THE PARIS MODEL by Alexandra Joel – Spotlight & Giveaway * GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

I loved reading THE PARIS MODEL(Harper) by Alexandra Joel. It took place in two of my favorite places, Australia and Paris.

A lush debut novel in the vein of Kathleen Tessaro’s international bestseller, Elegance, about a beautiful woman working as a model for Christian Dior in postwar Paris, who discovers astonishing secrets about herself and the fabulous people around her.

Raised on a vast Australian sheep farm, the beautiful Grace Woods is compelled to travel to tumultuous, postwar Paris in order to start a new life. While working as a glamorous model for Christian Dior, the world’s newly acclaimed emperor of fashion, Grace mixes with counts and princesses, authors and artists, diplomats and politicians. Amongst those she befriends are Pablo Picasson, Julia Childs, and the future Jackie Kennedy.

But when Grace falls in love with the handsome Phillippe Boyer, she doesn’t know that he is leading a double life, nor that his past might hold secrets and lies that will turn her life upside down.

Based on a true story, The Paris Model by debut fiction author Alexandra Joel, is an unforgettable tale of glamour, family secrets, and heartbreak.


I began my media career while I was still a student at the University of Sydney, performing voice-overs for TV and radio commercials (I hereby confess to being the “We Try Harder” Avis Girl).

After graduating with Honours in Government, I spent six months as an international intern on the staff of a Congressman in Washington DC. I returned to Australia to work as a reporter and newsreader on a regional television station in Queensland.

Back in Sydney, possessed by a long-term fascination with fashion and a passion for writing, I became a regular contributor of feature articles, interviews and reviews for major national and metropolitan publications including The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine, Cleo and Harper’s Bazaar.

I then wrote the landmark book Best Dressed: 200 years of Fashion in Australia followed by Parade: The story of Fashion in Australia (both HarperCollins Australia). This led to my appointment as the Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, then Portfolio, Australia’s first magazine for working women.

A mid-life career change, inspired by my role as the President of The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, saw me undertaking postgraduate studies in Applied Psychology and the establishment of a successful psychotherapy practice.

A decade later, I found I was once more unable to resist the lure of the written word. My memoir, Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story, has been optioned for the screen by a major studio!

I have two beautiful children and live in Sydney with my husband.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think of Paris or imagine it to be. We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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29 thoughts on “THE PARIS MODEL by Alexandra Joel – Spotlight & Giveaway * GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

  1. I imagine sitting in a cafe in May in the warm sun watching people pass and having a pastry and espresso


    1. I have never been to Paris but I believe it is very beautiful and romantic. All the wonderful bakery smells as you walk down the street.


  2. I have never been, but my daughter was lucky enough to go and stayed with a native on New Years Eve about 10 years ago. She says it was beautiful.


  3. I have never been to Paris but imagine it to be romantic, full of history and beautiful buildings.


  4. Paris is lovely. The history and architecture is gorgeous. The food, oo la la….croissants and baguettes are amazing.


  5. I have always wanted to visit Paris. I imagine it to be a very busy city loaded with museums, tourist attractions, beautiful architecture, cafes, and theater.


  6. I love Paris, I’ve visited the city three times. I love the food and art. Every time I visit Paris, the city becomes more multicultural. The architecture is beautiful as well.


  7. I recently read a historical fiction novel about Chanel set during WWII. How exciting it would be to read about Dior in a post WWII setting.


  8. I was fortunate enough to take a weekend tour to Paris from the Netherlands. Unfortunately tat was over 35 years ago, so my memories aren’t really clear anymore. I remember I liked it, also remember a building, perhaps housing a museum, that was modern all done with tunes and many colors — I liked it.
    I would like to go back to Paris. I know it will have changed, but I’d like to sit at an outside Cafe, drinking coffee and eating pastry.

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  9. I’ve never been to Paris but imagine it would feel magical and romantic. At least that’s what I would hope. I do believe it would be beautiful and I’d love to visit someday.


  10. I have never been to Paris, but I imagine it as being very romantic, or at least that’s what all the movies I have seen depict it as that. I have seen alot of beautiful pictures of it. This book sounds like a Great read and the cover is Gorgeous ! Thank you for sharing about this book.


  11. I fell in love with Paris during a visit a few years ago. I am planning to return in 2022 if we are allowed back into the country by then.😂I hope to visit sights we didn’t get to see and just explore the city. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Stay safe and healthy. 💕📚😷📚💕


  12. I think visiting Paris would be awesome–all the sites including the Eiffel Tower, cafes, and the romantic setting!


  13. I think about sitting outdoors at one of the little cafes and taking in all the smells and sights.


  14. I adore Paris! The sidewalk cafes, the magnificent churches, the Seine – it is such an amazing place!


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