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"Just pretend that the man you wish to marry is standing before you," the designer instructed Anthea as she waited to model the wedding dress in the grand finale of his Spring Collection. But the man Anthea wished to marry was out there in the salon-with the woman who had taken Anthea's place as his future bride!...

Title : Under the Stars of Paris
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ISBN : 9780373019649
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 193 Pages
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Under the Stars of Paris Reviews

  • Naksed
    2018-11-01 15:38

    Such a sweet, chaste, romantic little surprise of a book. It reminded me a lot of the film Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, with a similar storyline of a young girl being swept up by total chance into the world of high fashion. Anthea is a young English girl who has recently been abruptly jilted by her self-centered, cold, fiance and simultaneously abandoned by her already quite neglectful, artist father, so that she finds herself penniless, with no prospects, living in a cold attic room, in Paris, with only a few days before the end of both her lease and her meager savings. At the eleventh hour, she is "discovered" randomly by the executive assistant of Florian, one of the most famous fashion designers in Paris and whisked to his fashion house to see if she will be a good "fit" (pardon the pun) for the show-stopping finale of his collection, the bridal dress, since the model he was going to use has had an unexpected, ill-timed accident.He stopped suddenly and stared at Anthea, who was standing at the far end of the platform. Then, in a very quiet but completely carrying a voice, he said,"Walk towards me-as though you liked me-and were coming to greet me."I thought the author did a fantastic job of capturing the fantasy of that golden era of Paris haute-couture fashion houses, where a new collection could make headlines, every garment was a museum-worthy work of art, and every fashion show a breathtaking performance as dramatic as a Puccini opera.Besides the love story, in which the author cleverly keeps the reader guessing as she slowly and meticulously sets up a love triangle, the design world, with all its intrigues, artistic temperaments, cut-throat competitiveness, backstabbing and jealousies were a hoot to read about, without going over the top. There is one garment in particular, an exquisite cloak of white mink, that plays a central part in one of the most emotional episodes of Under the Stars of Paris, which shows that clothes can not only be merely decorative, they can be used as instruments of revenge, scorn, defiance, and yes, even understanding and love.All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Its romanticism, elegance, and sweet, old-fashioned vibe were definitely different from the usual Harlequin books that are so over-the-top and filled with punishing kisses and grabby hands. I enjoy those too, mind you, but this was a very nice breath of fresh air.

  • Julz
    2018-10-24 12:26

    What a surprise this one was! You're not going to get much out of me. I can't tell you anything or it'll ruin it. Don't read any spoilers and just go in and see where it goes. It's an older story so not a lot of hot lovin'. A lot of filler about life as a "mannequin" (oldie for model) but I found it interesting. I just thought it was really clever. No hard limits (unless a book without a lot of dark action is a hard limit ;D). But I do recommend this. Very unusual.

  • Leona
    2018-10-30 14:41

    Mary Burchell has such a unique style in her writing. I was shocked to say that up till the end of the book, I wasn't quite sure who the hero was. (view spoiler)[ Unsuspecting to me, since the hero is actually written as a "slight, fair haired man with beautiful hands, thinning hair and the air of an exhausted and impatient schoolboy."(hide spoiler)]I'm not sure I have ever read a book, where I didn't know which man was actually the love interest. At least, not in a category romance. But in typical Burchell fashion, this book is about so much more. About life in a large, beautiful city for a young woman entering the fashion world and all the pettiness, hatred and jealousies that exist in that world. This was an absorbing, entertaining read.....

  • Sarah Mac
    2018-11-14 08:21

    Cute little romance. Though when I say 'cute,' I'm well aware of my own jaded tastes for flamboyant bodice-shredding & melodrama. ;) This was originally published in the mid-1950s, & taken in that context one could almost call it edgy. Though it's squeaky-clean in terms of romance & language, all the sparkly trappings (Parisian streets, fashion houses, glam clothes, opera, backstabbing, cocktail parties, gossip, suggestions of mistresses, & broken engagements) must have seemed like June Cleaver's version of Danielle Steel. The prose, also, was clean & competent, but not dumbed down like too many modern trash authors (or even those awful 'inspirational' romances *barf*); rather, it has a definite Audrey Hepburn feel, both in character & story.4 stars, sweet & entertaining. I'll try this author again when/if the mood strikes for something different from my usual fare.

