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Half-Blown Rose

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781398718661

Price: £9.99

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‘Sharp-edged and sexy, Half-Blown Rose is an utterly intoxicating story of love, betrayal, and loyalty’ Taylor Jenkins Reid

After learning a shocking truth about her husband’s past, forty-four-year-old Vincent Wilde moves to Paris determined to build a new life. She’s soon teaching modern art and enjoying a vibrant group of friends-but when she meets a charismatic young man named Loup, her life in the city becomes more thrilling than she’d ever imagined. Somewhere between dinners made together, cigarettes smoked in the moonlight, sexy evenings in nightclubs and long romantic walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself blossoming.

However, as her affair with Loup intensifies, she begins to wonder about their age difference-a hurdle that’s heightened by the fact she’s due to see her estranged husband Cillian again at their son’s wedding in the summer…

An irresistibly romantic story of a woman remaking her life on her own terms, shot through with nostalgic 90s and 00s playlists and fizzling atmosphere of Paris


Leesa Cross-Smith's richly vivid prose pulls you in and transports you to Paris. Sharp-edged and sexy, Half-Blown Rose is an utterly intoxicating story of love, betrayal, and loyalty
Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of MALIBU RISING
Cross-Smith continues to weave spellbinding tales of love and lust in the wake of adversity. . . [Vincent] is an utterly appealing heroine. Another winning novel
With Half-Blown Rose, Leesa Cross-Smith has given us a brilliant, sexy, funny masterpiece. Reading her stunning prose is a full-blown experience'
Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller
Roxane Gay
Leesa Cross-Smith writes the way many people wish they could: ferociously, tenderly, and with a tremendous amount of heart
Kristen Arnett, author of MOSTLY DEAD THINGS
Irresistibly captivating
Women's World
By far the most exhilarating and sexy American-in-Paris story I've ever read. Leesa Cross-Smith's Half-Blown Rose is smart, intriguing, and pure delight
Lily King, author of WRITERS & LOVERS
A smoothly written, enjoyable novel that gives due to the social and emotional complexities of middle age . . . Charming and lively.
Kirkus Reviews