From the New York Times bestselling author comes this extraordinary masterpiece of historical fiction that will have you wiping tears from your face
Paris, 1939 While working at the Louvre, Eliane Dufort falls for talented painter Xavier. But when the Nazis occupy the city, Xavier leaves for England and Eliane must send her sisters to the country. Broken-hearted, she finds herself working with the mysterious Rose Valland on a dangerous secret mission for the French Resistance: to record all the priceless national treasures the Germans are stealing.
Present Day Desperate to escape her grief, Remy Lang arrives at a stunning private estate on the French Riviera. While working on her vintage fashion business, she discovers a catalogue of artworks stolen during World War II and is shocked to see a painting that hung on her childhood bedroom wall in Sydney. Who is her family, really? And does the Riviera house hold more secrets than Remy is ready to face?
Lush, engrossing and deeply moving, this is the story of the brave women who worked against the Nazis, told by the international bestselling author of The Paris Secret and The French Photographer.
'Lester's densely plotted new novel that leaves you almost as breathless as its colourful tapestry of lead characters' The Australian Women's Weekly (Guaranteed Great Read)
'Gripping from the first page, a compelling story of mystery and intrigue, and I couldn't put it down ... I loved the sumptuous French settings, the gorgeous art and fashions and fascinating true story of the Nazi theft of French artworks' TANIA BLANCHARD, author of The Girl from Munich
'The novel kept me up at night, turning the pages faster and faster' JANET SKESLIEN CHARLES, author of The Paris Library
'A vivid, nuanced and deeply moving depiction of women's courage in the face of unimaginable danger, sacrifice and loss. A superlative work of historical fiction - Natasha Lester's finest yet' CHRISTINE WELLS, author of Sisters of the Resistance
'A page-turning story of love, loss, and redemption... a must read' KRISTIN BECK, author of Courage My Love
A poignant and gripping story of love, sacrifice, and the power of art to shape history and embolden the human spirit in its darkest moments. Beautifully rendered and exquisitely detailed, The Riviera House is another stunning, spellbinding novel from Natasha Lester. Her best yet! - CHANEL CLEETON, author of Next Year in Havana
With satin smooth prose and a plotline of intricate lacework, Natasha Lester tailors a sophisticated show-stopper of a novel ... Powerful and moving, with important things to say about the value of art to humanity, The Riviera House is a gorgeous novel, journey and destination. - STEPHANIE DRAY, author of America's First Daughter
A gripping and heartbreaking tale sweeping from Nazi-occupied Paris to the sun-kissed coast of southern France, The Riviera House is a story that will stay with me for a long time. Tres bien! - POSY LOVELL, author of The Kew Gardens Girls
In her captivating exploration of the Nazis' ruthless plunder of artwork during World War II and the daring, brilliant women who helped save priceless masterpieces, Natasha Lester has opened a door to the past that readers will not soon forget. By interweaving her beautifully told historic tale with a compelling modern-day narrative, The Riviera House explores the manner of how beholden the present is to the women of the past. - MARIE BENEDICT, author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
Natasha Lester is the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress, The French Photographer and The Paris Secret, and a former marketing executive for L'Oreal. Her novels have been translated into many different languages and are published all around the world.
When she's not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, practising the art of fashion illustration and reading about history. Natasha is a sought-after public speaker and lives with her husband and three children in Perth, Western Australia.
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