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Paris, 1940: Walking through Montmartre that morning was like the eerie calm right before a storm. The roads were deserted. We carried on, arm in arm, and then finally, we saw them. Columns and columns of soldiers, spreading through the streets like a toxic grey vapour. ‘You must write about this,’ he whispered to me. ‘You must write about the day freedom left Paris.’
As Nazi troops occupy the City of Lights, American journalist Florence is determined to do everything she can to save her adopted home and the man she loves.
Florence had arrived in Paris in 1937 and on a beautiful summer’s day, met and fell in love with Otto, a Jewish artist from Austria, who had fled persecution in his homeland. But as swastikas are draped along the city’s wide boulevards, everything Otto was running from seems to have caught up with him.
Both Florence and Otto begin lending their talents to the Resistance, working to sabotage the Germans right under their noses. Florence’s society columns that, before the war were filled with tales of glamorous Parisian parties, now document life under occupation and hide coded messages for those fighting outside France for freedom. While Otto risks arrest in order to pin up the anti-Nazi posters he designs by candlelight in their tiny apartment.
But with every passing day, things become more dangerous for Otto to remain in Paris. If Florence risks everything by accepting a secret mission, can she ensure his survival so that they can be reunited once the war is over?
A sweeping wartime story that will capture your heart and never let it go. Fans of The Alice Network, The Lost Girls of Paris and My Name is Eva will be absolutely gripped from the very first page.
From the very first chapter I was smitten by this book. The whole thing is intoxicating and so addictive.
Told across a dual timeline and through dual perspectives, the story of timeless love, heartache and discovering who you really are takes the reader on an emotional journey told through the eyes of two heroic women.
In 1937, Florence sets sail from America to Paris to dance in a friend’s bar. She meets her true love Otto who is a Jew on the run from the Nazis who have invaded his home and have now begun to move into Paris. The story of Florence and Otto was simply beautiful. Set around the Montmartre area, the setting was vibrant and vivid to begin with then changed to show the impact and effect of the German occupation. It was so cleverly used to set the tone of the plot. The passion of Otto and Florence shone through every action the did and every word they uttered to each other. Both beautiful and intelligent characters, so easy to fall in love with.
In 2018 an influencer named Sage is becoming famous for all the wrong reasons. Until she receives an email from a long-lost relative who claims to know about her heritage and descendants. Sage leaves the online world and London behind and heads to a farm in Arkansas with hope of discovering more about her mother’s past. The setting of Arkansas was so soothing, healing and calm – which matched Sage’s story arc and character development perfectly. When Sage described the scene from her bedroom window as she gazed out, I could feel the serenity. Like Florence, Sage has some strong admirable qualities. She is also strong and intelligent.
The writing is wonderful, and addictive and the characters are so real. This is an emotional historic novel with some romance elements and I can’t recommend it enough.
Author Bio – Siobhan Curham
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, ghost writer, editor and writing coach. She has also written for many newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, Breathe magazine, Cosmopolitan, Writers’ Forum, DatingAdvice.com, and Spirit & Destiny. Siobhan has been a guest on various radio and TV shows, including Woman’s Hour, BBC News, GMTV and BBC Breakfast. And she has spoken at businesses, schools, universities and literary festivals around the world, including the BBC, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Bath Festival, Ilkley Festival, London Book Fair and Sharjah Reading Festival.