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Elegance by [Tessaro, Kathleen]
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Length: 403 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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An enchanting novel brimming with poignancy, humour, enchantment and insight, this is a stunning debut. Imagine an Audrey Hepburn film in the present day…

It was a slim, grey volume entitled Elegance…

Louise Canova is at a crossroads in her life. Her marriage is faltering and the insecurities of adolescence have returned to haunt her. Browsing in a second-hand bookshop, she stumbles across a faded grey volume. Written by the formidable French fashion expert, Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, Elegance is an encyclopedia of style. It promises to transform plain women into creatures of poise at all times. And from Accessories to Zippers, there is nothing that Madame Dariaux can’t advise upon – including inattentive husbands, false friends, and the powerful bond between mothers and daughters.

When Louise vows to follow Madame’s advice, her life is transformed in ways she never imagined. Within the book’s pages lie clues to her own past. And as she begins to unravel them, she discovers a courage she never dreamt possible.

However, everything, even elegance, has its price.

Starting with A and finishing with Z, Elegance is a unique journey of timeless fashion, true friendship, and the rare, unexpected gift of love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (9 June 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RIA07G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I really enjoyed this book & was SO disappointed when I turned the last page. I laughed so many times along the way ... I thoroughly enjoyed the read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, even for a scruffy sweatshirt wearing guy....'to thine own' fashion, be true.... 12 January 2017
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Elegance is quite an enjoyable read. An excellent first novel. Though the story is wrapped around Elegance, it's just as much about a woman
finding her own sense of style, both in terms of fashion and in terms of being true to herself. The characters are quirky at times, yet presented in an interesting and appealing way. I don't read lots of fiction and certainly not much of this genre, yet it read quickly.
Though the 'heroine' is 30 something, it reads more like a later bloomer coming of age. She faces some difficulties, traced back to childhood
and is able to eventually face them squarely and get through lots of her own 'issues'. Her descriptions of this process were well done,
clearly painting the scene with humor. As the author is from the East Coast, she carries with her the sharp, sometimes sarcastic wit with her,
to the stiff upper lip of England.
The book within the book,Elegance by Madame Dariaux, is quite old-fashioned and some of it's 'directions' are obviously outdated. Still it inspires and lends itself to encouraging one to pay attention to themselves and their surroundings. It's the quest to find and exude the beauty from within, rather than be subservient to the latest trendy fashion. The one woman I've known who is the essence of Elegance, followed the dictates of her inner self, rather than the rules or constraints of fashion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Tesaro is a beautiful writer & her stories may be predictable 16 February 2017
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Kathleen Tesaro is a beautiful writer & her stories may be predictable, but she writes them beautifully. I started with The Perfume Collector & decided to read all of her books from the beginning. I can see her growth, but still a beauty!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Brigit Jones Clone 30 September 2003
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Thirty-two year old Yankee Louise is surrounded by chic London socialites, while she miserably stands vigil by her husband's side at a boring gallery opening where she is mistaken in her out-of-date and ill-fitting frock as pregnant. Such disgrace begins Louise's journey to fashion and confidence nirvana with a used book by a French fashion expert as her knowing guide. As Louise whips through the encyclopedic style manual,---we are treated to excerpts in all 26 chapter headings---she sheds not only her excess weight, but her scared-to-come-out-of-the-closet husband. The revelation that 'elegance' merely means looking appropriate for the occasion, for one's companion and for oneself, comes slowly---Louise actually arrives at date with a man at the Ritz in a tarty outfit and panicking must swap clothes with a more classically refined friend --- Tessaro has fun making the most of describing Louise's faux pas along the way to discovering a style of her own. The ending, of course, borders on the predictable---with the dawning of personal taste and an involvement in one's own life, comes the reward, in this case a rather dishy musician who is 8 years younger than Louise. Lucky Louise.

"Elegance" offers yet another glance at the Cinderella story that has been done over and over again, time out of mind. If you've just read Brigit Jones and are a bit tired of deciphering the British slang and celebrity references, I would pass on this one until at least it comes out in paperback or you are in the mood for more of the same. The novel is meant to be fun, there are no grand revelations or great secrets here, just common sense----although some readers are obviously taking it quite seriously as I have read that copies of the quoted Dariaux book are currently big business on E*bay. I will recommend it for those who, like myself, like a fun read about fashion and becomng a swan instead of an ugly duckling---what could be more appealing? I will also recommend it as a springboard to those who enjoy exploring a more classic quieter way of life even though this is just touched upon in the novel. You laughed a bit and found Louise's antics amusing, now, check out "Joie De Vivre" by restauranteur Arbor--a charming look at French life---and Will Clower's "The Fat Fallacy" which explains the French manner of eating to stay slim. "Elegance", the novel will intrigue you by Tessaro's modern interpretaion of Madame Dariaux's "Elegance" where dressing well and looking well are equally as important as eating and savoring your life and push you through to your own thresold to find such a life of your own.
5.0 out of 5 stars A long-dead French Style maven becomes the inspiration of an unhappy woman seeking to turn her life around 3 June 2017
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I never get tired of reading this Cinderella story of a woman who rescues herself with the help of a long-dead French style connoisseur
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable lighter fiction 14 January 2016
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Very cute little book and I have ordered others by this same author. They are a charming read for recuperating from an illness, on the beach, and just wanting some lighter fiction to read.

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