Monday, February 7, 2022

Sarah Sundin: Until Leaves Fall in Paris

 By Kelly Bridgewater

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.

Master of WWII-era fiction Sarah Sundin invites you onto the streets of occupied Paris to discover whether love or duty will prevail.


My Thoughts:

Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin features a brave hero and heroine who are stuck in France and are willing to sabatoge the Germans at every step. The story features the resistance and the inner workings of how they actually worked. Learning about what they actually did to threaten the Germans was a delight to read and learn about. The overall plot idea was interesting and held my attention, but at times, the story did move at a slow pace to move the story along. Of course, Sundin's research was well-handled since it brought the story to life. I enjoyed the historical elements of the story. The romance, on the other hand, developed at  a nice pace. Slow and steady won the hand of love. If readers enjoyed this novel, then they might enjoy reading The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barrett. The novels have the same resistance twist to the plot. Overall, Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin is an interesting novel on the importance of standing up for what a person believes in. I believe this is a great novel to invest time in.

I received a complimentary copy of Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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