  • Lolene
    2018-11-09 15:49

    Ha, ha! Another Mary Burchell romance from my misbegotten youth...a guilty pleasure. Burchell is a hoot to read...her characters are always principled people, there is NO hanky-panky, ideals are high...and the writing itself is so old-fashioned as to be charming. I read a Burchell aloud to Janna just last night, and we were laughing so hard at her turn-of-phrase. Who says things like, "Aunt Ellen seemed impressed by her sister's vehemence, even to the extent of admitting a glimmer of light into the general gloom of her prognostications"? The writing style reminds me of the old Nancy Drew mysteries I used to love as a kid...where they used words like "roadster" and "frock."I think I read Burchell occasionally because it's a safe place and time.

  • Jane
    2018-11-05 08:50

    Another vintage romance from a gentler time (published in 1954). I'm going through an old box of Harlequin romance novels from when I was a kid, and I needed one after reading descriptions in Publishers Weekly of the "romance" books due out soon. Today's "romances" are more about the shock factor than they are about the romance. I'm so over the erotica trend!Anyway, this was a pleasure to read, as it was written by Mary Burchell, even though it's not one of her best.

  • Fiona Marsden
    2018-11-18 10:26

    Mary Burchell is one of my stand by authors that I can read over and over again. I'm not sure how many times I've read this one but it's lovely and I never get bored with it.Anthea, the heroine, is still stunned from being dumped by her fiancé a couple of months prior to the start of the book. Her father has remarried to a woman who doesn't want her around so she goes to Paris to make a fresh start which doesn't work out. Until the day she uses her last few francs for a hairdo and is spotted by a woman who works for the great clothes designer Florian. They need a particular type to replace a model with a broken leg only a few days before a major show.Anthea is drawn into this new world and intrigued by Florian, the slight, rather world weary designer. Nothing at all like the modern alpha males we are used to seeing.She is also befriended by Roger Senloe, the cousin of the woman who is to marry Anthea's ex. He is a charming and friendly Englishman who makes her life in Paris a happy one.

  • UnusualChild{beppy}
    2018-11-07 16:29

    synopsis:anthea was dumped by her fiance and her father re-married, so she fled to paris. too proud to ask her father for money, she is down to her last few pieces when she decides to get a haircut. she is spotted by a woman who decides that she would be the perfect fill-in for a model who broke her leg and can't fulfill her job for a clothing designer. anthea steps in and is wonderful. along the way, in addition to florian, the designer, anthea meets roger, who is the cousin of the woman for whom her fiance dumped her. what i liked: i liked that florian was a different type of H from the norm. he wasn't overbearing and alpha, even though he was forceful. i also liked that anthea never took things for granted and didn't take herself too seriously as a model, either.what i didn't like: that there wasn't a clear cut H until the last couple of pages. i also didn't like how cruel florian was when he was using anthea, never considering her feelings.

  • April
    2018-11-18 15:44

    The book was a good read. i enjoyed it and the love was quite unexpected from the chosen couple. Again I applaud Mary Burchell for her choice of character and the very subtle love that stems from understanding and respect. Anthea, who has only fifty bucks left, by chance gets at being a model after being dumped by her ex-fiance. Florian is the designer who hardly shows his feeling to anyone beside being angry but he shows kindness to Anthea although not very gentle. I actually love how Mary Burchell portrays her characters love for each other. no 'i love you because i lust so powerfully for you' is the kind of love that makes her book stand above all others.

  • Roub
    2018-11-05 13:50

    too many secondary characters involved and i found the relationship between hero and heroine too platonic. i never felt like they were falling in love. she shared a more like brother/sister relationship wid all her potential admirers. lol.

  • Cinda
    2018-10-29 08:45

    Ah, a romance from my youth! I would read it again with a smile. To be wooed by a rich and charming man . . . the stuff daydreams are made of when you're young. I like this author's characterizations. Her books are charming fantasies without pretension.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-05 08:29

    wasn't to my taste ...not really very romantic ....wasn't sure who the hero was until the end and even then it was ...huh?

  • Lori Nemitz
    2018-11-16 09:24

    Read between January and June 1987.Original notes on book from 1987: Good Anthea at Florian's. Not quite typical Harlequin.

  • CLM
    2018-10-21 08:33

    An unexpected job as a model for the most exclusive designer in Paris results in romance for a young English woman living abroad.