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The Parisians [Ebook] ➯ The Parisians ➮ Marius Gabriel – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Paris 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city¬—and the Ritz The opulent old hotel so loved by Parisians is now full of swaggering officers their minions and their mistressesFor American Olivia Olsen Paris The Nazis have occupied the city¬—and the Ritz The opulent old hotel so loved by Parisians is now full of swaggering officers their minions and their mistressesFor American Olivia Olsen working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler’s right hand man moves in and makes her his pet she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance—and draw closer to Jack her contact whose brusue instructions may be a shield for something Within the hotel famed designer Coco Chanel uickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit while Arletty one of France’s best loved actresses shocks those around her—and herself—with a forbidden loveBut as the war reaches its terrible end all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy For in the shadow of war is anyone truly safe.


10 thoughts on “The Parisians

  1. Kylie D Kylie D says:

    An interesting look at Paris during World War 2 concentrating on the guests and staff at the plush Ritz hotel It has a mixture of real and fictional characters including icons such as fashion designer Coco Chanel and French actress Arletty We also follow the life of fictional character Olivia Olsen an American chambermaid at the Ritz hiding her identity behind a Swedish passport We explore their stories during the Nazi occupation and the ways each individual handles the oppressive regime As the Nazi's take over one wing of the famed hotel we find our ladies risking their lives as the war drags on and onI did enjoy this book and some of the characters are memorable but not really fleshed out too much This is a very believable tale we get the lowdown how the Nazi's treated those in a position of privilege My only real gripe is we don't really get a sense of time It seems like characters have only just met then suddenly two years have passed All in all it's not a bad novel it just doesn't have what it takes to stand out in a very popular genreMy thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review


  2. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT the eve of war had come as a shock It was here suddenly the thing they had all dreaded but not wished to look at like the monster that lurked under the beds of children Now with terrifying purpose it had clambered out and proved itself real after all ABOUT THIS BOOK Paris 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city¬—and the Ritz The opulent old hotel so loved by Parisians is now full of swaggering officers their minions and their mistressesFor American Olivia Olsen working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler’s right hand man moves in and makes her his pet she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance—and draw closer to Jack her contact whose brusue instructions may be a shield for something Within the hotel famed designer Coco Chanel uickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit while Arletty one of France’s best loved actresses shocks those around her—and herself—with a forbidden loveBut as the war reaches its terrible end all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy For in the shadow of war is anyone truly safe? MY THOUGHTS What began as a fairly average read about a young American woman in Paris to make her name as an artist slowly morphed into a gritty novel of surviving the war and the German occupation of Paris by whatever means possible I particularly liked how the author contrasted the lives of these three women whose lives intersect at times to give different perspectives I also liked how he contrasted the grim reality the melancholy of everyday life under the occupation with rare moments of unadulterated joy the spark that lit the desire to survive no matter what The book is peppered with real people I learned a lot about Coco Chanel I had never known her background nor that she was a Nazi sympathizer I had in the past simply admired her style And I had never heard of Arletty the French film star At the end of the book the Author's Note provides a lot of information about the people in the book who were real and what happened to them after the war as well as further information about the history of the Ritz Hotel in Paris It like the book itself is well worth reading Although one of the categories I have assigned The Parisians is romance don't let that put you off There is no schmaltzy romance of an awakening and nothing that is inappropriate to the story If anything the love story enhances the overall realism This is not a book to be rushed through It is a book to be lingered over one that may challenge your previous perceptions about the people on both sides of the war I would like to read by this author 😊😊😊😊THE AUTHOR Marius Gabriel is an international thriller and mystery writerUnder the pseudonym Madeleine Ker he wrote over 30 romance novels in the 1980sAs Marius Gabriel he has written several mystery best sellers some of them historical novelsHe has three grown up children and currently lives in Cairo and LondonDISCLOSURE Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Parisians by Marius Gabriel for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my sandysbookadaywordpresscom page


