Robin Wells has written a book in my favorite genre, historical fiction set in the 1930’s and 1940’s. “The French War Bride” is a book set in Paris, France and America. The story begins in 2016 with Kat Thompson visiting Amélie O’Conner at the assisted living center where she resides. Katherine has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has come to talk to Amélie to find the truth behind her marriage to Kat’s fiancé, Jack O’Conner. Jack was supposed to come home from the war and marry Kat, but circumstances were such that he brought Amélie home as his war bride instead. This book is actually Amélie’s story beginning in September, 1939 and continuing throughout the war in France. I’m sure that one could never imagine the trials and tribulations that the citizens of Paris and all of France endured at the hands of the occupiers. Everyone did what they had to do in order to eat, live, and also follow their conscience during this period of deprivation and destruction. I loved the book and it brought out the fact that although the United States was engaged in World War II, the actual fighting and enemy occupation was never brought to our mainland. Our citizens really did not know what real sacrifice was. I loved the book and it will be placed on my “keeper” shelf.
World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . .
“I never knew what he saw in you.”
At her assisted living center in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-three-year-old Amélie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected visitor—Kat Thompson, the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack.
Kat and Jack were high school sweethearts who planned to marry when Jack returned from France after World War II. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American officer’s confession in a Parisian church. . .
Now Kat wants to know the truth behind a story that’s haunted her whole life. Finding out how Amélie stole Jack’s heart will—she thinks—finally bring her peace. As Amélie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, The French War Bride reveals how history shapes the courses of our lives. . .for better or for worse.
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