Summer and books go hand-in-hand for me! Well, books and every season go hand-in-hand for me, but I find that most people have a little extra time while sitting by the pool or the shore to read something fun this time of year. Here are this year’s reading suggestions! (To see last years’ list, go back to my blog, www.angelacisneros.com/post/sparkling-summer-reads )
· The Jeweler of Stolen Dreams by M.J. Rose: This book takes place in two time periods, Paris in 1942 and New York in 1986. In 1942, we meet Suzanne Belperron who was a real jewelry designer living through the Nazi invasion of Paris. In 1986, we meet Violine Duplessi, an appraiser, who comes across a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk. Their stories collide in this great book!
· Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen: In 1933, Georgie, the mystery world’s favorite penniless heiress, escapes to the French Riviera after Her Majesty the Queen sends her there on a mission to recover her stolen snuff box. Lady Georgie is honored to be trusted by the Queen—and even more honored when she meets Coco Chanel and is asked to model her latest clothing line. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie not only has to find two priceless items—she also has an unsolved murder on her hands and has to keep an eye on her love interest, Darcy O’Mara, who has been acting awfully suspicious throughout Georgie’s ordeal. (5th in the series)
· Our Fair Lady by Chiara Pasqualetti Johnson: 70 years after her Oscar-winning Hollywood debut in Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn remains one of the most channeled style icons of our time. In this volume, journalist Chiara Pasqualetti Johnson reflects on Hepburn’s life both onscreen and off, from the beginning of her career as a dancer to her cinematic success and humanitarian work. She recalls the star’s time as Hubert de Givenchy’s muse among other standout fashion moments, such as wearing one of the largest yellow diamonds in the world in promotional photos for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (in the film’s opening scene, she wore a costume version of the same “Ribbon Rosette” necklace from the titular jeweler). While there’s no shortage of incredibly chic photos from Hepburn’s time in the spotlight here, original sketches of Holly Golightly’s costumes and jewels truly can’t be missed.
· The Pierre Hotel Affair by Daniel Simone: A luxury hotel in Manhattan. A vault filled with priceless jewels. A group of gentleman thieves and an unsolved crime. This may sound like the stuff of Hollywood but it’s the true story of the largest hotel robbery in history. Based on exclusive interviews and in-depth research, this is the ultimate read about what could be considered the perfect crime.
Studies show that reading prevents cognitive decline, reduces stress, and aides in sleep, amongst other things, so reading is actually good for us! I hope that is all the permission you need to spend this summer reading!
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(I borrowed the title of my blog from my jeweler friend, Laura Stanley, who has a book club named this in Arkansas!)