Author

Pamela Binnings Ewen

Pamela Binnings Ewen
  • From award-winning author Pamela Binnings Ewen comes That Last Summer, the captivating follow up to The Queen of Paris.

    France, 1939. While storm clouds rise over Germany, the beautiful people—Coco Chanel, Emilienne, Hollywood golden girl Gloria Graham and her lover, the American Ambassador Kennedy—and even more minor stars like Wallace and Edward Simpson, artists Salvadore Dali and Pablo Picasso—are all butterflies without a care in the world, sunning themselves on the glittering sapphire coast, the French Riviera.

    Coco’s old friend, Winston Churchill, is on the Riviera too, dismissed from the British Parliament which refuses to accept his warnings of a coming war. During that last summer, Churchill paints when the sun is right, writes his new book when it’s not. Sometimes he even takes a night off, gambling in Monte Carlo.

    Germany is arming, Churchill warns, if anyone turns his way to listen. Forget that sham agreement signed in Munich last year. Why, the Hun have already annexed Austria, just marched right in with Herr Hitler’s troops. The war machine is moving, troops now threaten Poland. War is inevitable, Churchill claims.

    Prepare.

    But no one listens. The sun is brilliant, the water clear and cool. Here on the Riviera are balls, weekend parties, dinners, and dancing every night. And then there’s Monte Carlo. Churchill is old news.

    In the summer of 1939, in the south of France, no one pays a lick of attention to Winston Churchill—until at last it is too late.

  • From Pamela Binnings Ewen, bestselling author of The Queen of Paris and Émilienne, The Moon in the Mango Tree is a lush historical novel set in the 1920s.

    It is a dazzling decade, and Barbara Bond is a beautiful young singer torn between her fierce desire for independence and her deep, abiding love for her husband, a brilliant doctor. She has trained for years to sing grand opera, but soon after her marriage to Harvey Perkins, she learns that he has accepted an assignment as a medical missionary in the country of Siam. Suddenly Barbara is forced into the duty of a “good wife"—to support her husband’s career, not her own. As resentment slowly grows, she travels with Harvey first to the jungles of Siam, then to the capital city of Bangkok, where he is now physician to the royal court. 

    As she struggles with the secrets straining their marriage, Barbara wonders if she has made the right choice. At last, leaving her husband in Bangkok, she flees to Paris, then Rome, where she can finally sing on stage. If Harvey loves her, the risk is worth it for a chance to have it all—her husband and her career. Why should she be forced to choose?

    And, if she chooses, must the other be lost forever?

  • From the bestselling author of The Queen of Paris comes a glittering new novel about youth, beauty, and having the courage to carve your own path in a world on the brink of war.

    Pamela Binnings Ewen’s newest novel reveals the story of Émilienne, once the most beautiful, sought-after woman in Paris during the Belle Époque, the era of peaceful years just before World War I. As a girl, Émilienne fights her way through poverty in Montmartre, drawn to the lights of Paris below. Soon, she stars at the Folies Bergère, mistress of kings and princes, known as the most beautiful woman in Europe.  

    But, happiness is elusive, and youth and beauty are fragile. And where is love? As clouds of war begin darkening Europe, Émilienne’s young friend, Coco Chanel, has other ideas of how to survive in a man’s world. Strong ideas. Now, as Émilienne fights to survive, Coco’s star rises.  

  • Called “top-notch historical fiction” by Publishers Weekly, this meticulously researched, bestselling novel of Coco Chanel is as elegant as the woman who inspired it.

    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, is fiction based on facts, some uncovered only within the past few years, and vividly imagines the hidden life of Chanel during the four years of Nazi occupation in Paris in the midst of WWII.

    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?

    Don’t miss Pamela Binnings Ewen’s dazzling new historical fiction novel Émilienne, about the young woman who was once considered not only the most beautiful, sought-after woman in Paris—but all of Europe.