I just finished a great read, PARIS : The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd.
Rutherfurd is one of my favorite British authors, and being very interested in history, I find his historical novels most delightful! I must warn you that often his novels are a bit hard to get into, but the reward is well worth the effort! PARIS, opens in La Belle Epoque, a golden age of peace and joie de vivre. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of passion, divided loyalty, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real. This story is all set against the backdrop of this glorious city. The book involves six families and one follows these families through good times and bad, as they come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of love. The architectural and religious history was of great interest to me personally. Rutherford weaves an extraordinary tapestry that capturesFrench ideals of liberte, egalite, and fraternite. Paris:The Novel is a tour de force that brings the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris to sumptuous life! The City of Light and Love awaits you! I highly recommend this book (all 805 pages of it!) for your fall reading.
Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, England , and educated at Cambridge University.
I have read other of Rutherfurd’s historical novels, both Sarum and London. I particularly loved London, and also have one my reading list two of his novels about Ireland, The Princes of Ireland and The Rebels of Ireland.
But today, after this long historical novel, I decided to start a bit lighter little historical novel, Rutherford Park, by Elizabeth Cooke. I am finding myself addicted to Rutherford Park, much like my addiction to Downton Abbey!
Elizabeth Cooke lives in Dorset in southern England is the author of twelve novels, writing as Elizabeth McGregor. She has a long-established reputation for vivid storytelling and historical accuracy. Elizabeth’s family originates in the North Yorkshire Dales-Bronte country-and her grandfather worked at Kiplin Hall, where he was one of the “downstairs” staff. The outstanding natural beauty and industrial life of Yorkshire were the inspiration for Rutherford Park. Elizabeth is apparently now working on a second in the Rutherford series!