  3. Erin Erin says:

    3 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Readers choose books for all sorts of reasons and I am no exception I chose this book specifically for its title because Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world I may have mentioned this in other reviews but I cried the very first time I saw that city and if the Eiffel Tower had been a person well it most likely asked me to stop taking pictures of it The fact that it was also surrounding the WWII era was a plus Juggling characters can be difficult in the case of The Parisians we have three very interesting characters a chambermaid a French actress and Coco Chanel and one intriguing setting the Ritz hotel Since this was the main place of entertainment and rest for the main players in the Nazi regime our plot is driven by plenty of wartime intrigue While young Swedish American Olivia is driven to spy on Herman Goering after her lover dies at the hands of the Gestapo French actress Arletty balances a fine line between the France she knew and what it has become and Marius Gabriel leaves little doubt about designer Coco Chanel's collaboration with the Nazis I enjoyed this story reading it in one sitting and despite one foolish sex scene in which both genders sexual organs were described as particular flowers I felt this was a good addition to the WWII era library


  4. Sandra Sandra says:

    The Parisians by Marius Gabriel opens just before the outbreak of WW11 American born Olivia is an artist and has moved to Paris to paint She is desperately short of money and has resorted to trying to selling tourist paintings along the banks of the river Seine Here she meets Fabrice and with the help of his mother Olivia get a job as a chambermaid in the glamorous Ritz HotelBritain declares war on Germany then Paris falls to Germany occupation Olivia sees the changes in the grand Ritz Hotel as the Nazis elite evict the hotel guest and take over the luxurious suits Olivia has almost unlimited access to the rooms in the Ritz she sees how she can help the the Resistance The story is told from three women’s perspectivesOlivia who put her life in danger to support the Resistance Coco Chanel who supported the Nazis and the war French actress Arletty who risked her career to follow her heart Entwining real people in the story was interesting especially the story of Arletty and her humble origins to being the top actress in France at the time The luxurious and opulent lifestyle the Nazis lead in Paris whilst others starved was an eye opener Well off members in Paris society collaborated with the occupying forces and although this was forbidden within the walls of the Ritz anything seemed to goHow true or accurate it is I don’t know but I assume it has been meticulously researched Some characterisation I found clumsy especially that of Olivia I found her slightly irritating but the other women’s stories made the book for me Loved the authors note at the end of the novel where he explains what happened after the war to the actual people mentioned in his book and many of the characters in the book were real people fascinating 3 12 star read


  5. Tahera Tahera says:

    It is 1940 and Paris the Ritz have been occupied by the Nazis Most of the story revolves in the Ritz where we find 3 women both fictional and real who use this invasion for either their benefit or to extract revenge Olivia Olsen is an aspiring artist turned chambermaid at the Ritz who becomes a favourite of Adolf Hitler's right hand man and uses this as an opportunity to help the Resistance and in the process avenge the death of her fianceeCoco Chanel is a world famous designer who sees at the onset that this regime can work to her benefit and doesn't waste time and effort to use them to get what she wantsArletty France's darling and best loved actresses of the time shocks herself and the sentiments of all French people when she decides to get into an ill fated affair with a German Luftwaffe officer Hans Jurgen SoehringWhat I really liked about this book was how the author managed to bring together both fictional and real characters into the story at times intersecting their story lines to give a perspective outlook on this grim period of history and what people were willing to do to survive itAlso at the end of the book the author gives us a short update on all the real people in the book telling us what happened to them and where their lives led them after the war was over which was interesting and made me Google to know about them The only drawback for me was that I did not emotionally connect with anyone in the book but overall the book was grippingMy thanks to Netgalley the author and publishers for giving me an ARC


  6. Karren Sandercock Karren Sandercock says:

    Struggling artist Olivia Olsen is living in Paris during WW II she is of Swedish heritage the German's don't realize she's actually American and she starts working as a chambermaid at the Ritz to pay her rent and buy foodAs a chambermaid she has access to rooms and she gains the trust of Hermann Goering a high ranking German officer Olivia reminds him of his first wife he reuests for her to be in charge of waking him up in the morning and cleaning his room The book uses fact fiction to create an interesting story and it all takes place in the posh hotelOlivia Olsen decides to take a huge risk to help the French resistance she learns to use a tiny camera to take pictures of documents that the German officers leave lying around on desks in their rooms Some very famous people stayed and lived at the Ritz during WW II they were friends with the German officers and Coco Chanel was one of themI gave the book four stars I have shared my review on Goodreads Australia Twitter and my bloghttpskarrenreadsbooksblogspotcom


