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In 1920s Paris, a young woman will lose everything… and finally discover what truly matters most.

Tatiana Vytenis has worked hard to leave her past behind. Once a ruined Russian princess in hiding, she is now a sought-after model and engaged to Gérard de Sainte-Vierge – a handsome, if occasionally overbearing, aristocrat. With the Sainte-Vierge heirloom ruby sparkling on
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Kindle Edition, 468 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Bookouture
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June
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ng
As someone with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian literature, I have notes:
+ Russian female patronymics end in -ovna or -evna; the book's use of "Irina Petrova Vytenis" and "Tatiana Ulianova Vytenis" is just plain wrong.
+ Vytenis is a Lithuanian men's first name, not a Russian nobility surname.
+ The nickname for Tatiana is Tanya, not Tatya.
+ Ulian is an uncommon first name, and less likely for a member of the nobility.
+ Russian noblewomen had their father's rank (princess,
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Robin Loves Reading
Tatiana Vytenis has escaped a difficult past. She started off living the life as a Russian princess. However, her life was ruined and she had gone into hiding. She revived herself and because a model that everyone wanted. Meanwhile she was happily engaged to an aristocrat, Gérard de Sainte-Vierge, but then her life suddenly unravels.

First of all, Gérard's brother creates an incredible problem for Tatiana. Thus begins her whirlwind of unhappiness. Then something even more tragic occurs and she
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Amber Garabrandt
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a great amount of interesting pieces here. I loved the descriptions of the dresses, the places, Regan's photography. I found all those pieces utterly charming, and actually wish there was a bit more of that here. The premise was extremely interesting- when you had your security stolen from you and your family at an early age, what would you do to gain it back? Would you link yourself to a man that could keep you safe? What would you do to keep him? While I didn't agree with most of ...more
J_Mc 251
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. I thought that most of the characters were vivid, and they were a good representation of the different types of people one would find in post-WWI Paris. The plot was not hard to follow, but readers should be aware that it is not exactly a linear read; a lot happens, and there are memories woven into current action. It is not hard to follow but could take some concentration to understand the characters’ motivations and actions. It is still a great read. For a ...more
Janice
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can we please all first just take a moment to admire the stunning cover of this book? Right … done? We can move on then …

Born into Russian royalty, Tatiana Vytenis and her family are forced to flee their homeland. Together with her mother, sister, brother-in-law and young niece she has made a life for herself in Paris. It’s the 1930’s and as much as she would like to, she just cannot leave behind the memories of the trauma of her past. She buries this deep within her and holds her head up high,
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Emma Crowley
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was several chapters in to Natalie Meg Evans new book The Paris Girl, set in 1920's Paris, before I realised it was a continuation of sorts from her previous book The Secret Vow. It was only as the name of one of the characters husband was mentioned that it struck me as being familiar, then I went back and checked and I was right. Even if this had not been a follow on book I would have read it regardless because I have loved all the authors previous books. But I was even more eager to read it ...more
The Cris Corner
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply perfect
I like the most is it’s a story with a speed pace that it doesn’t let you put down the book. The author describes many details of the background that it gets you feel part of the Parisian society of 1920 and belong to the fashion world of that time.
Natalie Meg Evans’books don’t let me down ever, indeed, I’m looking forward to the next
Helen
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I was greatly intrigued by the synopsis for this book - a Russian Princesses now model, French noblemen (if a somewhat shady Marquis), the classic ‘American (photographer) in Paris .... it looked to have the right ingredients - all set to the backdrop of Paris 1920s - what could go wrong?

