Hello again, and good evening! Today I have one more post for you, and it is a review of “The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche” by Kate Forster – as a part of the blog tour. And guys – believe me – you don’t want to miss this book! It’s perfect! It blends everything that you can look for in a great, thrilling story and even more – make sure that you buy it!
The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche by Kate Forster
Publishing Date: 8th September 2016
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 384
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
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.
The Last Will and Testament of Daphné Le Marche is a sweeping story of heartbreak, scandal and the importance of keeping it in all the family…
“The Last Will and Testament of Daphne le Marche” is only my second book by Kate Forster – I’ve read and absolutely adored her “The Perfect Retreat”. However, it is already some time ago that I’ve read this book so I went into her new release like I usually go for debut novels – without expectations but with great hopes. And let me tell you all, guys, that the book has everything that I am looking for in books and I loved every single page of it – it was a great read!
The story moves between the present and the past, but it is done in a very seamless, effortless way, and the more we got into the past, the more secrets were coming to the light – secrets that were able to destroy the whole family unless the family was strong enough to face the problems and the hidden sceletons. I loved both the past, and the present, it was incredibly great to see what happened and what made Daphne Le Marche the woman she became. The way the story alternated between Daphne’s past life and the present worked brilliantly for this story.
Kate Forster has created some unforgettable characters in this story, characters that you loved or loved to hate and I truly had moments that I wanted to not only slap Robert, but perhaps strangle him. There were plenty of characters in the book but there was not a single moment that I felt confused or didn’t know who is who. So we have Daphne, grandmother and mother, the head of the family; we have her two sons, Robert and Henri, both married and/or divorced, so there were also their wives, Matilde and Elisabeth, and their children Camille (who’s dead), Celeste and Sibylla – Billie. Many of them but really, I felt immediately at home in their company. And yes, many of them, so there were many secrets and problems among them, many understatements and inaccuracies. The characters were so different to each other, they had so different personalities and led totally different lives and it was absolutely thrilling to see how they are brought together again and what happened next.
Daphne was such a wise woman and it broke my heart more than once seeing what she experienced in her life, but also I wanted to cheer her on and present her with a standing ovation seeing how she went from nothing to being a woman with a cosmetic empire. Her granddaughters proved that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The family become disjointed throughout the years and Daphne wanted to bring them together again – though it was not so easy! Celeste is the daughter of Robert and she is probably the one who underwent the biggest transformation in the story – at the beginning, to say that she was a bit unlikeable, would be an understatement, but I absolutely loved how she has changed. Billie lives in Australia, works in the lab and she adores her life, so moving to London because of her grandmother’s will is not in her to – do list. However, Billie was not the one to give up easily, and I liked her from the very beginning, her being so strong and her standing firmly on her two feet. There couldn’t be more difference between those two girls, suddenly thrown together into the family business, but it added so much spice to the story and made it even more colourful and not so predictable! You couldn’t be sure if the girls go for the challenge in Daphne’s will, and you couldn’t be sure of the things running smoothly for them – the author has took care and added a twist and turn here and there and a friction of tension.
This book is brilliantly written, it just draws you in and I didn’t want to put it down for a single moment, so immersed was I in the characters’ lives, all the twists, turns and curveballs. It was an engaging story of heartbreak, secrets, scandals and family relationships. There was much more depth and darkness to it than I expected but it only made the reading much more thrilling and interesting to me. The author couldn’t have make my day in a better way as with this perfect blend of history, scandals, glamour, intrigue and wonderful romances. A story about challenges and overcoming problems and showing that at the end of the day it is a family that counts. The book has a very solid plot and it’s very complex, it introduces us to characters full of flaws, but characters that are incredibly vivid, colourful and leading interesting lives. If you are in a need of a brilliant family saga, then do not hesitate, do not look further and treat yourself to “The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche” – I guarantee you are for a few hours of pure joy.
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