• Kelly Fredericks

The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel (Harper Perennial)



September 20, 2020


Dear Mr. Hemingway,


It always comes back to Paris.  I'm not going to lie.  It is truly one of my favorite cities and I often catch myself daydreaming of going back there one day. Cappuccino scented cafes and cobblestone streets were the backdrop for so many stories, so many glorious works of art in the1920s.  A time when an artistic vibe pulsed through the veins of all the young dreamers. You and your “Lost Generation” were some of those dreamers during Paris’ sweet time, between the Wars. The Wars of course casted a dark cloud over the City of Lights for many years.  It wasn’t until the late 1940s, when legendary French fashion designer, Christian Dior designed a new line of women clothing that put the dazzle back into post war stricken Paris. Alexandra Joel takes on this time in history in her debut novel, The Paris Model.  A strong woman discovering her family secrets, passionate affairs and some always needed Parisian flair fill the pages of this historical fiction delight.  Plan on falling in love with this gem.  Let’s take a look.


In 1948, Grace Woods leaves Australia and farm life, hits pause on her loveless marriage and travels to post-war Paris to work as a glamorous mannequin for THE Christian Dior. Her journey to a new country isn’t all work though.  Grace is taking time to re-evaluate her role as a “dutiful” wife, with dutiful roles in the kitchen and her passionless bedroom.   As she enjoys her time modeling the clothes of a fashion guru and discovering that fiery love most definitely exists, she gets herself tangled in her lover’s political  endeavors, while discovering the depth of her family’s secrets.  


What I loved about Joel’s book is that it is based on a true story.   She did a fantastic job depicting a woman “stuck” in her role as a wife and desperately questioning her own hopes and dreams, while taking on the politically charged streets of Paris   Because of this book, I have been feverishly googling the life and times of Christian Dior.  From his abundant use of luscious fabric, to the revival of fashion in the most glamorous city in the world, this French gentleman was anything but ordinary.  I adored all of the modeling and designer clothes in Joel’s novel, but especially loved the family component.  Grace’s self-discovery was a journey that I took pleasure in as a reader.  Layers of love, loss and sacrifice filled the pages of Joel's book.  I was extremely fulfilled with the ending as so many questions were answered and loose ends tied up.  That always makes me happy.  


I hope you enjoy this exquisite read as much as I did!  

Until next time my friend! 


Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly


P.S.  Catherine, Christian Dior’s sister, worked for the French Resistance during WWII.  She was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, a concentration camp for women until her liberation in 1945.  In 1947, Dior named his first perfume Miss Dior, in honor of her. 


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  • Kelly Fredericks

Bookstagram Bonanza

September 30th-October 30th

2020



September 14, 2020

Dear Lovely Bookworms,


GET READY TO ADD TO YOUR TBR PILE.  


Dear Mr. Hemingway Presents, Guest Writers~Bookstagram Bonanza!  Starting September 30th, Dear Mr. Hemingway will be showcasing Bookgstagrammers from all over!  You may be wondering what is Bookstagram? Bookstagram is a small corner over on instagram that is dedicated to book lovers (Click here to see my account). The bibliophiles running these accounts are everyday readers who faithfully showcase their love of books multiple times per week. All of their pages are unique to their personal styles and many of them have active GoodReads' Accounts and Book Blogs as well. These bookstagrammers will be writing their very own letters to Mr. H. about a book they love and think you should read this fall.  Mark your calendars…….The lineup is incredible!  Fall Reading is about to get extremely FABULOUS!


Happy reading everyone!

❤️❤️❤️

Kelly



P.S. Check out my past guest writers BY CLICKING HERE!

  • Kelly Fredericks

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (Atria Books)



September 3, 2020


Dear Mr. Hemingway,


Is it possible to fall in love with an author’s work, EVERY SINGLE TIME ???? Apparently so! I have just been WOWED again. Fredrik Backman's new book, Anxious People, comes out next week (September 8, 2020) and he once again delivers a five star read. Move over Bear Town and A Man Called Ove. There are some new Backman characters in town that need some loving. Not only is Anxious People one of the most anticipated reads of this fall, but Backman is my all time favorite author.⁣ There is a chance that I may be changing the name of this blog from Dear Mr. Hemingway to Dear Mr. Backman 😂🤣😂!

Though all of Backman’s books are different, they have one thing in common...PEOPLE. Anxious People is no exception. Backman’s gift is that he allows his readers to view the world from someone else’s perspective. Only Backman can turn a failed bank robbery and hostage situation into a lesson in humanity. He once again turns his characters inside out on the pages of his books exposing all of their flaws, all of their most vulnerable sides. Whether you are fond of his characters or not, you will no doubt understand them at the end of his story. What I love about his new book (and all the rest of his books), is not only his talent for meshing together quirky and oftentimes struggling folks, but that he knows how to truly find humor in the most unexpected places. From everyday life to the absurdities that are thrown our way, Backman will get you to smile. ⁣

In my opinion, everything that Fredrik Backman writes is pure gold. He continues to dazzle me with his signature sarcasm and overflowing compassion. If you are a fan of his work, you will not be disappointed with Anxious People. Enjoy this treasure! I sure did!

Check out the synopsis!

⁣"Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.


Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next."


Until next time!


Your Biggest Fan (And...Fredrik Backman's Biggest Fan),

Kelly


P.S. A HUGE thank you to Atria Books for sending me an Advance Reader Copy of this book months ago and trusting me with this incredible story! ❤️❤️❤️


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