Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (30): Belle Epoque

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
Release Date: June 11th 2013 by Delacorte
Format: Hardcover

 Goodreads Summary:
When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.

Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.

But Isabelle has no idea her new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

Reasons I want to read & own this book: 
1. The genre. Young Adult Historical fiction. I really love being transported into another time while reading a novel and the Belle Epoque is one of my favorite eras because it was considered to be a very beautiful one where art and literature thrived. Oh, and the fact that this takes place in Paris which is such an amazing backdrop and setting for a book has me fangirling already.

2. The synopsis. The idea of hiring a friend so you can become more attractive? Oh, snap. What if the two girls in this story become besties and the other one finds out her friend was hired? --> dramaaa and I am sold :D

What do you guys think? :)


  1. HECK FLIPPING YES! YA HIS FIC? You're my new best friend. :P I'd never heard of this one before, but now I can't add it to my Goodreads fast enough!

    My WoW

  2. When someone says Historical Fiction my first idea is The Infernal Devices series! :) I haven't seen this book before but it sounds interesting.
    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Truth be told, I haven't read much historical fiction at all, and the bits and pieces I have... well, they weren't that fantastic. Maybe this one will change my mind :)

    Awesome choice this week, Jennifer! <3
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW

  4. Diggin' the teenage drama angle! I think the Belle Epoque era & Paris - sign me up! Thanks for giving me a new book for my TBR pile! New Follower :)
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  5. Great pick. This does sound intriguing. She has to find out, right? Lots of drama :)

  6. Great pick! I haven't heard of this one yet but it sounds good. I love historical fiction too. Definitely adding it to my list.

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    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  7. This sounds really different. Hiring a friend is so weird?! New to me so thanks for sharing and for stopping by!

  8. Great pick for this week! Thanks for spotlighting it! Please check out my WoW!

  9. Interesting Pick! I haven't heard of this book, but it does sound good!

    Magen Corrie
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  10. DRAMA! I Who doesn't love them? :D I am actually interested in this because I want to read more YA Historical Fiction. Thanks for stopping by my WOW! :)

    --Sarah @ Smitten over Books

  11. This is new to me...but I am completely intrigued! Adding to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing! Great pick! :D

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    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  12. I have to say the description makes me nervous for these girls. How sad for one of them to be thought of as plain and the other just having a friend because they were hired. The cover is gorgeous, though. Great pick Jennifer. :)

  13. I want to see more of Young Adult Historical Fiction too!I loved Grave Mercy!
    Thanks for stopping by our wow :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts


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