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About Pamela Binnings Ewen
I love...carousels and bells and balloons, the smell of fresh cut grass, and clover in the morning wet with dew. Green and white and dappled light, shifting shadows on a hot summer's day. Rain at night. Ribboned moonglow on the waters of a bay.
And you, dear readers!
Pamela Binnings Ewen--that's me--lives just 20 minutes north of New Orleans, across Lake Pontchartrain in a river parish of pine woods, steamy moss-laden swamps, and artists, writers, dreamers. This is an extension of New Orleans, the part you've probably never seen. It's Walker Percy country.
I'm a New Orleans Lady and a reformed lawyer. Faith On Trial was my first book and I wrote it out of compulsion as one who'd been a skeptic about religion for most of my adult life. The '60's, Ayn Rand, vague answers...all turned me into a seeker of meaning and purpose. It took over ten years to research and write that book. I put Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John on trial, and they won.
My life changed as a result. Faith is my compass now. I exchanged partnership in the international law firm of BakerBotts L.L.P. for a career writing full time. Take a look at my website and check out my novels-- The Moon in the Mango Tree, The Secret of the Shroud (formerly Walk Back the Cat), Dancing on Glass, Chasing the Wind, An Accidental Life.
The Moon in the Mango Tree--the 1920's, the jazz age. Jungles and palaces of the Orient, Paris, Lausanne, Rome. This is the story of my grandmother's life in the 1920's, the jazz age; a woman forced in the end to choose between two things she loves.
The Secret of the Shroud is a story of power and revenge, a choice between good and evil, and a secret of the Shroud of Turin. The latest research on the Shroud provides the key. (One thing lawyers are good at is research!) Check out my blog on the Shroud in Turin during the extraordinary exhibition in Turin, Italy, May 2010.
And New Orleans--1970's and 80's. Dancing on Glass, Chasing the Wind, and an Accidental life, a trilogy. Two young women lawyers blasting through the glass ceiling in a man's world while fighting to maintain balance in their lives. See you at www.pamelaewen.com!
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Legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel is revered for her sophisticated style—the iconic little black dress—and famed for her intoxicating perfume Chanel No. 5. Yet behind the public persona is a complicated woman of intrigue, shadowed by mysterious rumors. The Queen of Paris, the new novel from award-winning author Pamela Binnings Ewen, vividly imagines the hidden life of Chanel during the four years of Nazi occupation in Paris in the midst of WWII—as discovered in recently unearthed wartime files.
Coco Chanel could be cheerful, lighthearted, and generous; she also could be ruthless, manipulative, even cruel. Against the winds of war, with the Wehrmacht marching down the Champs-Élysées, Chanel finds herself residing alongside the Reich’s High Command in the Hotel Ritz. Surrounded by the enemy, Chanel wages a private war of her own to wrestle full control of her perfume company from the hands of her Jewish business partner, Pierre Wertheimer. With anti-Semitism on the rise, he has escaped to the United States with the confidential formula for Chanel No. 5. Distrustful of his intentions to set up production on the outskirts of New York City, Chanel fights to seize ownership. The House of Chanel shall not fall.
While Chanel struggles to keep her livelihood intact, Paris sinks under the iron fist of German rule. Chanel—a woman made of sparkling granite—will do anything to survive. She will even agree to collaborate with the Nazis in order to protect her darkest secrets. When she is covertly recruited by Germany to spy for the Reich, she becomes Agent F-7124, code name: Westminster. But why? And to what lengths will she go to keep her stormy past from haunting her future?
After marriage she slowly realizes that Phillip is not quite what he seemed. But they are in love—she can handle this. When she joins a prestigious law firm, however, she finds that balancing marriage and a demanding career is more difficult than she had expected. But Amalise remains confident—she will save both her marriage and her career.
While Amalise fights to climb the ladder of success in the firm—still a man’s world—Phillip gradually reveals a dark side which she had never suspected. His insidious behavior soon becomes her secret, even as her life threatens to spin out of control. At this turning point she realizes she must end the predatory relationship.
But is she already too late?