Beneath the Parisian Skies by Alli Sinclair

Book blurb…

A sweeping saga about love, truth, grief and passion — and what it takes to fulfil a dream.

Paris, 1917

Ballerina Viktoriya Budian narrowly escapes Russia with her life. She arrives in Paris determined to start afresh with the famed Ballets Russes but her newfound success is threatened when her past returns to haunt her. Forced to choose between love and fame, Viktoriya’s life spirals out of control and the decision she makes seriously affects the lives of many for years to come.

Paris, present day

Australian dancer Lily Johansson returns to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, hoping to ease the guilt over her fiancé’s death and to make amends with her estranged sister, Natalie, a ballerina with the Bohème Ballet. Terrified of loving again, Lily nevertheless finds herself becoming entangled with talented composer Yves Rousseau.

Meanwhile, vying for the role honouring Viktoriya Budian, Lily’s sister Natalie develops an unhealthy obsession. As Natalie’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, Lily fears for her sister’s safety and sanity. When Natalie goes missing, Lil and Yves set out on a desperate quest across France to find her and, along the way, battle their own demons.

Could the search for her sister lead Lily to realise that ballet — like love and life — should not be abandoned so easily?

My thoughts…

I loved being swept up into the world of ballet, especially under Parisian Skies!

This story is told over two time periods and I was particularly taken with the 1917 story thread and the struggles these characters endured. It’s not hard to fall in love with characters when they are strong but vulnerable at the same time. The present day characters have lessons to learn in order to grow.  Sometimes life’s lessons are too hard and Lily, Natalie and Yves certainly have challenges.

The author’s passion for dance blends with beautiful storytelling to make this a compelling tale of love.

This book has also been reviewed on Goodreads and also placed on Australian Women Writers Challenge

Published by Harlequin (Australia)

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