In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she's stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation.
Alone in Paris, she finds an unlikely new friend: an obscure, middle-aged designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house whose timid nature and reluctance for fame clash with the bold brilliance of his designs. His name is Christian Dior.
Realising his genius, Copper urges Dior to strike out on his own, helping to pull him away from his insecurities and towards stardom. With just a camera and a typewriter, she takes her own advice and ventures into the wild and colourful world of fashion journalism.
Soon Copper finds herself torn between two very different suitors, questioning who she is and what she truly wants. As the city rebuilds and opulence returns, can Copper make a new, love-filled life for herself?
©2017 Marius Gabriel Cipolla (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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By larrybeans on 14-04-18

A great read

I really enjoyed this audible book - the story, setting, characters & visual images created. I was sad it ended rather abruptly, but very fashionably so. I am now researching Dior & other designers.

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By Linda on 18-10-17

Copper Is A Feminist Before It Was Cool—1944!

I got this book as a free book of the month from Amazon. It was delightful. I also bought the audible version and enjoyed listening to the narrative. I always like to listen to a good story read to me. This story was about Copper Reilly, a woman ahead of her time, from the U.S. living in Paris with her journalist husband. She wanted to write but he Pooh-poohed the idea as she was just a woman. She wound up writing for a friend who was there to write fashion stories but was usually too drunk or hung over to meet his deadline. She stepped in and found her work was liked and then...he died. She mourned the loss but then sent in his article and photographs under her own name and found that Harper’s Bazaar liked her. Copper became friends with Dior and his wild crowd of bohemians. She was young and beautiful and her husband was an unfaithful lout. She divorced him and became a well known writer and photographer. The book revealed much about the life in Paris in the early 40’s after it was liberated from the Germans. The book was interesting, historical, and had a good female character and everyone in general was excellent. I was unfamiliar with the author but will be looking for his books now. Interesting that he wrote under a female name and wrote romance novels until he could come out under his own name. Quite a well respected author;. Fun to find these free books and be introduced to new author or old authors you just heard about. A real treat. Saskis Maarleveld was great as narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By doctorJ on 12-11-17

One of the best books I️ have read this year. Simply fabulous must be enjoyed

I listen to books every day as I commute to and from work. This is one of the best stories I’ve heard recently. It is performed perfectly and leaves the reader wanting more. A terrific author wrote a terrific story in the midst of some fantastic historical fiction.

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