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Paris Never Leaves You

By Adréana Robbins

Djuna Cortez – a young, beautiful American – leaves behind a lonely childhood in California and arrives in Paris to study.

Enchanted, she explores the famous city and its treasures — when, suddenly, a grandfather she’s never met leaves to her in his will a vineyard, a sumptuous apartment, a priceless collection of art, and a bundle of journals written by a Spanish artist.

To Djuna, it seems that destiny has brought her to France. Her only struggle being managing her sudden wealth. So meeting Jean Auguste, who also owns a vineyard, seems like the answer to her prayers. But will he turn out to be another controlling male figure in her life?

The daughter of best-selling novelist Harold Robbins, Adreana Robbins has inherited the art of drawing her reader into a fabulous and exotic world. Through the parallel narratives of Joaquim and Djuna she paints a vivid picture of Paris as it was during the era made famous by Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Dali and Picasso — and then in the hedonistic 1990s.

Paris Never Leaves You is a wonderful Cinderella fable, a coming of age story, and a family saga sparkling with buried secrets. Lush, mesmerizing, peopled with menacing characters and layered with subtle themes of homosexuality and addiction, this novel weaves a spell as enticing as the city of the title.

Praise for Adréana Robbins:

‘Richly textured…readers can admire the villas’ vistas or smell the air. Robbins’ knack for physical description conveys the opium languor of Carlos’ wife, the cuddly plumpness of baby Emile, the skeletal haughtiness of Princess Mitya on her deathbed… the contents of an elegant storage box, full of menus, maps, jotted notes, portraits, postcards and family snapshots’ – Publishers Weekly

‘A tale of the rich and famous from the daughter of the late novelist Harold Robbins’ – Ann Arbor News

‘Robbins offers a story of beautiful people in some of the most visually exciting places on earth. Readers will be drawn to this young girl as she finds her place in the world. Add touches of romance, a winery, and the Nazis during World War II, and you have a novel that will appeal widely’ – Library Journal

‘The story jumps back and forth between a painter in Paris in the 1930s, all very F Scott Fitzgerald, and his modern day granddaughter. Everyone is rich, everyone is beautiful. You’ll like this’ – Detroit News

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