- File Size: 1316 KB
- Print Length: 202 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (October 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07GFQMHC5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Paris Secret: An epic and heartbreaking love story set in World War Two Kindle Edition
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Annie is headed to Paris on a train from Moscow. She was seated next to an old lady and she helped put the lady’s suitcase into the luggage rack. It was much heavier than it looked and she mentioned this. The old lady told her she never left home without her family. Within the suitcase, she carried pictures (in frames) of her family and other keepsakes. Intrigues, Annie settled into her seat as the old lady told her remarkable story.
The lady, Valerie, had been brought up in England after being sent there by her Father for safety. It was only when she was grown that she followed her trail back to Paris. Her Grandfather owned a book store and ran it with his daughter Mirelle. Mirelle’s best friend Clothilde who lived next door was Jewish. When the Nazis took over, Mirelle caught the attention of a very mean Nazi. A high -Doctor just happened to come into the shop when he was needed. In order to protect Mirelle from this Mean Nazi, the Doctor moved into their apartment to keep Mirelle safe. Thus, the drama begins.
The story Annie uncovered is absolutely entertaining and suspenseful. It does give a little peek into what it might have been in
The book is incredible.
The book opens in 1962, considered current day and at the end of chapter one, bounces back to 1940 to begin fleshing out the story. This pattern continues for the entirety of the book, between time and places. It’s well marked and not too distracting. The main characters are likeable and draw you into their lives. The baddie is really nasty and will thoroughly earn his antagonist stripes.
Just because a book is set in Europe during the time period of WW2, it should not be classified as historical fiction. “The Paris Secret” fits this category. Graham has included little more than cursory factoids about the war that any 10 year old with an iPad could locate. It’s not a bad story, just not HF. Honestly, I’d have a hard time calling it literary, too...it’s just not that caliber. The grammar and spelling are good and so is the editing. The language is clean and there’s no sexual content or gratuitous violence. Hip, hip, hooray for good old family fiction with a touch of romance 📚
Paris, WWII, a bookstore, and a grumpy old man, this book provided enjoyable reading. Peopled with just the right number of characters who were interesting, with action moving along at a good pace, most historical romance readers who want more romance than history will enjoy this book.
The publisher describes the book as an "epic". It is not an epic, but it is a pleasure to read.
Top international reviews
I liked the way Lily Graham presented this theme with compassion and sensitivity and I liked the authentic historical background of the war years. A very touching story.
A story that painted a picture leaving the reader to put some hues and tones from their own thoughts, particularly around who people really are regardless of age, dress, rank or uniform
This makes it sound like the book is hard reading but it definitely isn't. Valerie's story (the main character) is captivating from the moment she sets out to find her maternal grandfather who gave her up when she was a small child. She needs to know why he did that & to find information on her mother & father. All these things were kept from her until her aunt amelie revealed that her grandfather was alive but some secrets should maybe be kept that way.
Another brilliant book by Lily Graham, I just can't get enough of them. She has a real talent for intrigue.
Valerie relates her story to Annie on a train heading towards Paris. She was born in Paris but left as a child, returning in the 1960s determined to find out why her grandfather had sent her to England.
Having read a few books which covered this dark period of French history I was aware of some of the dilemmas French women faced. Here, a credible story has been created giving voice to a Jewess and her pretty friend who despite herself falls in love with a despised Nazi
.A real page turner which many readers I feel sure will enjoy.
Lily Graham told a very moving story and obviously researched an occupied war time Paris very thoroughly.