Until Leaves Fall In Paris by Sarah Sundin is such a powerful WWII fiction to read. It is written so clearly that is is easy to see the fear the people must have lived through at that time. I kept reading this book to see what was going to happen. This story did a great job of showing how the Nazis slowly took control of Paris and how it got control of those living and working there. Lucie could not sell certain books and Paul was forced to make vehicles that could be used to benefit the Nazis. It was interesting to see how Paul and his daughter were treated by those from their church. And how Paul and Lucie had to hide their true relationship to survive.
I can’t begin to imagine what it was like for those who lived through these events, the strength the needed to survive. The trust they needed to have to survive while fleeing to safety and the faith they needed to know they would reunite with family. This is a great book that gives just a small glimpse as to what it may have been like for those who lived in Paris in the 1940. This story has suspense and a touch of romance.
I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this story from Net Galley and Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.
About the Book
As the Nazis march toward Paris in 1940, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. Lucie struggles to run Green Leaf Books due to oppressive German laws and harsh conditions, but she finds a way to aid 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. After they meet in the bookstore, Paul and Lucie are drawn to each other, but she rejects him when she discovers he sells to the Germans. And for Paul to win her trust would mean betraying his mission.
About the Author
Sarah Sundin is the ECPA- and CBA-bestselling author of Until Leaves Fall in Paris (coming February 2022) and When Twilight Breaks (2021), as well as the Sunrise at Normandy series, Waves of Freedom series, Wings of the Nightingale series, andWings of Glory series, all from Revell.
Her novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. When Twilight Breaks was a finalist for the 2021 Christy Award, The Land Beneath Us was a finalist for the 2020 Christy Award, The Sky Above Us won the 2020 Carol Award, and The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader’s Choice Award from Faith, Hope and Love. Both When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award finalist and won the 2016 INSPY Award, and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a 2015 Carol Award finalist.
A mother of three adult children, Sarah lives in northern California and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups.
She serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference, and she belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers and Christian Authors Network.
Sarah is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.