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

the last will and testament of daphne le marche

The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche written by Kate Forster, publisher MIRA is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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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.


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The Le Marche beauty empire is a family owned emporium creating exquisite beauty creams and lotions originated in 1956 Paris and now selling all over Europe.  The Le Marche dynasty however, is plagued by tragedy, scandal, lies, hatred but Daphne Le Marche, the founder of the company and product is hoping to throw a lifeline and reach out to the younger generations of her family with the hope to bring a light back into the business and heal the rift in the family.  Daphne, in her last will and testament, has left ownership of the company to her two granddaughters with a proviso …  This announcement causes immediate upset and anger to Robert Le Marche, the son of Daphne, who believed he was the rightful heir.

We follow the girls on their new journey discovering the company that has been left to them.  They have to both leave their present life and move thousands of miles to help bring the company and it’s product to the 21st century.  The family is riddled with so many secrets and much animosity that the task is not an easy one.

I enjoyed this story especially the time hops back to the 1950’s with a young Daphne hand making this organic skincare.  I loved hearing about her journey to success and to hearing about experiencing love for the first time.  Also hearing about other family members finding love was so wonderful, romantic but equally tragic.

I have to admit it did take me a little while getting into the characters but at the end I enjoyed the story and it left me feeling quite emotional and sentimental. It was a story filled with glamour, greed, tragedy, love and lust but there was hope and determination in believing in the true foundations of the family empire. 4.5/5*

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