There were some interesting aspects to this tale. The definite positives are the rich descriptions of place and time; the modelling scene and accompanying photography is lavish. In fact, I wish there were more
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Sharon
I was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. It’s very striking and the colours are amazing. The book is based in Paris in the 1920’s. It follows the story of Tatiana Vytenis, a Russian princess who is in hiding. Now a model and engaged to aristocrat, Gérard de Sainte-Vierge, since Tatiana fled Russia she has literally gone from rags to riches. Unfortunately, Gérard is not all he seems and will stop at nothing to save his reputation. Carrying on from the author’s previous book, ...more
Lee Husemann
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story that takes place in Paris in the early 1920s in the fashion industry. Tatiana Vytenis is a Russian princess who is a fashion mannequin as they were called back then. She is engaged to a real cad, Gerard de Sainte-Vierge whose brother, Armand, is in love with Tatiana. Gerard's mother does not think Tatiana is good enough for her son and she wants him to marry his rich cousin. There are lots of different story lines taking place and there are a lot of characters to keep ...more
Karen
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful cover.....the main character Tatiana and her mother and sister escaped Russia when the Bolsheviks killed her father. After they settled in Paris she was employed by a fashion house and became engaged to Gerard a nobleman. I love the time period and thought this would be a good book. It just did not work for me. At times it was a trashy romance and I just could not have empathy for Tatiana., 2.5 stars
Julie
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found the twenties an interesting period to set a book in Paris and the backdrop of the fashion industry is a refreshing change from the usual wartime stories. This book has real depth of character and the twists and turns will keep you turning the page.
The author has a feel for Parisian society of the time and this is a fascinating read. The reader cannot but empathise with Tatiana’s fate as she goes from rags to riches and back to rags again. The addition of an American photographer adds
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eyes.2c
A Russion model with a past, a Marqius with a dreadful family, a vicious brother and a photographer. Set against the background of 1920's Paris this novel should have everything going for it. And sometimes it does. At other times I found I lost interest. The intensity outdid itself, the frenetic pace exhausted me.

A Bookoutre ARC via NetGalley
Deanna Sletten
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting, well-written story full of plot twists. I liked that it was set in Paris in the 1920s, definitely an interesting era for that city. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Sharlene
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very compelling look into the life of a ruined Russian princess hiding in the world of fashion in 1920s Paris. Intrigue, mystery and love will keep you up late reading.
Deanna Walker
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
Wow! I absolutely loved it! Can’t imagine what Tatinana going through a lots but stubborn...it was excellent story and enjoyed it very much...

Looking forward to read more book from this author soon...

Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture And Natalie Meg Evans for the advanced copy...
Mystica
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Tatiana is from the Russian aristocracy and she seldom forgets that. Now that she has escaped the Revolution and is forced to work for a living, albeit a model in a fashion house which is a comfortable job but she seems to attract and make trouble wherever she goes.

Engaged to a stuffy Frenchman Tatiana looks at Gerard her fiancee as a means to an end. To not have to work, to not have to do anything but just to live a life of comfort and idleness. (Not very likable upto now) The problem arises
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Nicki
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
What a saga! I loved being transported to 1920s Paris and particularly the fashion industry of that era. The descriptions were wonderful and made me want to go back in time so that I could discover Paris from a century ago. I spent a fair amount of time Googling different place names as I was reading, fascinated by the author’s descriptions.

Tatiana left me so conflicted! Sometimes I felt so sorry for her, sometimes she infuriated me and sometimes I liked her, even wondering what she was up to
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Annette Jordan
An evocative slice of historical fiction, The Paris Girl by Natalie Meg Evans takes the reader back to Paris in the 1920's , a world of glamour, glitz and couture. Formerly a Russian Princess, exiled Tatiana Vytenis is now working as a model for an up and coming fashion house. Desperate for security ,she clings to her aristocratic fiance Gerard de Sainte- Vierge despite the disapproval of his autocratic mother who believes he should marry someone more suited to his standing. To further ...more
loopyloulaura
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1920s Paris against a backdrop of the aftermath of World War One and the Russian Revolution, The Paris Girl is the story of displaced Russian Princess Tatiana. She is engaged to aristocratic Gerard but his brother Armand, deeply disturbed by his war experience, is madly in love with her.
American photographer Regan is an unlikely saviour for Tatiana but comes to her rescue time and time again. There are plenty of dramatic twists and turns which throw the pair together…
Tatiana is a really
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Laurean Wilson Reynolds
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Huge fan of NMEvans

I think this is the best one yet, and I've read 4 of NMEvans exciting, intriguing, stylish, and emotional stories of Paris in the 1920-30s. This is the sequel to The Secret Vow, and we have more of Tatiana, the wild, zany, haughty, damaged sister, who you will love to hate or hate to love. Evans' characters are far from perfect and come to life in her action packed stories centered in fashion houses of Paris. Loads of drama, delightful dialogue, details of food, places,
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Elaine Moore
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, nyc, paris
Wow! This is the best book I've had the pleasure of reading in some time. Set in 1930's Paris, it tells the story of Tatiana, a Russian princess, and her remaining family members whose plight forces them to leave their homeland. Tatiana works as a mannequin at the fashion house Javier, an esteemed company that her family has invested their money in. Tatiana is thrilled when when wealthy Gerard proposes to her. Not to give the plot away, at age 23 Tatiana fears poverty and abandonment after her ...more
Alina
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Betrayal, despair and quandary are three words that describe Natalie Meg Evans' new novel "The Paris Girl".