  7. Kerrin Parris Kerrin Parris says:

    The Parisians follows the life of Olivia Olsen an American living in Paris who is literally a starving artist Her new boyfriend’s mother is able to get Olivia a job as a chambermaid at the Ritz right before the start of World War II When the war is imminent Olivia is given a Swedish passport and decides to remain in ParisThe plot intertwines the fictional Olivia into the lives of real people including Coco Chanel and the famous French actress Arletty who was bisexual When the Germans overtake Paris the elite Gestapo members including Hermann Göring move into the Ritz and Olivia becomes his chambermaid Olivia then connects with the French Resistance and passes on valuable information she gathers from the hotelThrough Olivia’s eyes the reader learns how Coco Chanel Arletty and many wealthy Parisians got in bed both literally and figuratively with the Germans during World War II There is a female Gestapo officer whose character is closely based on the real life French athlete Violet MorrisThis is a very believable story about the roles that three strong women Olivia Coco and Arletty played in World War II 5 stars Book Club recommendedIf you like book reviews that come with recipe recommendations check out my blog wwwkerrinsbookreviewscom My recipe to go with The Parisians is Julia Child’s Fondue de Poulet à la Crème Chicken Simmered with Cream and Onions


  8. - ̗̀ whoreofbookboyfriends ̖́- - ̗̀ whoreofbookboyfriends ̖́- says:

    I'm surprised at how much I loved this Read my review


  9. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    I will say this about this book thank God for Coco Chanel and Arletty Those two women made the book worthwhile reading I found the beginning of the book very hard to get into thanks to Olivia Olsen this young artist who has come to Paris to paint She's just the kind of character I have a problem with a young naive thing that on the very first pages of the book meets a young anarchist that will take her by storm I was not amused I found Olivia to be boring to be very frank However I kept on reading because as I wrote before there were two bright spots in this book Coco Chanel and the French actress Arletty Personally I wouldn't have minded that Olivia had been cut out of the picture and the book had been just about Coco Chanel and Arletty Although I have to admit Olivia role become interesting after the Germans occupied France and she started to help the ResistanceAt first I gave the book 4 stars but after some considerations did I lover the rating to 3 stars And that's because I've read two books previously by Marius Gabriel that I really enjoyed The Ocean Liner and The Designer The Parisians can't really measure up to them It's just not as interesting unfortunately Still there are some really good parts in the book well everything concerning Coco Chanel and Arletty I felt that Olivia personality was truly bland and I felt it the most when she interacted with them She grew a bit better towards the end but still the stars of this book were Coco Chanel and Arletty I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review


  10. Bookworm Bookworm says:

    The Parisians was a solid account of how WW2 impacted Paris and the role of The Ritz hotel The story focuses on the lives of 3 women whose paths intersect throughout the war at The Ritz The author includes historical characters including a famous French actress named Arletty and the infamous Coco Channel At the heart of the story is a young American artist named Olivia Olsen who clings to her Swiss roots and pretends to be from Switzerland Olivia gets a job as a chambermaid at The Ritz and is privy to many of the Nazi's secret plans as she cleans rooms Her role in the resistance is highlighted Arletty falls for an SS officer and her budding romance is scorned by French Patriots Coco is mostly depicted during the first part of the story as she immerses herself with the Nazis I enjoyed Arletty's story and Olivia's story picked up during the second half of the book I wasn't very interested in Coco's role and found myself uite detached when the plot focused on her In all the story was interesting although there was nothing about the war that I didn't already know So if you tend to read a lot of books with a ww2 backdrop you may find the historical bits redundant Where I struggled most with this book was with it's one dimensional plot and limited opportunity for emotional connection I enjoyed the love stories and felt these were the instances during which I most strongly connected emotionally I think if the story had gone a little deeper with its characters it would have made it that much heartfeltIn all a book that I'd recommend to readers who are interested in a ww2 story that is superficial in nature and without the raw descriptive atrocities that happened to many people during this time Some significant occurrences are mentioned but in a lighter way As others have mentioned the first half is slow but picks up at about the 60% markThank you to publisher and NG for an ARC in exchange for an honest review


