Monday, June 3, 2024

Book of the Week: Overture by Vanessa Couchman #HistoricalFiction #FrenchHistoricalFiction #RecommendedReading

* Book of the Week *


by Vanessa Couchman

All Marie-Thérèse wants to do is sing, but everything conspires against her dreams.

France, 1897.

Born to a modest farming family, Marie-Thérèse has a remarkable singing voice and wants to become a professional singer. But too many obstacles, including her parents' opposition, stand in her way. Through no fault of her own, she makes a dangerous enemy of the local landlord.

The family circumstances change suddenly. Marie-Thérèse and her mother must move to Paris to work in her aunt's restaurant. Her ambitions rekindle, but the road to success is paved with setbacks, until a chance meeting gives her a precious opportunity.

She is close to achieving all her dreams, but the ghosts of the past come back to haunt her and threaten Marie-Thérèse's life as well as her career.

Overture is the first in a trilogy set in France, starting in 1897 and finishing at the end of World War II.

Praise for Overture:

'Vanessa Couchman has the ability to bring history to life and this book was no exception.'
~ The French Village Diaries

'The story is beautifully written, rich in period detail and perfectly evokes the sights, sounds and smells of early 20th century France.'
~ Kate Braithwaite, bestselling author of The Girl Puzzle

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