While Paris Slept: A mother faces a heartbreaking choice in this bestselling story of love and courage in World War 2
by Ruth Druart
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Pub Date 4 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 16 Mar 2021
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On a platform in occupied Paris, a mother whispers goodbye.
It is the end. But also the beginning...
'What a book... Emotional and heartrending...absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement' JILL MANSELL
*** THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER ***
'I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read' LESLEY PEARSE
'An amazing story of love, resilience and the human spirit' TRACY REES
'You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion... Had me completely and utterly enraptured' LOUISE CANDLISH
'Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings' BEST
'Made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both terrible, heartbreaking cruelty and beautiful, selfless love' NATASHA LESTER
'A heartbreaking debut' JANET SKESLIEN CHARLES, AUTHOR OF THE PARIS LIBRARY
A young woman's future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope.
Santa Cruz 1953
Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi Occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door.
On a darkened platform, two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined...
Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable. A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily's Early One Morning, M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans and Heather Morris's The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
'Historical fiction fans, rejoice! A new voice has entered the arena and she's one to watch. Perfectly paced and plotted, and evocatively written' Woman & Home
'A powerful and poignant debut from a brilliant and bold new novelist' Imogen Kealey, author of Liberation
JUST SOME OF THE FIVE-STAR REAL READER REVIEWS FOR WHILE PARIS SLEPT...
'I loved this novel, I'm still crying. A truly beautiful book that captures the meaning of parental love in all its forms. I highly recommend this book to all my book groups. *****'
'A heartbreaking and emotional read based around WW2. Absolutely fantastic. I have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars *****'
'This book was beautiful - a book on love and courage demonstrated in different ways, showing that there is no one way to love or be brave. I was unable to stop reading *****'
'I loved While Paris Slept. I finished the novel with tears in my eyes. An uplifting novel and will be great for book clubs' *****'
'Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster of a read. The characters so believable. Highly recommend'
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Set in World War 2 France and 1950s America, Jean Luc was forced to work on the railway line at the station taking Jews from France to the concentration camps. One day a young mother thrusts her new born baby into his arms and begs him to save her. Thus begins a frightening journey for Jean Luc and his girlfriend Charlotte as they try to escape France with the baby. Nine years later the baby’s parents have tracked them down and the nightmare they thought had ended is only just beginning. Who has the right to bring up this child? At first I thought this would be just like a lot of other books on this theme but there was enough originality and suspense to keep me reading to the end.