Nicole G.'s Reviews > Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret

Mistress of Paris by Catherine  Hewitt
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bookshelves: 2020, biography-autobiography, mistresses-courtesans-prostitutes

A friend told me about this book and it piqued my interest. I thoroughly enjoyed this true tale of a poor gal brought up in the backstreets of Paris and her path to becoming one of the city's most well-known courtesans, reaping riches along the way. But more than that, she was a patron of the arts, both by amassing collections of paintings and sculpture as well as writing a novel and a play. Valtesse was a very smart woman, who learned to read the people around her and by doing so, was able to assimilate into all sorts of situations - "fake it until you make it," essentially.
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Reading Progress

November 9, 2019 – Shelved
November 9, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 12, 2020 – Started Reading
January 20, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020
January 20, 2020 – Shelved as: biography-autobiography
January 20, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 25, 2020 – Shelved as: mistresses-courtesans-prostitutes

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