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Paris Never Leaves You Living Through WWII Working In A Paris Bookstore With Her Young Daughter, Vivi, And Fighting For Her Life, Charlotte Is No Victim, She Is A Survivor But Can She Survive The Next Chapter Of Her Life Alternating Between Wartime Paris And S New York Publishing, Paris Never Leaves You Is An Extraordinary Story Of Resilience, Love, And Impossible Choices, Exploring How Survival Never Comes Without A Cost The War Is Over, But The Past Is Never Past

10 thoughts on “Paris Never Leaves You

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    Started this one with Lindsay, she finished and I am leaving Paris in these pages before it never leaves me.This just wasn t the right book in the bookshop for me The two timelines didn t weave together well for me and the story felt disconnected along with the characters After Lindsay finished this one I decided not to My rating is based on when I was reading it So please take my review of what I read lightly and reads a fewI received a copy on NetGalley.

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    2 stars Completely missed its mark with me.A WWII novel with a book shop and a publishing house storyline This book sounded right up my alley as far as historical fiction novels go Sadly, my initial connection and excitement disappeared a couple chapters in I wasn t invested in the characters or storylines and was skim reading by the end My main issue was the forced romance that felt awkward and unnecessary This felthistorical romance than historical fiction The main character has t 2 stars Completely missed its mark with me.A WWII novel with a book shop and a publishing house storyline This book sounded right up my alley as far as historical fiction novels go Sadly, my initial connection and excitement disappeared a couple chapters in I wasn t invested in the characters or storylines and was skim reading by the end My main issue was the forced romance that felt awkward and unnecessary This felthistorical romance than historical fiction The main character has two romantic situations, neither of which felt authentic or passionate Additionally, the dual storylines felt disjointed and lacked flow I didn t feel the timelines pulling together or complimenting each other and they often were hard to distinguish between as they weren t clearly outlined.This simply wasn t a good fit for me, but there are some positive reviews out there, so please check those out Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC

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    I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway many thanks to GoodReads and the publisher for this opportunity.This book was written with a little different perspective from my usual WWII reads I found myself reading it obsessively all day and into the early evening because I could not put it down Charlotte s harrowing experiences mixed with her combined self loathing, survivor s guilt and determination to protect her daughter at all cost was compelling and gut wrenching All in all a very satisfying I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway many thanks to GoodReads and the publisher for this opportunity.This book was written with a little different perspective from my usual WWII reads I found myself reading it obsessively all day and into the early evening because I could not put it down Charlotte s harrowing experiences mixed with her combined self loathing, survivor s guilt and determination to protect her daughter at all cost was compelling and gut wrenching All in all a very satisfying, moving read

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    Paris Never Leaves You may sound like some sort of romance novel, but it s actuallya story about identity and survival Charlotte and her daughter, Vivi, survive most of WWII in Paris Their time in a camp was limited to right before liberation Yes, there is a romance involved but it is crucial to her survival The book alternates between their time during the war and the years afterward in NYC Charlotte never considered herself a Jew Hitler made me a Jew she tells her daughtert Paris Never Leaves You may sound like some sort of romance novel, but it s actuallya story about identity and survival Charlotte and her daughter, Vivi, survive most of WWII in Paris Their time in a camp was limited to right before liberation Yes, there is a romance involved but it is crucial to her survival The book alternates between their time during the war and the years afterward in NYC Charlotte never considered herself a Jew Hitler made me a Jew she tells her daughterthan once She comes to the US thinking she can once again blend in But now her daughter is experiencing prejudice for the first time and wants to learnabout her religion The antisemitism of the US is obviously of a different caliber than Germany s, but it s still a given This is a well done historical fiction Feldman does a good job of making you feel a part of both time periods While there have been numerous books that take place in occupied Paris, I still felt I learned things about the time Maybe because this wasn t about the resistance Charlotte s guilt and fear made her a sympathetic character While Julian didn t come across as fleshed out as I would liked, Horace certainly did I recommend this for readers who enjoyed Martha Hall Kelly s books My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advnace copy of this book

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    Thanks to Netgalley, St Martin s Press and Beatrice Jason for an egalley of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Alternating between New York in the 1950 s and Paris in the 1940 s,Paris Never Leaves You was a compelling story about a bookseller, Charlotte and her baby daughter, Vivienne, who survive occupation during the war and are sponsored by acquaintances to find a new life in the United States But as Vivienne grows older she is asking forinformation about her family histoThanks to Netgalley, St Martin s Press and Beatrice Jason for an egalley of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Alternating between New York in the 1950 s and Paris in the 1940 s,Paris Never Leaves You was a compelling story about a bookseller, Charlotte and her baby daughter, Vivienne, who survive occupation during the war and are sponsored by acquaintances to find a new life in the United States But as Vivienne grows older she is asking forinformation about her family history Can Charlotte overcome her guilt and finally open up to her daughter about the past Again, I felt myself flipping the pages and wanting to see where Ellen Feldman was going to take us I have read other WWII books that feature children questioning what happened to their families during the war and this book was different in invoking many different types of feelings and questions in me as I read I should probably leave some of my thoughts on certain characters until after the publication date Half because I wish to not spoil anything for any other readers and also because one character has me percolating a bit over some of her actions and words Hint it s not Charlotte or Vivi I did enjoy it though Goodreads review published 05 01 20Publication Date 02 06 20

