked the book for that and Claire had the kind of experience that I would have wanted in my mid-20s. It's essentially a love story, but there is a tiny mysterious side-story as well, and I mainly read it for the setting!
Sandra McKenna
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an awesome story.

This is my first read by Juliet Blackwell, but definitely not the last.
A multi timeline set in mainly in the Paris art world, and spanning the late 19th century to present day. It is a journey of discovery, of long hidden secrets and lies, with lots of surprises.
The writer has been diligent in her research, and this well written story is one which I can't recommend highly enough.
Light, simple, and sweet with some interesting art history thrown in. And Paris. ;)
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Note there are mentions of suicides in this story.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Claire/Chance Broussard goes home to Louisiana to be with her grandmother as she lives out her last days. When she finds a broken piece of artwork in the attic. Her grandmother tells her to go to Paris. There is a story that goes with the artwork she found but she will only hear it in Paris. Soon after her grandmother passes Claire heads to Paris and the trip changes her life forever.

the unknown woman
As soon as Cl
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. In "Letters for Paris," Claire's dying grandmother sends her on a wild goose chase while on her death bed. Claire's grandmother says that she should go to Paris to try to figure out the mystery of a mask that had been in their family for years. What Claire doesn't know is that there may be a greater reason that Mawmaw wants Claire to go to Paris, one that will help Claire come to terms with her own past.

I love a story with a family secret. This book is full of them. You have the secre
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Claire escapes her small Louisiana Hometown for a better life in Chicago, where she goes to school and gets a lucrative job, only to find out it doesn’t bring her happiness. So she quits her job to go back to her small town life to care for her ailing grandmother. Upon her return home she finds a wooden crate from Paris at attic. It contains a broken sculpture – a mask of a young woman. At the urge of her grandma, she sets on a trip to Paris and searches for an atelier’s studio where the mask wa ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a beautifully, crafted story of love, secrets, family, beauty, and freedom. Claire may have reinvented herself once before after leaving Louisiana but she found her true identity when she came to Paris. This is where with each passing day I found that Claire grew more and more into an independent woman. Where it concerned Armand, he in the beginning came off as very abrupt and a man of few words but yet I knew he was a good man. I was right. He and Claire made a good couple.

The past had lo
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book - I only borrowed it from the library because it was available over a busy Christmas holiday, and I couldn't wait for some of my other books to arrive. I figured if nothing else, I could just listen to it halfway and abandon it once something else came in.

The writing is better than I expected, detailed and vivid, a perfect recreation of writing of Paris. As cheesy - and predictable - as I found the narrative to read, it was so well done that I didn
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely book! The present and past stories are both well-told and well-set; we the readers get to see connections that Claire and Armand in the present day can only guess at, though we know they guess right! The glimpse inside the art world of Paris late in the 19th century is intriguing, and it was great fun to learn more about the mask makers. I'd love to visit Moulange de Lombardi -- and that family place in the country!
Lynn Hinkforth
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. I will say, I didn't see the ending coming and I'm pretty good at seeing those endings.

Nice light read with nothing too heavy.
Janet Berkman
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Very predictable romantic plot. Narrator with appalling accent. But I kept listening :)
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! From the moment Claire returns to her childhood home I wanted to assure Claire that all would be all right and that she should go directly to Paris! I enjoyed the dual story line of Claire and Sabine; the "nasty" former English-speaking shop employee brought up many questions; but Paris! The setting was exactly where I spent two weeks in Paris with three great friends and what a wonderful way to revisit one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As an aside, the ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Behind the mask

A lovely story woven skillfully together with past and present. Claire grew up in Louisiana living with her grandmother after her mother's death in a car accident. As a child she discovered a mask of a beautiful woman in her great-grandfather's belongings and it becomes her friend during her childhood. She finds a note in the book which says "He will never let me leave alive." Captivated she heads to Paris to track down the mask maker. What she finds is poignant and beautiful.
Denise J.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful story. Family secrets discovered and unraveled. Historic mystery solved. Romance in Paris. Perfect summer read. The characters are so well developed that now I want to FaceBook "friend" them and keep up with their lives. Hahahah
Julie Lonczak
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful summer read. The story is finely crafted. The characters are interesting and pretty well developed. The author spins an intriguing story based on a true set of circumstances: an old plaster mask and all the speculation and folklore surrounding it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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