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10 thoughts on “The Parisians

  1. Kylie D Kylie D says:

    An interesting look at Paris during World War 2 concentrating on the guests and staff at the plush Ritz hotel It has a mixture of real and fictional characters including icons such as fashion designer Coco Chanel and French actress Arletty We also follow the life of fictional character Olivia Olsen an American chambermaid at the Ritz hiding her identity behind a Swedish passport We explore their stories during the Nazi occupation and the ways each individual handles the oppressive regime As the Nazi's take over one wing of the famed hotel we find our ladies risking their lives as the war drags on and onI did enjoy this book and some of the characters are memorable but not really fleshed out too much This is a very believable tale we get the lowdown how the Nazi's treated those in a position of privilege My only real gripe is we don't really get a sense of time It seems like characters have only just met then suddenly two years have passed All in all it's not a bad novel it just doesn't have what it takes to stand out in a very popular genreMy thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  2. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT the eve of war had come as a shock It was here suddenly the thing they had all dreaded but not wished to look at like the monster that lurked under the beds of children Now with terrifying purpose it had clambered out and proved itself real after all ABOUT THIS BOOK Paris 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city¬—and the Ritz The opulent old hotel so loved by Parisians is now full of swaggering officers their minions and their mistressesFor American Olivia Olsen working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler’s right hand man moves in and makes her his pet she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance—and draw closer to Jack her contact whose brusue instructions may be a shield for something Within the hotel famed designer Coco Chanel uickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit while Arletty one of France’s best loved actresses shocks those around her—and herself—with a forbidden loveBut as the war reaches its terrible end all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy For in the shadow of war is anyone truly safe? MY THOUGHTS What began as a fairly average read about a young American woman in Paris to make her name as an artist slowly morphed into a gritty novel of surviving the war and the German occupation of Paris by whatever means possible I particularly liked how the author contrasted the lives of these three women whose lives intersect at times to give different perspectives I also liked how he contrasted the grim reality the melancholy of everyday life under the occupation with rare moments of unadulterated joy the spark that lit the desire to survive no matter what The book is peppered with real people I learned a lot about Coco Chanel I had never known her background nor that she was a Nazi sympathizer I had in the past simply admired her style And I had never heard of Arletty the French film star At the end of the book the Author's Note provides a lot of information about the people in the book who were real and what happened to them after the war as well as further information about the history of the Ritz Hotel in Paris It like the book itself is well worth reading Although one of the categories I have assigned The Parisians is romance don't let that put you off There is no schmaltzy romance of an awakening and nothing that is inappropriate to the story If anything the love story enhances the overall realism This is not a book to be rushed through It is a book to be lingered over one that may challenge your previous perceptions about the people on both sides of the war I would like to read by this author 😊😊😊😊THE AUTHOR Marius Gabriel is an international thriller and mystery writerUnder the pseudonym Madeleine Ker he wrote over 30 romance novels in the 1980sAs Marius Gabriel he has written several mystery best sellers some of them historical novelsHe has three grown up children and currently lives in Cairo and LondonDISCLOSURE Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Parisians by Marius Gabriel for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my sandysbookadaywordpresscom page

  3. Erin Erin says:

    3 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Readers choose books for all sorts of reasons and I am no exception I chose this book specifically for its title because Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world I may have mentioned this in other reviews but I cried the very first time I saw that city and if the Eiffel Tower had been a person well it most likely asked me to stop taking pictures of it The fact that it was also surrounding the WWII era was a plus Juggling characters can be difficult in the case of The Parisians we have three very interesting characters a chambermaid a French actress and Coco Chanel and one intriguing setting the Ritz hotel Since this was the main place of entertainment and rest for the main players in the Nazi regime our plot is driven by plenty of wartime intrigue While young Swedish American Olivia is driven to spy on Herman Goering after her lover dies at the hands of the Gestapo French actress Arletty balances a fine line between the France she knew and what it has become and Marius Gabriel leaves little doubt about designer Coco Chanel's collaboration with the Nazis I enjoyed this story reading it in one sitting and despite one foolish sex scene in which both genders sexual organs were described as particular flowers I felt this was a good addition to the WWII era library

