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Summary

1941, Nazi-occupied Paris: in the glamourous Ritz hotel, there is a woman with a dangerous secret.

As Coco Chanel’s assistant, Adèle lives side by side with German officers in the splendour of The Ritz hotel. But Adèle has a secret. She is working for the resistance, right under the Germans’ noses.

As occupied Paris becomes more and more dangerous, Adèle will have to decide if she can risk everything to save innocent lives and protect the man she loves.

Present day: Chloé’s grandmother has never spoken about the war and avoids questions about the legendary designer she once worked for. Now Chloé has come to Paris, to uncover the truth about Adèle’s life. But is she prepared for what she will find? And for the power of her grandmother’s secrets to change her family forever.

An absolutely gripping and heartbreaking wartime story of the enduring power of love, for fans of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Nightingale.

©2022 Lorna Cook (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A tale of deception, love and endurance.... It kept me reading into the small hours." (Glynis Peters, author of The Secret Orphan)

"A thrilling story of intrigue, love and the secrets shadowing two disparate women.... I couldn't put it down." (Adrienne Chinn, author of The English Wife)

"Stunning...I was completely hooked...and the twist ending was totally satisfying." (Kathleen McGurl, author of The Girl from Bletchley Park)

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Wonderful

I love all her books.This one is even better than her last.A great love story with real life history.Couldn’t put it down.Brilliant.

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The dress make a secret

A wonderful book which always has something to say and I am able to learn more about the history. Isn’t it good to pick up a book and think I never knew that! Thank you. I will read more of your books Lorna

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Absolutely loved it!

A fantastic story mixed with fiction and non-fiction. Exciting, gripping, a wonderful read. Highly recommend.

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Loved every minute of it

Really enjoyed every minute of this book. Great, almost educational story, well read. There’s no need to say more.