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Summary

An enchanting novel brimming with poignancy, humour, enchantment, and insight, this is a stunning debut. Imagine an Audrey Hepburn film in the present day....

It was a slim, grey volume entitled Elegance.... Louise Canova is at a crossroads in her life. Her marriage is faltering, and the insecurities of adolescence have returned to haunt her. Browsing in a second-hand bookshop, she stumbles across a faded grey volume.

Written by the formidable French fashion expert Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, Elegance is an encyclopedia of style. It promises to transform plain women into creatures of poise at all times. And from accessories to zippers, there is nothing that Madame Dariaux can't advise upon - including inattentive husbands, false friends, and the powerful bond between mothers and daughters.

When Louise vows to follow Madame's advice, her life is transformed in ways she never imagined. Within the book's pages lie clues to her own past. And as she begins to unravel them, she discovers a courage she never dreamt possible.However, everything, even elegance, has its price.

Starting with A and finishing with Z, Elegance is a unique journey of timeless fashion, true friendship, and the rare, unexpected gift of love.

©2015 Kathleen Tessaro (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Ultra-smart and classily edgy, this is the glitz novel brought up to date." ( Sunday Times)
"This debut novel is the perfect summer read - as delightfully fruity as a glass of Pimm's and with a similar kick, one that catches you unawares." ( Daily Mail)
"Funny, charming and a certain bestseller." ( In Style)
"A perfect pick-me-up." ( Cosmopolitan)
"This is a book all women will identify with, and you'll adore Louise, who's every bit as charmingly neurotic and nutty as Bridget Jones." ( Glamour)
"A brilliant read with fashion advice thrown in!' ( New Woman)

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Slow start but, persevere, second half has humour

Very slow beginning that would have benefitted from a serious editing. The story and pace massively improves from half way through and the writer injects some great humour and wit. Good narration who pulls the very best from the story and characters.

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I loved it!

The relaxed reading - very elegant - combined with the humour and thoughtful narrative made this a wonderful antidote to the stresses and pressure of daily life. A few good fashion tips too....