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Belle Epoque

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Charming story of plucky plain Jane in 1880s Paris.

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BELLE EPOQUE is full of small historical details that will resonate with those who know a little about the Impressionist painters. But the details of daily life that might have given the novel broader appeal are glossed over. Still, the backdrop is interesting and unusual enough to enchant imaginative readers. Maude is easy to relate to, and her determination and struggles eventually lead the way to a contented life in which she can love and be loved while she pursues her dream of becoming a professional photographer.

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