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Madeleine is trapped--by her fam­ily’s ex­pec­ta­tions, by her con­trol­ling hus­band, and by her own fears--in an un­happy mar­riage and a life she never wanted. From the out­side, it looks like she has ev­ery­thing, but on the in­side, she fears she has noth­ing that mat­ters.

In Madeleine’s mem­o­ries, her grand­mother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been--el­e­gant, re­served, per­fect. But when Madeleine finds a diary de­tail­ing Margie’s bold, ro­man­tic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grand­mother she never knew: a dreamer who de­fied her strict, staid fam­ily and spent an ex­hil­a­rat­ing sum­mer writ­ing in cafés, liv­ing on her own, and fall­ing for a charis­matic artist.

De­spite her un­hap­pi­ness, when Madeleine’s mar­riage is threat­ened, she pan­ics, es­cap­ing to her home­town and stay­ing with her crit­i­cal, dis­ap­prov­ing mother. In that un­likely place, shaken by the rev­e­la­tion of a long-hid­den fam­ily se­cret and in­spired by her grand­mother’s brav­ery, Madeleine cre­ates her own Parisian sum­mer--re­con­nect­ing to her love of paint­ing, cul­ti­vat­ing a vi­brant cir­cle of cre­ative friends, and find­ing a kin­dred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who re­minds her to feed both her body and her heart.

Margie and Madeleine’s sto­ries in­ter­twine to ex­plore the joys and risks of liv­ing life on our own terms, of de­fy­ing the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of be­com­ing the peo­ple we are meant to be.

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