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A tale of forbidden love and must-have shoes set in 1920s Paris.
Anna Davis is the author of three previous novels: Cheet, Melting and The Dinner (all of which have been translated into many languages), as well as short stories and journalistic articles. She is a former Guardian columnist and was awarded the first Arts Council of England Clarissa Luard award. Anna is in her early thirties, lives in London with her husband and two children, and works part-time for a leading literary agency.
Genevieve lives with her wealthy husband in 1920s Paris. To his chagrin, instead of having motherhood on her mind, Genevieve fancies herself a poet and spends a lot of time carousing with her cabaret singer friend Lulu and many artists and writers. She also has an enormous shoe collection. When she spots a breathtaking pair on the feet of her rival at a party, she is determined to commission the shoemaker Paolo Zachari to make her a one-of-a-kind pair, too. But Paolo prefers to choose his clients rather than be chosen. Unfortunately, this novel is not as satisfying as it could be. At first, it is a gripping slow burn as Genevieve's obsession with Paolo grows and details about their past and present lives are gradually revealed. However, Davis (The Dinner) then shifts into fourth gear; events happen much too quickly, and loose ends are tied up too neatly. The historical setting and details are captivating, but the numerous detailed descriptions of shoes and clothing become tiresome. For larger romantic historical fiction collections.-Samantha Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.