Book Review: Until Leaves Fall in Paris

Until Leaves Fall in Paris is an intriguing and well-researched novel based in German-occupied France during WWII.

The book not only tells a great story, but it leads the reader to consider the complexity of the human experience, the common errors of assumption, and the eternal issue of good vs. evil.

From the back of the book:

Paris, 1940: When the Nazis march toward Paris, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. The Germans make it difficult for her to keep Green Leaf Books afloat. And she must keep the store open if she is to continue aiding the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. But in order to carry out his mission, he must appear to support the occupation – which does not win him any sympathy when he meets Lucie in the bookstore. In a world turned upside down, will love or duty prevail?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in just a few days. The plot was compelling and I was drawn in from the first page. I have recently read several WWII-related books (one of them non-fiction) so I was impressed by the accuracy and timeline of this book. As a student of history, I felt myself holding my breath as December 7, 1941 drew nearer and was not disappointed by the escalation of events.

I highly recommend this book! It has a little of everything – history, romance, and culture.

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