While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart. (2021).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Paris, 1944. A young woman’s future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left is hope.
Santa Cruz, 1953. Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind, with a scar on his face a small price for surviving the Nazi occupation. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door in his new American life.
On a darkened platform, two destinies became entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.
I’ve said it before, I’m always a bit hesitant with WW2 fiction because there’s so many novels out there and they all seem to be published at the same time in waves so it’s hard to not compare. However, I can happily report this novel is one of the standouts that has an original storyline. It’s hard to believe this was a debut novel because it’s extraordinary well-written and absorbing. It’s hard to go into detail with no spoilers for this particular book. However I can say that it is an emotional read at times, with the characters facing truly horrible situations. Even though your heart break will at points, the love characters have for one another shines through and is quite beautiful.
Overall: I highly recommend this fantastic novel for anyone that enjoys historical fiction.