  4. Sandra Sandra says:

    The Parisians by Marius Gabriel opens just before the outbreak of WW11 American born Olivia is an artist and has moved to Paris to paint She is desperately short of money and has resorted to trying to selling tourist paintings along the banks of the river Seine Here she meets Fabrice and with the help of his mother Olivia get a job as a chambermaid in the glamorous Ritz HotelBritain declares war on Germany then Paris falls to Germany occupation Olivia sees the changes in the grand Ritz Hotel as the Nazis elite evict the hotel guest and take over the luxurious suits Olivia has almost unlimited access to the rooms in the Ritz she sees how she can help the the Resistance The story is told from three women’s perspectivesOlivia who put her life in danger to support the Resistance Coco Chanel who supported the Nazis and the war French actress Arletty who risked her career to follow her heart Entwining real people in the story was interesting especially the story of Arletty and her humble origins to being the top actress in France at the time The luxurious and opulent lifestyle the Nazis lead in Paris whilst others starved was an eye opener Well off members in Paris society collaborated with the occupying forces and although this was forbidden within the walls of the Ritz anything seemed to goHow true or accurate it is I don’t know but I assume it has been meticulously researched Some characterisation I found clumsy especially that of Olivia I found her slightly irritating but the other women’s stories made the book for me Loved the authors note at the end of the novel where he explains what happened after the war to the actual people mentioned in his book and many of the characters in the book were real people fascinating 3 12 star read

  5. Tahera Tahera says:

    It is 1940 and Paris the Ritz have been occupied by the Nazis Most of the story revolves in the Ritz where we find 3 women both fictional and real who use this invasion for either their benefit or to extract revenge Olivia Olsen is an aspiring artist turned chambermaid at the Ritz who becomes a favourite of Adolf Hitler's right hand man and uses this as an opportunity to help the Resistance and in the process avenge the death of her fianceeCoco Chanel is a world famous designer who sees at the onset that this regime can work to her benefit and doesn't waste time and effort to use them to get what she wantsArletty France's darling and best loved actresses of the time shocks herself and the sentiments of all French people when she decides to get into an ill fated affair with a German Luftwaffe officer Hans Jurgen SoehringWhat I really liked about this book was how the author managed to bring together both fictional and real characters into the story at times intersecting their story lines to give a perspective outlook on this grim period of history and what people were willing to do to survive itAlso at the end of the book the author gives us a short update on all the real people in the book telling us what happened to them and where their lives led them after the war was over which was interesting and made me Google to know about them The only drawback for me was that I did not emotionally connect with anyone in the book but overall the book was grippingMy thanks to Netgalley the author and publishers for giving me an ARC

  6. Karren Sandercock Karren Sandercock says:

    Struggling artist Olivia Olsen is living in Paris during WW II she is of Swedish heritage the German's don't realize she's actually American and she starts working as a chambermaid at the Ritz to pay her rent and buy foodAs a chambermaid she has access to rooms and she gains the trust of Hermann Goering a high ranking German officer Olivia reminds him of his first wife he reuests for her to be in charge of waking him up in the morning and cleaning his room The book uses fact fiction to create an interesting story and it all takes place in the posh hotelOlivia Olsen decides to take a huge risk to help the French resistance she learns to use a tiny camera to take pictures of documents that the German officers leave lying around on desks in their rooms Some very famous people stayed and lived at the Ritz during WW II they were friends with the German officers and Coco Chanel was one of themI gave the book four stars I have shared my review on Goodreads Australia Twitter and my bloghttpskarrenreadsbooksblogspotcom

