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The Beasts of Paris

By Stef Penney

Publishing : 4th July 2023

Publisher : Quercus

Format : Kindle, Paperback, Audio

Genre : Historical

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Happy Friday!!

I donโ€™t know about you but I can not wait for the weekend! It's Easter weekend so we will be just relaxing tomorrow but then meeting up with the family on Sunday for a huge family Easter meal. I have a couple of desserts to make so this is one thing that I'll deffo do tomorrow afternoon.

I have a fabulous FLF for you this week. It is taken from the prologue at the very beginning and let me tell you this is just the book to grab hold of you, it's a story about three wandering souls who find themselves in a city set to descend into war.

It has me hooked! Take a peek ๐Ÿ‘‡


๐Ÿƒ May 1871

Blue smoke swathes the avenue in drifting veils, making it hard to see, and there is a peculiar noise outside: a constant spitting and humming, as of angry insects. The blue smoke is gun smoke and comes from the cannon and rifles; it eddies through the warm air and mingles with black smoke from the burning buildings. The fires themselves speak with a low, intermittent roar. The weather has been so dry that everything burns with a demented, ferocious joy.

Trees that survived the winter are innocent casualties. Showers of green confetti flutter to the ground as bullets whip the leaves from the branches. Soon, they are leafless again. And throughout the city a black snow is falling - flakes of charred paper rain gently down on the pavement, stinging eyes, coating throats, clinging to skin.

From behind the curtain, she peers down at the ghostly street, hearing the strange sound without knowing what makes it. She sees dusty figures creeping around, clothes and faces the same nondescript grey. Outside the cafรฉ, a barrel pierced by a bullet belches wine into the dirt.

A man lies on his back in the road, one hand to his forehead, as if he were trying to remember something. Half an hour ago, she saw him suddenly toss away his rifle and fall over. Another of the ashy figures picked up the weapon and continued firing. She stopped watching.

When she looks out of the window a little later; he has disappeared.๐Ÿƒ


Q| on a scale of 1-10 how much have I hooked you this Friday with #TheBeastsOfParis ?

Also, how stunning is this cover?? ๐Ÿ˜



Check out the synopsis below...

In Paris 1870, three wandering souls find themselves in a city set to descend into war.

Anne is a former patient from a women's asylum trying to carve out a new life for herself in a world that doesn't understand her. Newcomer Lawrence is desperate to develop his talent as a photographer and escape the restrictions of his puritanical upbringing. Ellis, an army surgeon, has lived through the trauma of one civil war and will do anything to avoid another bloodbath.

Each keeps company with the restless beasts of Paris' Menagerie, where they meet, fight their demons, lose their hearts, and rebel in a city under siege.


Have a fabulous Friday ๐Ÿ˜˜



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