From Paris with Love

I read voraciously.  I don’t even dare count how many books I read last year, because it would highlight how much else I didn’t do.  I read all genres, and enjoy most of what I read. Joining blog tours, like this one, has opened my mind to historical fiction, which wouldn’t have been on my radar before.  The truth is a book that captures your mind, and transports you to other worlds is a great book.  The Girl from Paris is one of these books.  I related to the main character Vianne as she felt herself pulled between her dreams and desires, and her obligations.  At her core Vianne is a creative, making things beautiful is her reason for being.  But she is also a sister, a daughter, and a friend.  War is something that I have not experienced in my lifetime, but this book which takes place between the two world wars, clearly illustrates the hangover, the pain and the long term effect that tragedy has on us and our lives. Without giving too many spoilers, I love how the title has more than one meaning ….

Book Description:

Vianne rushes through the crowded streets of Paris as the German bombs begin to fall. As she rounds the corner she sees the familiar spires of the old church burst into flames. Too late, she realizes that her mother and sister are trapped inside… Paris, 1918. The end of war is in sight, and young seamstress Vianne Mercier is longing for the day when she can stop sewing military uniforms and start creating the beautiful dresses that she has been dreaming up in her head. But just when it seems like peace is within reach, Vianne’s mother and sister are killed in a terrible air raid. To make matters worse, Vianne’s brother has returned home a changed man. Controlling and cruel, he presents Vianne with an ultimatum; give up her dreams of becoming a designer, or be forced onto the streets, penniless and alone. With nothing left for her in Paris but sad memories, she decides to sail for New York. Determined not to look back, she throws herself into her new life—spending her days sewing dresses for wealthy Upper East Side women, and her evenings dancing the Charleston to Duke Ellington in the new downtown clubs. When Vianne meets handsome Italian Giorgio Conti, he encourages her career, and she feels safe for the first time since she lost her family. Then news of a terrible accident compels Vianne to suddenly return to France, where she discovers proof of a wartime secret that changes everything she thought she knew about her family. Facing the threat of sickness and ruin, the people who forced Vianne out of her home now suddenly need her help. Will Vianne find the courage to follow her heart, return to New York and her life with Giorgio? Or will duty bind her to the family she had left behind and force her to remain in France?

About the author

From Amazon Charts bestseller Ella Carey comes an utterly gripping and emotional historical wartime novel about the terrible choices people made during humanity’s darkest days. And now, I found out it is the third in the series. Guess I want to read books one and two. Ella Carey is the USA Today and Amazon charts bestselling author of eight novels of historical fiction, including the Secrets of Paris Series, published with Hachette imprint, Bookouture. Ella’s novels have reached over one million readers and have been translated into fourteen languages. Ella has recently signed a six book deal in Germany and a nine book deal in Denmark. Ella’s latest novels are A New York Secret, and The Lost Girl of Berlin, both published with this month.  If you are looking for a book to get lost in, this is it.  You can get it on Amazon here. Before I sign off I have a question and a confession.  I have never listened to a book.  I am a Audible virgin.  What are your thoughts on Audio books? Happy reading Kerry x


There was a huge part of me fighting against turning anything like fifty. It happens though and there is nothing we can do to fight it. Well we can’t fight the chronology of years and minutes ticking by but we can stay fabulous. I try to be fabulous, despite having a few things I am fighting against like RA, Diabetes and Pernicious Anaemia. This blog is simply about me embracing life. Food, make-up, fashion and more. My trials and tribulations. I hope you enjoy!

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