Review: Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maude has run off from the poverty stricken countryside and from living under her father thumb to live in Paris. She was expecting to live a life of fun and excitement, glamour and extravagance. However she is finding it hard to earn a pittance and is living in a hovel.

One day she applies for a job and to her surprise is offered the position on the spot. A few moments later she is ushered into another room with the other workers and what she witnesses comes as a huge surprise. The job is to be a “Belle Epoque” which is described as being the paid plain or ugly companion of a wealthy society girl or woman whose position is intended to enhance the natural beauty of the girl or woman. Maude is horrified by the description of the position but inevitably decides to take it on.

However one strange caveat of Maudes first position is to act as just a friend to her companion and never mention that she is a Bell Epoque as she has been hired by the clients mother. Through this Muade is faced with many difficulties and hurdles to cross from her client, the clients mother and other family members and the employers at the Bell Epoque agency.

Comments: Beautiful imagery and description of fashion, society and Paris. Highly researched and descriptive with historic references and great detail surrounding the life of a Belle Epouque .

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