This story has given me knowledge and insight into the lives of people whose lands have been invaded, whose cities have been usurped, and whose lives have been trampled and destroyed by those greedy for power and riches. It has been written in a manner that has made it captivating and impossible to put down until the final full stop has been scanned by my retinas. Congratulations Fiona Valparaiso, you are indeed a teller of stories
A magnificent dual timeline set in France during World War II and the present day. Harriet goes to work in a fashion house in Paris, and while she is there, discovers the truth about her late grandmother, and her life in France during World War II. I was reduced to tears on several occasions. This book is so well written and researched, I have no hesitation in recommending this fabulous read.
This book was a story well told but a bit sad. I have given it four stars because there was a good story and you did want to know what happened in the end. Obviously Paris at that time was sad and tough and no-one was enjoying life very much as it was pure survival. Maybe that is why I do not feel excited writing this review but I would recommend this book.
I have read other Fiona Valpy books and thoroughly enjoyed them but this book was even better, if possible. The story is set in Paris and alternates between WWII years and recent times during the terrorist attacks. It is set within the fashion industry which normally wouldn't interest me but the information in this book was really interesting. I could hardly put the book down although the sections that dealt with Flossenburg and Dachau concentration camps were, as you would expect, quite harrowing. A truly excellent read.