  7. Kerrin Parris Kerrin Parris says:

    The Parisians follows the life of Olivia Olsen an American living in Paris who is literally a starving artist Her new boyfriend’s mother is able to get Olivia a job as a chambermaid at the Ritz right before the start of World War II When the war is imminent Olivia is given a Swedish passport and decides to remain in ParisThe plot intertwines the fictional Olivia into the lives of real people including Coco Chanel and the famous French actress Arletty who was bisexual When the Germans overtake Paris the elite Gestapo members including Hermann Göring move into the Ritz and Olivia becomes his chambermaid Olivia then connects with the French Resistance and passes on valuable information she gathers from the hotelThrough Olivia’s eyes the reader learns how Coco Chanel Arletty and many wealthy Parisians got in bed both literally and figuratively with the Germans during World War II There is a female Gestapo officer whose character is closely based on the real life French athlete Violet MorrisThis is a very believable story about the roles that three strong women Olivia Coco and Arletty played in World War II 5 stars Book Club recommendedIf you like book reviews that come with recipe recommendations check out my blog wwwkerrinsbookreviewscom My recipe to go with The Parisians is Julia Child’s Fondue de Poulet à la Crème Chicken Simmered with Cream and Onions

  8. - ̗̀ whoreofbookboyfriends ̖́- - ̗̀ whoreofbookboyfriends ̖́- says:

    I'm surprised at how much I loved this Read my review

  9. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    I will say this about this book thank God for Coco Chanel and Arletty Those two women made the book worthwhile reading I found the beginning of the book very hard to get into thanks to Olivia Olsen this young artist who has come to Paris to paint She's just the kind of character I have a problem with a young naive thing that on the very first pages of the book meets a young anarchist that will take her by storm I was not amused I found Olivia to be boring to be very frank However I kept on reading because as I wrote before there were two bright spots in this book Coco Chanel and the French actress Arletty Personally I wouldn't have minded that Olivia had been cut out of the picture and the book had been just about Coco Chanel and Arletty Although I have to admit Olivia role become interesting after the Germans occupied France and she started to help the ResistanceAt first I gave the book 4 stars but after some considerations did I lover the rating to 3 stars And that's because I've read two books previously by Marius Gabriel that I really enjoyed The Ocean Liner and The Designer The Parisians can't really measure up to them It's just not as interesting unfortunately Still there are some really good parts in the book well everything concerning Coco Chanel and Arletty I felt that Olivia personality was truly bland and I felt it the most when she interacted with them She grew a bit better towards the end but still the stars of this book were Coco Chanel and Arletty I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review

  10. Bookworm Bookworm says:

    The Parisians was a solid account of how WW2 impacted Paris and the role of The Ritz hotel The story focuses on the lives of 3 women whose paths intersect throughout the war at The Ritz The author includes historical characters including a famous French actress named Arletty and the infamous Coco Channel At the heart of the story is a young American artist named Olivia Olsen who clings to her Swiss roots and pretends to be from Switzerland Olivia gets a job as a chambermaid at The Ritz and is privy to many of the Nazi's secret plans as she cleans rooms Her role in the resistance is highlighted Arletty falls for an SS officer and her budding romance is scorned by French Patriots Coco is mostly depicted during the first part of the story as she immerses herself with the Nazis I enjoyed Arletty's story and Olivia's story picked up during the second half of the book I wasn't very interested in Coco's role and found myself uite detached when the plot focused on her In all the story was interesting although there was nothing about the war that I didn't already know So if you tend to read a lot of books with a ww2 backdrop you may find the historical bits redundant Where I struggled most with this book was with it's one dimensional plot and limited opportunity for emotional connection I enjoyed the love stories and felt these were the instances during which I most strongly connected emotionally I think if the story had gone a little deeper with its characters it would have made it that much heartfeltIn all a book that I'd recommend to readers who are interested in a ww2 story that is superficial in nature and without the raw descriptive atrocities that happened to many people during this time Some significant occurrences are mentioned but in a lighter way As others have mentioned the first half is slow but picks up at about the 60% markThank you to publisher and NG for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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