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Well written and researched historical fiction.
A vibrant and atmospheric tale.
The recounting of the history was more compelling than the personal drama. Harriet comments that the Franco-Prussian war is somewhat overlooked, I certainly knew little about it, and the only familiar event was the eating of zoo animals during the siege. The description of the progress of the war was illuminating.
The author invites us to draw parallels between Anna and émigré brides of today, with all the potential for social dislocation and dismissal. She also enables us to share an outsider’s view of France. However, I found it difficult to engage with Anna, and the city at large was the more vivid character.
Readers looking for nineteenth-century stories away from the obvious Napoleonic or British Empire settings might enjoy City of Dreams. It is, however, hard to classify. Although touching on battles, it is not a war book. There are sexual elements, but it is not a romance. It is, I think, best read as a reflection of Paris herself.
Technically the book was well turned out; proofreading was thorough. A few chapters ended with a couple of lines slipping onto a new page; a final edit would easily correct these.
The narrative is nicely written with a fine eye for detail and the author’s obvious love of history and skill at historical research shines throughout the story, so much so, the era really does come alive. The majestic splendour of sharing company with the Emperor Napoleon III during a rendition of La Belle Hélène at the opera house, and of chance encounters with Alexandre Dumas during intimate suppers at the Moulin Rouge, sit quite comfortably against the more colourful and lively description of washday in one of the city’s more salubrious washing sheds. The juxtaposition of vast wealth is counteracted against the descriptions of lives which are affected just as deeply by poverty and squalor.Read more ›
I loved this book. It has such depth of character and history so well woven together. I’m very much looking forward to book 2 in the series, ‘Following The Dream’.
If you’re looking for an historical novel that will compel you to keep reading, this is the one to choose!
Most recent customer reviews
I Loved this book. . Harriet Steel is a very good writer and is a fantastic story tellerPublished on 7 Jun. 2015 by Maureen Snowden
brilliant well written book where the action takes place in Paris in the 1800'sPublished on 11 May 2015 by michael ablett
I won a paperback copy of this book in a giveaway and was immediately glad that I did. The cover and finish are professional and eye catching and, though this is not my usual kind... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2014 by Wendy Unsworth
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and quickly became engrossed in the troubled life of its heroine and the turbulent times in which she lived. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2014 by Caroline Jay
A really good read which will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens to the hapless Anna. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2014 by T.Gee
Loved this, took me back into that very Era, felt as though I was there watching on the sidelines...Well done HarrietPublished on 1 Aug. 2014 by Kim stevenson