Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin – Book Review

Posted February 3, 2022 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin – Book Review

Until Leaves Fall in Paris

by Sarah Sundin


Published by Baker Publishing
Publication Date February 1, 2022
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: France World War II Era - 1939 - 1946
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 400

Synopsis:

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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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Until Leaves Fall in Paris is such an amazing story!! While I have come to expect that from author Sarah Sundin, this book exceeds the others I’ve read by her.

This poignant story touched me on so many levels! Pain for the secrets that Paul and Lucie had that kept them apart. Fear for their safety because of their clandestine activities. Amazement at the sacrifices they were willing to make. Hope for the budding attraction they felt for one another. Devastation at the events that occurred. Love for little Josie, the precocious motherless child, so misunderstood by her father. Interspersed humor appropriately lightened what otherwise would have been a very heavy story…

I enjoyed the sweet endearments Paul had for Josie so very much! I couldn’t say for certain, but I don’t think any were repeated. Making this even sweeter was the way Paul used them to emphasize the intense love he had for his little girl. And speaking of Josie, her stories were rather amazing! She was very perceptive and so vibrant!

Also notable were the clever names of the various car designs produced by Aubrey Automotive and the way they tied into the commitment Paul’s family had for making their cars the gold standard of the auto industry. And Paul’s nickname for the trucks he ended up producing was hysterical!

Historical fiction aficionados, be prepared for an emotional journey as you read! You might even want to have some tissues nearby.

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About Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of ten historical novels, including The Sea Before Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award.

A mother of three grown children, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.

Phyllis’ note – be sure to visit Sarah’s website. She has a great interactive  WWII map there that you can use to view locations and quotes from her books.

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