The setting is Paris, 1944. Genevieve Dumont is a singer whose dazzling performances have made her the toast of Europe and a favorite of the Nazis. She is working undercover for the Resistance enabling Max, a British Agent, to act as her manager, gaining him access to roam freely with her throughout Europe. As plans for the invasion of Normandy are being finalized, Genevieve and Max learn that Baroness Lillian de Rocheford has been imprisoned, to be interrogated about the invasion and surely killed. This has a personal connection for Genevieve who is living under a false name. We learn of her tragic history revealing why she needs to help free the Baroness. They believe the Baroness is being held by SS General Claus von Wagner, the same person who has been trying to romance Genevieve.
This is a captivating book which does a very good job transporting the reader into this horrible period in history. The settings are vivid including the Ritz Hotel which was overtaken by the Nazis with only a select, prominent few allowed to reside there. There is a strong set of interesting characters representative of the everyday people who bravely risked their lives to defend their country. Many are tough, gutsy women of all ages. This fast-moving book has lots of suspense, action and some romance. The touching backstory of Genevieve and her family was a highlight of the book.
If you’re a fan of WWII historical fiction, The Black Swan of Paris should be on your list.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: June 30, 2020.
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