I adored this utterly charming novel. The discovery of a sixties lifestyle manual by France's matriarch of style propels Louise Canova to makeover
much more than her wardrobe. With wit and heart and an addictive plot, Elegance is the perfect summer read for girls of all shapes and sizes. Georgie Lewis, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Louise Canova should be happy and in love. But her actor husband seems to be growing distant and she doesn't know why. Is it her fault? The uncertainty and insecurity she thought she'd left behind in adolescence now come back to haunt her.
But when she discovers a faded volume titled Elegance in a secondhand bookshop, she believes she's found the answers. Written by the formidable French fashion expert Madame Dariaux, Elegance is an encyclopedia of style, that promises to transform plain women into creatures of grace and poise at all times. And from Accessories to Zippers, there's nothing Madame can't advise upon -- including inattentive husbands, false friends, and the absolute importance of good-quality seductive lingerie.
Louise vows to follow Madame's advice, but the lessons she learns have a surprising effect and an outcome she never expected. Within its pages lie clues to her past. And as she begins to unravel them, she discovers that everything, even elegance, has its price.
Starting with A and finishing with Z, Elegance is a unique alphabetical journey of timeless fashion, true friendship, and the rare, unexpected gift of love.
"[A] lively, irresistible read." Publishers Weekly
"Readers will enjoy following this harrowing journey of self-discovery, renewal, and reinvention to its uplifting conclusion." Kathleen Hughes, Elegance
One of the most exciting debuts of the year is an enchanting, bittersweet novel for every woman who has ever longed for a fairy godmother. Starting with A and finishing with Z, "Elegance" is a unique alphabetical journey of timeless fashion, true friendship, and the rare, unexpected gift of love.
About the Author
Born in Pittsburgh, Kathleen Tessaro emigrated to London where she worked as an actress in films, television, and theater, while training to be a drama teacher and voice coach. She is the author of the novels Elegance, Innocence, and The Flirt. Kathleen currently lives in Pennsylvania.