Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Review of The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche by Kate Forster

The bit on the back...

Paris, 1956. Eighteen year old Daphné may be from a tiny French village, but she knows she’s destined for more. Stepping off a bus into bustling Paris with a suitcase full of her home-made beauty products, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to claim her stake in the world.

London, 2016. Scandalous love affairs and an iconic cosmetics brand have kept Daphné Le Marche in spotlight – but her darkest secrets have never come to light. Now, in her London penthouse, enveloped in her rich signature scent, the Grande Dame of glamour has died.
But not even those closest to her could have been prepared for what came next.

Firstly thank you to HQ for providing me with a review copy of this title via Netgalley. This is the first book of Kate's that I've read and when better to start than on a ten hour flight to Las Vegas. This kept me hooked for the first 3-4 hours of the flight. I was so engrossed that I didn't stop until I'd turned the last (ebook) page.

The story is all about Daphne and her family. She's the head of her family and her family's business but as the title would suggest she is ready to hand the business over to someone else. In a twist that no one in the family expected, estranged cousins Cecile and Billy are brought back together.

The story flips between Daphne's younger years and how life goes on in the aftermath of her passing. The different family members all have their turn at narrating the story which really gives you a feel for how different they all are as individuals and how differently they view their own and others places and roles within the family. The two cousins, Ceclie and Billy are reluctant to follow their grandmother's chosen paths for them, and Cecile's father, Robert, is even less happy with their new path than the girls.

Robert is one of those characters that you just hate from start to finish. In all honesty he deserved exactly what happened to him in the novel and I was glad even Daphne could see her son was the way he was. When more is revealed throughout the story you begin to understand exactly where Robert takes his nature and character from.

The story is all about issues families face in their day to day life. Rivalries and bitterness, companionship and love. Each chapter of this novel revealed something different about the family keeping you on your toes until the very end. I will definitely be reading more of Kate's novels in the future!

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