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This is the story of the mysterious woman who was Liberty and the sculptor who immortalised her.

1867 - The fashionable world, heads of state and masters of industry come to Paris for the Great Exhibition, to enjoy the frivolity and sophistication of the French Empire of Napoleon III.

Fresh from the schoolroom, Jeanne-Emilie de Lamont makes her debut at the Imperial court as her father's hostess. She meets four men who will change her life.

Victor Vaucaire, urbane Imperial courtier; Frederic Bartholdi, ambitious Republican sculptor from Alsace; Alex Clairmont, a passionate young artist and Socialist Jacques Noiret, who opposes everything that Emilie's family stands for.

The trip of a lifetime with Empress Eugénie to the opening of the Suez Canal brings the joy of passion and the pain of loss.

But Emilie's world is about to undergo dramatic change as two powerful nations, France and Prussia, clash in a war that will set the standard for the horrors of the next hundred years.

As Bismarck surrounds Paris with death and destruction, Emilie's life is turned upside down. She sees a side of the city - and of herself - that she could never have imagined.

When Alsace is annexed by the enemy and Paris reels under the twin blows of war and revolution, Frederic's hopes for the Statue of Liberty and his own personal happiness appear to have died in the ruins.

It will take a new continent, and the fulfilment of an old dream to save the Statue.

But can he save the girl who was Liberty?

A vibrant and dramatic novel, 'Elusive Liberty' takes the reader from the splendour of the Great Paris Exhibition to the Pyramids of Egypt, from the Siege of Paris to the lavish Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. And above it all towers the statue with a mystery at its heart, the statue that will transcend its origins to become the most recognised symbol in the world.

Praise for Glen Davies

'A fresh and enjoyable novel' - Sunday Times

'Engrossing social history and a first rate love story - an absorbing plot' - Publishers Weekly

'Makes for fine reading: recommended for fiction collections' - U.S. Library Journal

'Engages the head as well as the heart' - Northern Echo

'A captivating story' - Booklist

'A moving story - the author really knows her stuff' - Reay Tannahill

Glen Davies is an Anglo-Welsh writer. Glen worked in teaching, in the theatre and as a hypnotherapist, while finding the time to write a number of novels, five of which have already been published. Glen now lives close to the beautiful Gower peninsula and combines writing and hypnotherapy with tranquil coastal walks.

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