Ross, Elizabeth. Belle Epoque. 2013. 336 p. Delacorte, $17.9 (978-0-38574-146-0). Gr. 7-12. [kpr]
When Maude runs away to Paris to escape an unwanted marriage her plain appearance lands her a job working as a beauty foil, a companion who instantly makes their friend appear more attractive. Maude overcomes the degradation she feels each day by building friendships with her coworkers and companion Isabelle, who wants to study science at university, that empower the women to make changes.