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    I had some issues with this book but I am thankful I read it The author chose to show the main character s life during the war and after the war and I thought it enhanced the story tremendously For whatever reason, most historical fiction writers only focus on World War 2 when in my opinion there is still so much to be written about the aftermath Charlotte is the mother of a young girl and is working in a Paris bookstore during World War 2 The story will alternate between that part of her li I had some issues with this book but I am thankful I read it The author chose to show the main character s life during the war and after the war and I thought it enhanced the story tremendously For whatever reason, most historical fiction writers only focus on World War 2 when in my opinion there is still so much to be written about the aftermath Charlotte is the mother of a young girl and is working in a Paris bookstore during World War 2 The story will alternate between that part of her life as well as in the 1950s when she is living in New York and works for a publishing house Occasionally the story will feature a different character but for the most part the focus is on Charlotte One of my criticisms of the book is it was jarring when all of the sudden the action would shift to a new character The author waited way too long to start having these random character appearances in the story Either have this story be told from multiple perspectives from the beginning or don t do it at all I hate to say it but it felt like lazy writing in that it moved the story along but in the easiest way possible.Antisemitism was prevalent in the 1950s in the United States and yet it doesn t get written much about in historical fiction books It wouldn t have been realistic if the author ignored it completely as it is something a character like Charlotte or her daughter would have faced during that time period While the storyline of a girl not being invited to a party might seem like such a simple thing, it added a complex layer to the story which gave itdepth.Charlotte was an interesting character but I m going to have to pretty much leave it at that so I don t get into spoilers I will say there was something very surprising in the story to the point in which my jaw dropped while reading If I was in a book club it would be the very first thing I would want to talk about so I could find out everyone s opinion on it Even though the writing is a bit uneven there are quite a few things to discuss about the story and characters A book doesn t have to be perfect in order for it to be thought provoking There is some substance here even if the execution is a bit off.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review

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    War is hell I often find that reading books about war is the same I do my best to avoid them The premise of Paris Never Leaves You is that it was post WWII, however, that isn t totally accurate Set in a dual timeline, the story alternates between the 1950s in NYC where we find Charlotte and her daughter living post war and the 1940s in France and what Charlotte had to do to survive the war to get to that point Charlotte lives with the guilt as so many survivors do.In the past year there hav War is hell I often find that reading books about war is the same I do my best to avoid them The premise of Paris Never Leaves You is that it was post WWII, however, that isn t totally accurate Set in a dual timeline, the story alternates between the 1950s in NYC where we find Charlotte and her daughter living post war and the 1940s in France and what Charlotte had to do to survive the war to get to that point Charlotte lives with the guilt as so many survivors do.In the past year there have been numerous books set during WWII, many of which were based on a one sided view of what happened during the war After all, how books about the Russians during WWII have you read It was a traumatic awful time for those in France particularly and most of the books reflect that Paris Never Leaves You is the same I found myself skimming pagesoften than not and this is a very short book so there were not a lot of pages to skim I never fully connected to the characters, didn t really care about them I suspect that reflectson me than the book itself However, there are tremendously well written books that deal with the war and the people who endured it I just don t think Paris Never Leaves You is one of those books

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    Thank so much to Edelweiss, St Martin s Press and Ellen Feldman for my digital copy of her new book Paris Never Leaves You, I read a lot of WW II historical fiction, this book is absolutely brilliant, one of the best I have read this year and I didn t want it to end.Occupied France, Charlotte Foret, is a young french widow and she has an eighteen month old daughter called Vivienne Charlotte and her friend Simone run a bookshop together, they both have young children, they take it in turns wat Thank so much to Edelweiss, St Martin s Press and Ellen Feldman for my digital copy of her new book Paris Never Leaves You, I read a lot of WW II historical fiction, this book is absolutely brilliant, one of the best I have read this year and I didn t want it to end.Occupied France, Charlotte Foret, is a young french widow and she has an eighteen month old daughter called Vivienne Charlotte and her friend Simone run a bookshop together, they both have young children, they take it in turns watching the shop, waiting in the endless lines for food and their rations are never enough.Life in Paris during WW II is difficult, food is scarce, everyone is hungry, people are scared, no one want s to be associated with the hated Boche and to be seen as a collaborator.A German officer starts visiting the bookstore, Charlotte is a nervous wreck when he s in the shop, the Germans have a list of banned books, it s called the Otto list and with so many books in the shop it s possible for one of the banned books to be still on the shelves or someone wanting revenge could plant one Julian Bauer s is a Wehrmacht officer, he s also a doctor, he notices Vivi is very small for her age, he starts giving Charlotte food and despite her obvious concerns, of course she accepts it.The book has a dual timeline, it goes between wartime in occupied France and New York in the 1950 s It works really well and I had no trouble with following the story.New York 1950 s, Charlotte is now living in the America, she has been sponsored by Horace and Hannah Field Horace owns a publishing company, he s a returned soldier and Charlotte works for his company reading book manuscripts.Vivi is now 14, she s doing well at school, she has friends and looks like your typical American teenager But, Charlotte is struggling, her daughter has started asking questions about her dad Laurent, do they have any relatives living in France, why don t they celebrate traditional Jewish customs and holidays Charlotte is a nervous wreck, she has her secrets about what she did during the war to survive, years later she still doesn t feel safe and she still constantly worries about her daughters health.All four major characters in the story have secrets, Charlotte, Julian, Horace and Hannah.Paris Never Leaves You is a story about WW II, choices, love, sacrifice, motherhood and survival I loved the book, the story sets a great pace, it s never boring and keeps you guessing right until the very end If you like to read WW II historical fiction, I suggest reading Paris Never Leaves You and I m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did Five big stars from me, I have shared my review on Goodreads, Edelweiss, Twitter, Kobo and my blog.https karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com

