“Near the end of World War II, seventeen-year-old Mireille de Jouarre flees the home of her stepfather, a Nazi collaborator and abusive drunk. She finds shelter with her childhood friend Stefan, and the two fall deeply in love. But as the fighting escalates, Mireille must escape alone to Paris, where she discovers she’s pregnant and lacking a way to provide for her child.” (from cover)
The e-book of MIREILLE is free right now on Amazon and the paperback is extremely reasonable for a 638 page romance. TLC Book Tours sent me an uncorrected paperback copy for review and though hefty to get through it was an interesting read.
Though the story begins during the WWII days and all the problems of that time period and the Nazi invasion, we seem to quickly move into the world of high-class prostitution and survival needs. MIREILLE become known as the The Angel and becomes one of the top escorts in Paris. She and her friend Barbara are able to hire nanny service for the baby and keep it a secret. The Life takes her to parties of the wealthy men from all over the world and the world of fashion and jewelry fuels the glamour.
At a weekend party in England MIREILLE meets an American Oliver Jordan, who is married to a very wealthy woman and is himself an incredible womanizer and film producer. With some pathway distractions, MIREILLE signs a contract with Jordan and by 1962 is winning an Academy Award for her movie acting. She is treated brutally by Jordan.
There is a great deal of blackmail in the story and sexual violence begins to be the overriding theme as MIREILLE tries to hide her prostitution from her daughter and others.
Her daughter is now in a Swiss school and her story becomes even more complicated by her older friend Nora. An incredible sub story of mental illness and child abuse by more wealthy men
There was a redundancy to the writing, which made me so happy to finally reach the happier ending and the revealing of the hidden story. I thought this book could have been made better 150 pages edited out. I give a warning that if one is not into ugly sex and abuse, this book might not be the one for the beach this summer for you. I do know that some of my readers really enjoy this kind of romance so I will not be too negative here.
About the author:
Molly Cochran is the author of more than twenty novels and nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller Grandmaster, The Forever King, The Broken Sword, and The Temple Dogs, all co-written with Warren Murphy. She is also the author of The Third Magic, and she co-wrote the nonfiction bestseller Dressing Thin with Dale Goday. Cochran has received numerous awards, including the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Romance Writers of America’s “Best Thriller” award, and an “Outstanding” classification by the New York Public Library. Recently she published a series of young adult novels, Legacy, Poison, and Seduction, and two novellas, Wishes and Revels. Legacy won a 2013 Westchester Fiction Award.
Visit Molly at her website, mollycochran.com.