The Velvet Hours

During these seven years living my own love story in the City of Lights, I’ve read quite a few others. One of the most romantic tales to date is the latest novel by international bestselling author Alyson Richman.

The Velvet Hours takes you into the lives of two women in very different circumstances, connected by a common thread. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Richman composes a glamorous love story set in the period of the Belle Epoque. In colorful accounts of her life, Marthe de Florian recounts this story to granddaughter Solange. Marthe describes herself as A  woman of the demi-monde, the half-world. Caught between beauty and darkness. In some ways trapped, but in other ways completely free.

As the mysterious life of this beautiful courtesan is revealed to her, Solange tries to make sense of her own. She finds refuge in the company and stories of her grandmother as Germany invades France and Europe prepares for war. In time, she learns the secrets of her family history, and discovers her own unique path.

In lieu of Valentine’s Day, I share this book with you, written in Richman’s characteristic poetic prose. You can easily imagine yourself walking the streets of Paris, intertwined between the lives of Marthe and Solange. The Velvet Hours is certain to become a favorite of any romantic Francophile.

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9 Comments

  1. Darina February 12, 2017

    Beautiful book! I read it last year and I will re-read it someday. Love the story of Marthe de Florian.

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  2. richard Nahem February 12, 2017

    I chose this book for my Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month
    http://www.ipreferparis.net/2017/02/eye-prefer-paris-book-of-the-month.html

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    • Kasia February 17, 2017

      Great choice, Richard! Hope you enjoyed it.

      Reply
  3. Carrie @ Season It Already! February 13, 2017

    This one has been on hold at the library for me! Looking forward to it.

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    • Kasia February 17, 2017

      Hi Carrie, you will love this book! Happy reading!

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  4. Gosia Bojanowski February 13, 2017

    I never been to Paris so reading stories set there make me feel like I know it at least a little bit

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    • Kasia February 17, 2017

      You are preparing yourself to fall in love with Paris when you visit.

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  5. Theresa February 13, 2017

    This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to read it someday!

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    • Kasia February 17, 2017

      I definitely recommend it! It’s a unique historic love story.

      Reply

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