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    Genre Historical Fiction Women s FictionPublisher St Martin s PressPub Date June 2, 2020When did Women s Fiction morph into Romance Fiction Or is it just me who feels the shift Traditional women s fiction focuses on a woman s lifetime journey There is frequently a love interest A romance novel focuses entirely on a woman s romantic relationships and usually has a happy ending This novel has two timelines during and post WWII Our heroine has a romance going on in both just not necessa Genre Historical Fiction Women s FictionPublisher St Martin s PressPub Date June 2, 2020When did Women s Fiction morph into Romance Fiction Or is it just me who feels the shift Traditional women s fiction focuses on a woman s lifetime journey There is frequently a love interest A romance novel focuses entirely on a woman s romantic relationships and usually has a happy ending This novel has two timelines during and post WWII Our heroine has a romance going on in both just not necessary One love interest is understandable The survival of her child and herself depended on it The other feels like an add on simply to keep romance readers happy.During the war, the woman has an eighteen month old baby She works in a tiny bookstore in occupied Paris In the next decade, her daughter is a young teen and she works in a NYC publishing house Although unhappy with the feel of a romance novel, there were parts of the story that I did enjoy As a reader, I was delighted to find myself reading a book about books I read to learn and to be entertained simultaneously, which is why historical fiction is my favorite genre I applaud the author s research I did learn something new regarding WWII German soldiers I cannot sayfor it would be a spoiler I thought she did a good job of showing the impossible choices the mother needed to make, during the war, to keep her child alive As well as capturing the woman s overwhelming sense of survivor s guilt once she was safely living in the States Still, I do not think that Paris will pose any threat to other WWII historical fiction books In the classic, Sophie s Choice, the good versus evil smacks you in the face In this novel, it feels colorless There are scenes showing the horrors committed against the Jews, but the brutalities are not as pronounced Your jaw will not drop from shock Possibly this was the author s intention since the story revolvesaround the main character s personal journey than war crimes The character Sophie also has a romance when she is out of Nazi Germany and is living in Brooklyn, NY Hers is a violent relationship, which she accepts due to her posttraumatic stress from the war years Unlike this novel, that romance enhanced Sophie s tale Maybe I was expecting too much Ellen Feldman is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, which lead me to believe I would be reading a literary novel The book held my interest for the author s moral analysis of her characters The mother struggles with what is right and wrong in both of her love affairs Her male characters are also wrestling with their consciousnesses Feldman creates further tension with her daughter The mother never tells her teenage daughter secrets from their past causing a rift between them However, I am simply not a fan of contemporary romance If you are, and you enjoy historical fiction this one is for you.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review Find all my book reviews at

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    I have been avoiding books on WWII There are just too many of them and I am overwhelmed For some reason I ordered this one and I am glad I did I really liked it and there were plenty of twists that made itinteresting Charlotte is working at a bookstore this could be why I picked this book during WWII and raising her young daughter, Vivi I am thrilled there were bookstores open during the German occupation but wonder who had money to buy books They couldn t afford food but bought b I have been avoiding books on WWII There are just too many of them and I am overwhelmed For some reason I ordered this one and I am glad I did I really liked it and there were plenty of twists that made itinteresting Charlotte is working at a bookstore this could be why I picked this book during WWII and raising her young daughter, Vivi I am thrilled there were bookstores open during the German occupation but wonder who had money to buy books They couldn t afford food but bought books Well, it would be a toss up for me Her husband was already killed in action so she is on her own She falls into a relationship with a German officer who is a doctor and sneaks her food and medicine There is a twist about him that I found unnecessary and just too much I dropped my rating to 4 stars because of it Charlotte is terrified someone will discover the relationship Rightly so The French didn t care for people carrying on with the enemy The story then jumps 12 or so years later Charlotte and Vivi are now living in NYC where she works as a book editor The owner of the publishing house was a friend of her fathers and sponsored her at the end of the War so she could come to America He is also her landlord so he s into her business The story alternates between the two time periods We discover what Charlotte did to survive in occupied Paris and it is really up to the reader to decide if she was justified I have quite mixed feelings but that s what a good book does It makes you think Her boss has secrets about the War that are rather devastating In the end I had second thoughts about all the characters and I loved that It means the people became real to me Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book

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