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The French Photographer

On sale

26th March 2019

Price: £8.99

RNA Historical Romantic Novel Award, 2020

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9780751573084

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From the INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING author of The Paris Seamstress comes a story of courage, family and forgiveness from New York to war-torn Europe.

Perfect for fans of Kate Furnivall, Lucinda Riley, Kate Morton and Gill Paul

GILL PAUL, bestselling author of The Secret Wife

‘An emotional and sweeping tale’
CHANEL CLEETON, bestselling author of Next Year in Havana

‘A splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion…a must read!’
JEANNE MACKIN, author of The Last Collection


When Jessica May‘s successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, Vogue send her to war-torn Paris to cover the conflict as a correspondent. She’s courageous and a fast-learner, but of course the military men make her life as difficult as possible.

Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules; paratrooper Dan Hallworth shows her how to take pictures and write stories that matter; and a little girl, Victorine, who shows Jess how to open hear heart.

Australian curator D’Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful French chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D’Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious French photographer…


‘A fantastically engrossing story. I love it’ KELLY RIMMER
‘A beautiful story in every way’ THE LADY
‘Intrigue, heartbreak… I cannot tell you how much I loved this book’ RACHEL BURTON
‘If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don’t) you will love this book’ SALLY HEPWORTH
‘A gorgeously rich and romantic novel’ KATE FORSYTH
‘Stunning . . . Will have you captivated’ LIZ BYRSKI
Emotion that will touch your heart and soul deeply’ JODI GIBSON
‘Fascinating, evocative and meticulously researched’ ANNABEL ABBS


Rachel Burton, on The Paris Seamstress
Intrigue, heartbreak and, ultimately not one, but two heart stopping love stories. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book and I cannot recommend it enough.
Kelly Rimmer, on The Paris Seamstress
A fantastically engrossing story. I loved it.
Kate Forsyth, on The Paris Seamstress
A gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world.
Publishers Weekly, on The Paris Seamstress
This rich, memorable novel unfolds beautifully from start to finish.
Publishers Weekly
Mystery and romance are expertly combined into one emotionally charged, unforgettable story.
Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection
[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!
Gill Paul
Jessica May is an extraordinary heroine . . . Natasha Lester's research goes deep, based on the life stories of such iconic figures as Lee Miller and Martha Gellhorn. It's a perfect novel for those who like their heroines gritty, witty, and capable of anything.
Gill Paul, on The Paris Seamstress
A fascinating and impeccably researched evocation of the New York fashion world during World War Two... and some divine-sounding dresses!
The Lady, on The Paris Seamstress
A beautiful story in every way.
Historical Romance Reviews
An intensely powerful, beautiful, emotional and moving story that was so hard to put down... I don't think I am going to forget this story for a long time to come'
Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana
An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans
Jenny Ashcroft
It's one of those wonderful books that sweeps you along, whisking you away from the real world, immersing you in the love, drama and mysteries within its pages. Epic, heart-breaking, it's a book that will stay with me for a very long time. I loved it.
The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
Lester has often been compared to author Kate Morton but with this novel, Lester's fourth, she has come into her own... What Lester does brilliantly is mingle fiction with fact
Who Weekly (Australia)
Historical fiction at its best