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A truly beautiful and powerful debut, it is haunted with exquisite emotion, but that emotion comes with an uplifting feeling of hope. Towards the end of the Second World War two people meet on a platform next to a train bound for Auschwitz, the exchange that takes place between them will have a bearing on their lives forever more. I entered this novel thinking I knew what to expect, I left having experienced an entirely unexpected read. Set in several time frames, While Paris Slept opens a sequence of doors as new aspects of the story emerge and converge. Each chapter is headed by one of the characters. Ruth Druart uses different points of view to great effect, ensuring each chapter took hold of my thoughts and retained my focus. I invested in each of the characters, the empathy on display here left the page and entered my heart. I would describe this as a positively emotional read, yes it features man’s inhumanity to man, but the intimacy of this particular story lies in a different direction. While Paris Slept is an intriguing, compelling story full of love and hope. It enters our LoveReading Star Books and comes with a highly recommended seal of approval.
On a platform in occupied Paris, a mother whispers goodbye.
It is the end.
But also the beginning.
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 and M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans.
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.
Paris 1944. 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.
On a darkened platform two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.
Beginning on an ordinary day and ending on an extraordinary one, WHILE PARIS SLEPT is an unforgettable read.
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A story exploring how brutality cannot crush courage, love and humanity. A real page turner that will pull at your heart strings. Full review
While Paris Slept originates in Paris during the Second World War, moving on to both Paris and California in the 1950s. It is a harrowing and extremely moving tale of the horrors of war and the strength of parental love. Full review
Wow, a gripping debut novel set during the Nazi occupation of France and its aftermath which explores the sacrifices people are prepared to make for love. Outstanding, read it! Full review
What a superb story. I couldn't put it down. Full review
A great read that I would recommend to all lovers of historical fiction. Full review
As a debut novel I thought it was great and I would definitely read more from Druart. I loved her writing style as the story flowed effortlessly and it was a pleasure to read. Full review
A stunning debut novel that you will be unable to put down! 'While Paris Slept,' explores the psychological impact of wartime years with a story of human endurance, compassion and love. A must read! Full review
'Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story had me completely and utterly enraptured. You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion' Louise Candlish
'While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty. Prepare to be thoroughly engrossed in this compelling book' Natasha Lester
'What a book, I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read' Lesley Pearse
'A heartbreaking debut. The novel delves into eternal questions: How far will we go to protect our child? Is love holding tightly or letting go?' Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
'A powerful and poignant debut from a brilliant and bold new novelist.' Imogen Kealey, author of Liberation
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||4th March 2021|
|Publisher:||Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Family Drama, Feel-Good Fiction, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,|
|Collections:||2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon, Around the World in 80+ Historical Novels.,|
|Categories:||Historical fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Second World War fiction,|
Ruth Druart grew up on the Isle of Wight, moving away at the age of eighteen to study psychology at Leicester University. She has lived in Paris since 1993, where she has followed a career in teaching. She has recently taken a sabbatical, so that she can follow her dream of writing full-time.More About Ruth Druart