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Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin: Book Review

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

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.

Sarah Sundin is the bestselling author of When Twilight Breaks and several popular WWII series, including Sunrise at Normandy, Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory. She is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award winner, and her novels have received starred reviews from BooklistLibrary Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and have appeared on Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Sarah lives in Northern California. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

As much as I love WWII historical fiction novels, I must admit that at times they can weigh just a little too heavy on my heart. To be honest, before starting this one I wasn't sure if now would be the best time to try reading one with everything going on in the world around us and all. And yet, I adore Sarah Sundin and ultimately could not wait to experience this one right away... and oh am I glad I didn't wait! 

Until Leaves Fall in Paris was such a beautifully written story, highlighting characters who despite the dangers found ways to do the right thing. Isn't that a message that is so needed right now? I adored these characters who were wonderfully written, drawing me back to this place and time in such a remarkable way. While the last 25% or so of the story was certainly quite intense, I absolutely couldn't put it down. The romance between Paul and Lucie was fantastic, and Josie's character truly just heled make the story! 

Overall, a wonderful story and one that fans of WWII fiction are sure to want to experience for themselves.


  1. Like the excerpt. Good review. I look forward to reading this story.


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