The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman audiobook

The Velvet Hours

By Alyson Richman
Read by Tavia Gilbert  and Kate Reading

Blackstone Publishing 9780425266267
11.46 Hours Unabridged
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As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young Frenchwoman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return. An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian had cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe’s tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loves.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick for September 2016

A Pop Sugar Best Books of Fall 2016

As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young Frenchwoman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return.

An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian had cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe’s tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path.

Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Two remarkable performances grace this romance inspired by true events. Tavia Gilbert and Kate Reading shine as Solange and her grandmother, Marthe…Gilbert delivers a youthful Solange, filled with trepidation…As Marthe, Reading is simply stunning. Her voices, her accents, and her emotions are utterly credible. The vivid painting of Marthe, the men in her life, a string of priceless pearls, a world on the edge of collapse, and the growing tenderness between two women make this an audiobook listeners won’t want to miss. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A beautiful and compelling portrait of two women facing their unknown past and an unimaginable future.” Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A masterful mix of the glamour of the Belle Epoque and the shadows of impending war.” Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
“Richman deftly weaves fact and fiction to create an enthralling tale of love and sacrifice in The Velvet Hours…Highly recommended.” Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
“The lush atmosphere of the Belle Époque and the stress of the coming war, the wonderful relationship between the women, along with the fascinating historical backdrops draw readers into a lavish, beautifully written novel.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“[An] opulent story of passion and transformation.” New York Journal of Books
Poses the idea that even the most well-intentioned life can hold guilt, and even the most aimless can find absolution. Imaginative, rich, and emotionally satisfying, The Velvet Hours is a treasure.” Jewish Book Council
“The intricate details of the clothing, social mores and interior decoration of the time have been meticulously researched, the meeting of different cultures is convincingly and lovingly depicted, as is the difference between the two women, the lives they embrace, and the men they love.” Catholic World Report

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Author Bio: Alyson Richman

Author Bio: Alyson Richman

Alyson Richman is the internationally bestselling author of The Lost Wife, The Rhythm of Memory, The Last Van Gogh, and The Mask Carver’s Son, among others. Her novels have been published in more than fifteen languages and have received both national and international acclaim. She loves to travel, cook, ride her yellow bicycle, and do ballet.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 11.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English