What I’m Reading: Until the Leaves Fall in Paris

I had a book on reserve with my online library.  It came…but life got in the way and I never got the book listened to.  It happens.  I had wanted to listen to the book so I went on Hoopla and they had the book so I downloaded it and listened to it right away.  So was the book worth checking out twice??

YES.  I enjoyed the book.  It totally kept my attention and had me happily listening along.  It takes place in France…it deals with the French Resistance in WWII.  Those are all topics I typically enjoy.

Here’s what Amazon has to say:
When the Nazis march into Paris, an American woman uses her bookstore to aid the resistance, while a businessman chooses to sell his products to Germany–and send vital information home to the US. Can they work together for the higher good, or will it cost them everything they love?

Well, Amazon didn’t say much, did they??

I went to Goodreads and they had a little better synopsis…
When the Nazis march toward Paris, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. The Germans make it difficult for her to keep Green Leaf Books afloat. And she must keep the store open if she is to continue aiding 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. But in order to carry out his mission, he must appear to support the occupation—which does not win him any sympathy when he meets Lucie in the bookstore.

In a world turned upside down, will love or duty prevail?”

That was better.

Amazon readers gave the book 4.7 stars.  I’m going to say 4.3.  The book was good but I think I’m getting a little burned out on WWII stories.  I know that sounds bad but I think it’s the truth.  So many of them all sound the same to me.  I really don’t think it’s this book.  I truly think it’s me.

If you’re interested, you can find the book HERE.

I would love book recommendations that aren’t WWII related.  Does anyone have some?


22 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Until the Leaves Fall in Paris”

  1. Anything from Jennifer Chiaverini, but definitely the Elm Creek Quilt series. I signed up for Scribd, very reasonable and mostly unlimited ( a few books become unavailable towards to end of the month but start over the next month) to listen to them. I down graded audible and added Scribd so it’s the same amount of $$$$. Scribd has a huge amount of literature. Check it out!

  2. I enjoyed Sonoma Rose; don’t know if it is available as an audiobook. Deals with California during Prohibition. Jennifer Chiaverini is the author.

  3. The Last Blue by Morley Isla, fascinating. But you might have to actually read it as I’m not sure it’s an audio. But well worth it.

  4. jo, you might like the book, The ride of her Life, by Elizabeth Letts. It is a true story about an older lady who rides her horse from Maine to Califonia in the 1950’s. I found it quite interesting.

  5. If you want something completely different, Tony Hillerman’s series of books centered on the Navajo tribal policemen, Jo Leaphorn and Jim Chee. It is an older series, but it is undergoing a revival as two other producers (not Hillerman) have revised one of his novels into the A&E series Dark Winds. The books are founded on good solid mysteries and are filled with amazing desert scenery, wonderful charcter potraits, and a respectful reverence for Navajo and Hopi life and religion.

  6. I too enjoy Jennifer Chiaverni. I just finished reading her book called Mary Todd Lincoln’s Sisters. Quite an insight to Mrs Lincoln. Any of Jennifer Chiaverni’s books are good reads.

  7. I love checking out book recommendations. I’m currently reading Replay by Ken Grimwood. It’s old – published in 1998, and so, so good. It’s about a man who dies and comes back as a 25-year-younger-self to relive his life. Amazon gave it a 4.6 … I’d have to agree.

    Also – anything by Hendrik Groen.

  8. After many serious books I needed something light. Jana De Leon’s 1st, Louisiana Longshot, filled that need.
    Mystery but so funny. Kind of a Lucy & Ethel situation with mystery thrown in. Not often I LOL while reading.

  9. I have enjoyed the Louise Penney books. Set in a French Canadian small town with Inspector Gamache. Plots are great and the people in them are wonderful. The books are also “clean”.

  10. I love the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton. They are about a policeman in a small Scottish village and all the delightful (and wacky) characters that live there. He’s kinda lazy and shuns promotion but solves murder mystery’s (no blood and guts…just “cozy” mysteries). They’re fun.

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