Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from The Paris Secret by Lily Graham. I only have a little bit left to read in this novel, and it has been an interesting read that has opened my eyes to aspects of the second world war that I had not been aware of before.
Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
THIS WEEK’S BOOK:Title: The Paris Secret
Author: Lily Graham
Publication Date: October 4, 2018
On the brink of the second world war, a beautiful Parisian bookshop hides a heartbreaking secret that will tear one family apart forever …
The last time Valerie was in Paris, she was three-years-old, running from the Nazis, away from the only home she had ever known.
Now as a young woman, Valerie must return to Paris, to the bookshop and her only surviving relative, her grandfather Vincent, to find out what really happened to those she loved. As she gets to know Vincent again, she hears a tragic story of Nazi occupied Paris, a doomed love affair and a mother willing to sacrifice everything for her beloved daughter.
Can Valerie and Vincent help each other to mend the wounds of the past? Valerie isn’t after a fairy-tale ending, she only wants the truth. But what is the one devastating secret that Vincent is determined to keep from his granddaughter?
The old woman on the train didn’t look like the kind of person who had a secret burning darkly, deep inside her chest. The kind of secret that twisted itself around the heart, squeezed tighter than a fist, ready to burst.
Madame Joubert had read the English woman’s letter, in perfect schoolgirl French, and decided that someone with a library degree seemed like a sign from the heavens. Ignoring Dupont’s protests, she told him to write back and agree to her terms.
It has been a while since I have picked up a historical fiction novel, and I am so happy that I have given this one a try. The story is told from the perspectives of Valerie in the 1960s and present day, and Valerie’s mother in the 1940s. There is so much that I have learned about the treatment of Parisians during WWII from this book. I am also loving the characters, and the bookstore setting is one of my favourites.