Natalie Meg Evans is the best-selling author of The Dress Thief, The Milliner’s Secret and Summer in the Vineyards, The Wardrobe Mistress, The Secret Vow and most recently, its sequel –
The Paris Girl
“Tatiana accepted the martini cocktail but, after only a few sips, she began to feel light-headed and strange. Paris at night had its dangers, but for Tatiana, the terror lived inside. Kicking off her shoes, she began to run … was that a man in the shadows ahead?”
Paris, 1922. Tatiana Vytenis – a ruined Russian princess on the run from her father’s murderers – has picked up the pieces of her life and reinvented herself as a sought-after model in Paris’s premier fashion house. But, one fateful night in a bohemian café in Montparnasse, Tatiana becomes the victim of an unspeakable crime. The repercussions knock her off her golden pedestal, and Tatiana’s fall from grace is as brutal as it is quick. Suddenly, she has nothing and no one in the world to turn to.
Then, in her darkest hour, Tatiana is rescued by an unlikely guardian angel. Regan Dortmeyer is an American in Paris – a war photographer running from his own hard knocks in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Regan is the kind of man Tatiana might have turned up her nose at in her days on the catwalk, but as the tide of what began that terrible night threatens to swallow Tatiana up, he might be the only one who can save her now…
The Secret Vow is the prequel to The Paris Girl
It is 1918 and Katya Vytenis has a long journey ahead of her. A secret that chains her to the past and threatens to destroy every chance of happiness.
In the aftermath of the Russian revolution and the near-destruction of her family, Katya Vytenis flees with her mother, sister and baby niece to Paris. She naively expects to find a comfortable, glamorous life waiting for her. After all, Paris is the centre of fashion, culture and fine living isn’t it? What she discovers is a war-shaken city, food rationing and unemployment.
But Katya has a determination to succeed. Her chosen sphere is fashion. Not just ordinary fashion, but couture at the highest level. Undeterred by setbacks, failure and even violence from jealous rivals, she sets out to prove that for the determined spirit, anything is possible. She is helped by well-connected businessman Harry Morten whose own past is enigmatic and whose motives confuse her. As they circle each other, aching for love yet full of mistrust and misunderstanding, Katya holds fast to the vow she made in Russia: a secret that can never be told, yet which rips at the very heart of her.
Praise for The Secret Vow from Stardust Book Reviews: “Katya is such an interesting character, coming across as very strong willed on the outside but obviously weaker and frightened on the inside. But, who can blame her after facing the atrocities which she and her family have gone through?” Click to read more of this review