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.
So begins her new life as l’Ange—the Angel. After an unlikely meeting with a wealthy aristocrat in a Parisian hotel—and her acceptance of his solicitation—Mireille becomes the most celebrated poule in all of France, eliciting huge fees and invitations to exclusive parties. At one of these events, Mireille meets Oliver Jordan, an American womanizer and film producer, and is soon launching a promising film career. As her star rises, Mireille is determined to bury her past. But her success isn’t as carefree and glittery as it seems, and when her daughter’s future is threatened, Mireille must make a deadly decision in a desperate attempt to finally choose her own path.
I found Mireille more dramatic than I anticipated. After I completed the book I thought to myself how horrible for anyone to be in a desperate situation forced to make unsavory choices to survive knowing at some point ramifications would surface. Even worse, having another know your ‘secret’ and hold it over you, virtually claiming you hostage with so much at risk. You can never escape your past, at least this was Mireille’s case.
Mireille is fascinating although she was tragic and aloof. Keeping her distance from the reader matched with her troublesome past and unhealthy present made sense, well done on Cochran’s part. Her undying love for Stefan was touching, no matter the amount of time passing, her heart belonged to her first love. I admired her determination to protect her daughter from her sordid past, sacrificing much of herself along the way. Admittedly I found Mireille’s choices questionable, despite the era she could have selected other routes, but her nativity and vulnerability caused me to overlook her decisions. She wasn’t easy to warm up to, I wanted her to use her beauty in a more powerful and controlling manner as opposed to allowing herself to be used and easily manipulated.
The book was far too predictable for my taste, also the sexual content was way too graphic, coarse and plentiful, I prefer the ‘less is more’ rule in this area, alluding to sex I find more satisfying. What was included in the narrative detracted and spoiled the story. The story has a fast pace, thankfully at 600+ pages. A nostalgic theatrical read yet entertaining, predictability its downfall.
About Molly Cochran
Molly Cochran, author of the teen paranormal romances LEGACY, POISON, and SEDUCTION, has written 27 published novels and four nonfiction books under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her books include New York Times bestselling novels GRANDMASTER and THE FOREVER KING, coauthored with Warren Murphy, and the nonfiction DRESSING THIN, also a NY Times bestseller. She has won awards from the Mystery Writers of America (Best Novel of the Year), the Romance Writers of America (Best Thriller), and the New York Public Library (Outstanding Books for the Teen Age).
Her eBooks, GRANDMASTER, THE TEMPLE DOGS, and THE FOREVER KING Trilogy, including THE FOREVER KING, THE BROKEN SWORD, and THE THIRD MAGIC, are currently available through online retailers, as are two novellas, WISHES and REVELS.
Molly has lectured extensively and has taught writing at the college level as well as at a women’s prison (where she was NOT an inmate). She also writes a blog on writing technique which appears on her website, MollyCochran.com. She is also on Facebook at facebook.com/molly.cochranbooks and Twitter at Twitter.com/mollycochranYA.
She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Published June 9th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing