The Riviera House
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: September 2021
Éliane Dufort is a young artist working at the Louvre in Paris when Germany invades France during the Second World War. Éliane initially finds herself swept up in the race to smuggle out valuable artworks but later becomes part of a dangerous mission to document art stolen by the Nazis. Readers will find themselves questioning who can be trusted and who might betray everyone and everything Éliane holds dear. In the present day, Remy Lang discovers a catalogue of stolen artwork while staying at a grand estate on the French Riviera—including a painting that has hung on her bedroom wall since childhood. What is the connection between the house, the painting, and Remy’s family history?
As with her previous novels, Natasha Lester skilfully weaves historical details through the narrative, this time offering a fascinating glimpse into the courage of those who risked their lives to save art, including real-life hero Rose Valland. The Riviera House is a fast-paced dual narrative filled with numerous twists and turns that will keep readers captivated until the closing pages.