The Paris architect : a novel / Charles Belfoure (2013 historical fiction, F Belfoure)
A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.
Exposure / Helen Dunmore (2016 fiction, F Dunmore)
A missing top-secret file poses a terrible dilemma for colleagues Giles Holloway and Simon Callington at the height of the Cold War in London, where Simon’s wife, Lily, resolves to protect their family only to be devastatingly exposed.
I’ll drink to that : a life in style, with a twist / Betty Halbreich ; with Rebecca Paley (2014 biography, 92 Halbreich)
A personal account by the legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper traces her rise from a cosseted young girl to an influential fashion authority, covering such topics as her difficult marriage, her struggles with depression, and her work with Hollywood clients.
The dollhouse : a novel / Fiona Davis (2016 fiction, F Davis)
Arriving at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952 where she is instantly rendered a misfit, a plain, self-conscious secretarial school student is befriended and introduced by a hotel maid to the city’s jazz and drug counterculture and is involved in a deadly skirmish that reverberates half a century later in the life of an obsessed journalist.
The Paris winter : a novel / Imogen Robertson (2016 fiction, F Robertson)
British painter Maud Heighton, seduced by the elegance and luxury of Paris at the height of the Belle Epoque, is unknowingly caught in a web of deception and revenge when Christian Morel hires her as a live-in companion to his sister, Sylvie.