The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard

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Pub Date Jan 30 2024 | Archive Date Jul 12 2024


New York Times bestselling author Natasha Lester delivers a brilliant blend of feminism, fashion, and history in this bold novel set against the real-life designers’ showdown in Versailles in the 1970s.

French countryside, Present Day:
Blythe Bricard is the daughter of famous fashion muses but that doesn't mean she wants to be one. She turned her back on that world, and her dreams, years ago. Fate, however, has a different plan, and Blythe will discover there is more to her iconic mother and grandmother than she ever knew. 

New York, 1970: Designer Astrid Bricard arrives in bohemian Chelsea determined to change the fashion world forever. And she does―cast as muse to her lover, Hawk Jones. And when they're both invited to compete in the fashion event of the century―the Battle of Versailles―Astrid sacrifices everything to showcase her talent. But then, just as her career is about to take off, she mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind only a white silk dress.

Paris, 1917: Parentless sixteen year old Mizza Bricard has made a vow: to be remembered on her own terms. Her promise sustains her through turbulent decades and volatile couture houses until, finally, her name is remembered and a legend is born―one that proves impossible for Astrid and Blythe to distance themselves from.

New York Times bestselling author Natasha Lester delivers a brilliant blend of feminism, fashion, and history in this bold novel set against the real-life designers’ showdown in Versailles in the...

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The perfect family mystery spanning generations that is revealed slowly in a tantalizing, satisfying way. I couldn't put it down and recommend it to all historical fiction fans for its brilliant plot, excellent writing, and its superb portrayal of a woman wanting to make her own imprint on the world. A plus for the wonderful descriptions of the fashion world as well! Really enjoyed this one!

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Absolutely loved this book. The cover drew me in, and it was all uphill from there. Gave me The Seven Husband's of Evelyn Hugo vibes but a totally different storyline, and characters. Still the same feelings -inequality for women in every industry, being unable to love who you want without sacrificing your career, double standards etc.
Told from the point of view of three generations of Bricard women over the span of several decades.

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Great read. Very interesting fiction recounting of three generations of women in the fashion world. This is a fictional account but there are there real people interspersed within this book. This takes three tremendously talented women, Grandmother Mizza Bricard, Daughter Astrid Bricard and Granddaughter Blythe Bricard through the ups and downs of fashion spanning approximately 100 years. The injustices the women endured at the hands of male fashion experts and the media. Very well written. I learned a great deal about this industry. Must read. Recommend.

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