A book for the times, this historical fiction hits home.
Sarah Sundin‘s Until Leaves Fall in Paris is particularly relevant for today’s time. This historical fiction takes us to Paris in 1940. As the Nazis occupy the city, the world is on the brink of war. The story shows how two Americans in Paris navigate the turbulence of a city under siege.
American, Lucie Girard is a likable character. She has spent much of her youth in Paris studying ballet. Lucie is somewhat sheltered by her life within the walls of the ballet studio and theater. As a result, she is a bit naive. Lucie proves to be very courageous as the occupation continues. She also has a boldness and impulsivity that works to both her advantage and disadvantage.
Paul Aubrey is a sympathetic character as a young widower and dad who stays behind to run his father’s auto company. He takes a brave step to become an informant for the United States army. Paul is torn between fear of losing his daughter, leaving behind all he has built, the safety of his men, letting down his father, and new love.
Lucie and Paul’s paths cross as each character responds to the occupation in different ways. Sundin weaves strands of internal and external conflict to create a perfect rope of tension. She provides a vision of what it was like to live in Paris during World War II, using historic details that bring authenticity and credibility. As I read of the Jewish families escaping France, I was watching Ukrainians fleeing to cross their borders. History repeats.
Sarah Sundin’s Until Leaves Fall in Paris is a must-read for War romance enthusiasts.
I have read several of Sundins’s War romance novels and she is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. Sarah Sundin’s Until Leaves Fall in Paris does not disappoint.
When Twilight Breaks is another WWII novel by Sundin that tells another side of the German occupation in Paris through another romance that is just as riveting as this one.
She shows the reasons why and different ways people responded to the occupation, from active to passive resistance, to quiet accommodation, to active collaboration. It’s interesting to consider how one might respond in a similar situation.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my impartial review.