The story starts off with an engagement of Russian former aristocrat Tatiana to a wealthy French nobleman, that sets a number of despondent events that would follow the young Russian princess. As the novel progresses, we follow Tatiana's storyline which tends to change at a rapid speed. The first half of the book was thrilling and I could not get enough of the story. The novel covers major
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Jacinda Literature Babe
1920 Paris is alive and stunningly reimagined in the latest work by Natalie Meg Evans.

Tatiana Vytenis is a young Russian princess-completely ruined-who begins a new life in Paris, as a fashion model at one of France's most successful Haute Couture Houses. Highly successful and much sought after, she falls under the spell of Marquis Gerard De Sainte-Vierge.

She truly believes that her life will begin again with love, a ring, and a title; Marquise De Sainte-Vierge.

However her aristocratic fiancee
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Kendra Westerberg
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The Paris Girl has asks a compelling question: If your sense of security were brutally taken from you, what kind of trauma might you suffer, and how far would you go to reclaim it? Tatiana is faced with that very question after fleeing the Russian Revolution, and she makes a series of bad choices in an attempt to regain that security. I didn’t particularly like her, as I found her pushy and surprisingly naive. All characters are fully developed, though, and while they are a bit one dimensional, ...more
Krystal
Tatiana and her family, former Russian royalty, were banished from Russia and now live in Paris. Settled in Paris in the 1920s, Tatiana is engaged to a aristocrat whose brother also has an unhealthy obsession with her. She soon learns that her fiancé would be willing to ruin her to save his reputation. The story follows the story of her ruin and her attempt to piece her life back together.

I love that this historical fiction is not set in a war circumstance but in Paris during a relatively calm
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Kathleen Gray
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Tatiana has escaped Russia for the beautiful city of Paris but not all is well. She's engaged to Gerard who might be an aristocrat but he's also a cad (and pretty much pond scum). Regan, an American photographer, comes to her rescue and well, romance ensues. I really wanted to like this-it's got a great premise- but for some reason the characters didn't grab me. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this for its portrayal of Russian emigres in 192os Paris. Those ...more
Debra Schoenberger
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I admire a writer when they are able to evoke an emotional to one or more of their characters.
However, in "The Paris Girl" I found it almost impossible to feel any interest in the novel's main character. In fact, I was totally annoyed with her and the plot didn't keep my attention long enough to want to finish it, which is a shame because the topic of fashion in Paris after the first world war as well as the role photojournalists played in promoting high fashion was really quite interesting.



 Bookoholiccafe
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tatiana, a sought-after Model in Paris is trying everything she can to leave her past as a Russian princess. And be a happy marquise who is now engaged to Gerard, an arrogant man of quality.

It is time for Tatiana to feel happy and enjoy her life is still has more for her. One night in a café located in Montparnasse she finds out that Gerard and his brother have secret dark side. And she understands that Gerard will easily ruin her life to save his own reputation.

Tatiana is being miserable after
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Sarah MacIntyre
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable novel. A great historical fiction book. I loved reading about post war Paris - the descriptions are so vivid I wanted to jump back in time to that era. A world of couture is fascinating revolving back and forth from Paris to New York. Tatiana, the main character has been through a horrific back story but has embraced the good life in Paris and is on her way to riches again with her new fiancé. The character of Regan is so engaging. A great read.
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Being a published writer has been Natalie Meg Evans’ goal from an early age. Having achieved her dream, she extracts maximum fun from it by writing the kind of books she has always loved reading. Plotty and immersive, her novels go behind-the-scenes of glamorous worlds, be that haute couture, millinery or the theatre. Her professional experience includes public relations, freelance copywriting and ...more
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