The French Photographer

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What to expect

From the INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING author of The Paris Seamstress comes a story of courage, family and forgiveness from New York to war-torn Europe.

Perfect for fans of Kate Furnivall, Lucinda Riley, Kate Morton and Gill Paul

GILL PAUL, bestselling author of The Secret Wife

‘An emotional and sweeping tale’
CHANEL CLEETON, bestselling author of Next Year in Havana

‘A splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion…a must read!’
JEANNE MACKIN, author of The Last Collection


When Jessica May‘s successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, Vogue send her to war-torn Paris to cover the conflict as a correspondent. She’s courageous and a fast-learner, but of course the military men make her life as difficult as possible.

Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules; paratrooper Dan Hallworth shows her how to take pictures and write stories that matter; and a little girl, Victorine, who shows Jess how to open hear heart.

Australian curator D’Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful French chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D’Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious French photographer…


‘A fantastically engrossing story. I love it’ KELLY RIMMER
‘A beautiful story in every way’ THE LADY
‘Intrigue, heartbreak… I cannot tell you how much I loved this book’ RACHEL BURTON
‘If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don’t) you will love this book’ SALLY HEPWORTH
‘A gorgeously rich and romantic novel’ KATE FORSYTH
‘Stunning . . . Will have you captivated’ LIZ BYRSKI
Emotion that will touch your heart and soul deeply’ JODI GIBSON
‘Fascinating, evocative and meticulously researched’ ANNABEL ABBS

Critics Review

  • Lester has often been compared to author Kate Morton but with this novel, Lester’s fourth, she has come into her own… What Lester does brilliantly is mingle fiction with fact

    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
  • An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II…Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans

    USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana
  • [A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion…a must read!

    author of The Last Collection
  • An intensely powerful, beautiful, emotional and moving story that was so hard to put down… I don’t think I am going to forget this story for a long time to come’

    Historical Romance Reviews
  • Historical fiction at its best

    Who Weekly (Australia)
  • A fascinating and impeccably researched evocation of the New York fashion world during World War Two… and some divine-sounding dresses!

    on The Paris Seamstress

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