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The Last Will And Testament Of Daphné Le Marche Paperback – 8 Sep 2016
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Kate lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children and two dogs, and can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and watching trash TV or French films.
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The Last Will and Testament of Daphné Le Marche is an intriguing story about a fascinating family. The Le Marche family has plenty of secrets and I couldn't wait to find out what they were. The story gripped me from the start and I read this book in one sitting. I loved that it's set in several countries, that it's filled with strong female main characters and that there are many surprising twists and turns. I was captivated straight away and fell in love with Daphné's beautiful products. Kate Forster manages to bring so much of life into the Le Marche family members, the struggling Le Marche company and the love lives of her main characters, which is absolutely fantastic.
Celeste and Sybilla aren't alike in many ways and I loved that they each had a distinct personality. They both learn to fight for what they believe in. I like books about independent women and they're great examples of capable feminine main characters. Sybilla isn't used to living in luxury, she's down to earth and really smart. Celeste is glamour personified, she's stylish without much effort and even though she has her insecurities she knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to go after it. It was fun to read about both women as well as their mothers. Robert is another kind of person altogether. He's unkind, brooding and dark and he's angry about the past. His character is interesting and he brings a lot of unexpected commotion. The personalities of the main characters are carefully created and together they bring a wonderfully complete family history.
Kate Forster's writing style is easy to read. Her story is fast-paced and set in different times and countries. I enjoyed the variety, the whirlwind of emotions and the complex family relationships. Love is an important element of the story and Kate Forster manages to form some amazing connections. The Last Will and Testament of Daphné Le Marche is a terrific book filled with spectacular developments and shocking revelations. I had loads of fun reading this novel and highly recommend it.
To set the scene, as it took me a little while to get my head around the relationships; Daphne is the matriarch who has just died and she had two sons - Robert and Henri. Robert was married to Matilde (now divorced) and had two daughters - Camille (now deceased) and Celeste. Henri (now deceased) was married to Elisabeth (now remarried to Gordon) and had one daughter, Sibylla - known as Billie.
Daphne decided to leave her skincare company to Celeste (who lived in France) and Billie (who lived in Australia), bypassing her remaining son Robert whom she had fallen out with, on the proviso that they both moved to London and ran her company together for a year and a day before they could even think about selling it.
This was obviously a shock to both girls, especially Billie. She had no real recollection of her Father's family as her Mother had nothing to do with them once he died, hating them and poisoning her daughter's feelings for them, and she changed their name from Le Marche to just March. Billie knew nothing about this and so it was all a big shock realising who her Father's family, and her family, was.
Celeste was a spoiled brat who had everything handed to her all her life, didn't work and was having an affair with a married man, whilst Billie worked hard for everything she got and was so much more 'normal' so throwing them both together to run the company was interesting!
The story alternated between Daphne's life and the current storyline after her death and worked really well. Billie was 'normal' anyway, but Celeste's character certainly developed for the better as the story went on and she realised she needed to take responsibility for her life and stop playing around. There were a few trials and tribulations to sort out as the story went on, mainly involving Robert - horrible man - and a few skeletons came out of the closet involving the family too.
This was one of those books that I didn't want to put down as I kept wanting to know what happened next, the storyline just drew you in and it never flagged at all throughout the whole book. One of my favourite books this year.
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