I just finished listening to the audio book The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure. It’s a WWII book and readers know I like them so it was recommended to me. THANKS FOR THE RECOMMENDATION!!
The story takes place in France during the occupation. It’s a great novel of alliances between people and questions of who can be trusted.
The author did a great job building the main character into someone who I really didn’t like in the beginning to someone who I came to admire in the end.
Here is what Amazon had to say, “In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can’t resist.
But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what’s at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right.
Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved.”
Amazon readers give it 4.5 stars. I’d agree with that. I liked it! I would recommend this to anyone who likes this genre of books.