Sally Hawkins, author
On the surface, Elise is a shy, unassuming 23 year old. Despite working for a successful wine company in London, her life is anything but lavish. In her efforts to save money for the deposit to buy a flat, she lurks by the reduced section in the supermarket and builds her wardrobe from the sale rate in charity shops. Her life suddenly takes a dramatic turn, which leads her to Paris and finds her weaving through previously unknown stories of the heroism of her family. As she slowly uncovers her history, she begins to discover and deal with her own issues which allow her to start her own personal journey towards self worth and self empowerment.