Libby Perry is a young socialite from a wealthy banking family in Washington, DC. She is married to Michael Whitacker. She is a strong Catholic, and very much a good girl.
Michael Whitacker is a flying enthusiast and Libby’s husband. He also holds close a devastating secret.
When Libby first marries Michael, she is not in love with him, but she has hopes for the future and their relationship. The young couple moves to Paris, and it is there that Libby begins really enjoying life. She meets famous figures such as James Joyce and Gertrude Stein to name a few. In a time when Paris is enjoying a real celebration of the arts, it is easy for Libby to immerse herself in new ways of thinking. Everything appears to be going rather well until she walks into her apartment after a night with friends and sees something she can scarcely fathom, let alone accept. It is not long before she and Michael are estranged, and Libby wants out of the marriage. This becomes even more critical when Libby experiences true love for the first time. But there are obstacles: the Catholic church, her parents, even some of her friends will never accept Libby’s separating, let alone considering an annulment from Michael. Will she get her heart's desire, or will everything turn to ashes?
Forbidden Loves: Paris Between the Wars is a very thought-provoking story. I found myself drawn in and captivated by Libby's story, and simply could not stop reading. The book is loaded with factual historical details that color the entire story from beginning to end, making it a truly wonderful read. Watching Libby grow from a young woman with childhood emotional wounds to a self-assured person who insists on thinking for herself was truly a treat. There were several parts in this story that brought tears to my eyes and not always good ones; the author has a real gift for evoking strong emotion and the story is incredibly real. This is one book I am more than happy to recommend. If you enjoy realistic stories then you do not want to miss this one!
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