Author Ellen Feldman’s impressive Paris Never Leaves You is a different type of WWII story. Set in both 1944 and 1954, we learn of Charlotte, a young widow and her daughter Vivi’s life during the war in Paris and ten years later when they are safely living in New York City.
While in Paris, Charlotte and her friend Simone are running a bookshop. Feeding Vivi becomes Charlotte’s main concern. A German doctor starts to visit the store and shows kindness to her daughter. Charlotte can’t refuse the food and needed medicine he brings to Vivi.
We know from the beginning of the book that Charlotte and her daughter survive the war but once in New York, can Charlotte fully escape her secrets and guilt as her daughter starts asking questions about her past?
This compelling story about survival and love shows that war is complex and not as simple as good versus evil. It begs the question, "What would you have done?"
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin, NetGalley, Edelweiss and the author for an advance copy.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: August 4, 2020.
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