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....Continua
teaches me to buy hyped books. Frumpy American woman learns (from an old French book) that life is easier if you dress vell, can walk in high heels, have perfect hair, only own a small but perfect and designer wardrobe, hardly eat. No shit Sherlock. I thought there would have been a second layer of meaning, but no, it's really just about "what not to wear", pimped up with a bit of an absent husband/attractive colleague fluff....Continua