What I’m Reading: All the Flowers in Paris

I was so excited when I went on my online library and saw that they had new books!!  Yahoo.  I immediately started filling my wait list and checked out a few.  I love when this happens.  It’s seriously like Christmas to me.  One of the books I was able to immediately check out was All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Gio.  I was excited from the moment I saw the front cover.  It looked to be historical fiction in a time setting I enjoyed…and I was right.  But now, would I like the book??

I did.  The book is set in both present day and in Paris during the occupation in WWII.  I guessed the story early on and what might happen between the present day characters but didn’t guess the whole backstory during WWII.  I think the author did a great job connecting the two.

Here’s what Amazon has to say:When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and a young child, she vows to piece her life back together—though she can’t help but feel she may be in danger. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior.

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is trying to build a new life for her daughter while working in her father’s flower shop and hoping to find love again. Then a ruthless German officer discovers her Jewish ancestry and Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. When her worst fears come true, she must fight back in order to save the person she loves most: her daughter.

When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets—and that she may have more in common with Céline than she could have ever imagined.

All the Flowers in Paris is an emotionally captivating novel rooted in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the steadfastness of a mother’s love, and the many complex layers of the heart—especially its capacity to forgive.

Amazon readers gave the book 4.4 stars.  I think I’d agree.  It was a book that totally kept my attention.  I liked it enough that I went on to check out if the libraries I use have any other books by the same author.  I think that says a lot for how I liked the book.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon.

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: All the Flowers in Paris”

  1. I have stayed in a hotel on rue Cler in Paris. A fascinating street with restaurants, cheese and wine shops, small groceries. I might get this book. Thanks for the book review.

  2. I have read all but the newest 2 of Sarah Jio’s books and loved all but 1. I even used several for book clubs and they were universally enjoyed.

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