With 1940's Paris as a backdrop, The Last Time I Saw Paris is an exciting new novel. From the very first pages author Lynn Sheene sets up a quick, yet highly enjoyable, pace. Everything the readers need to know is spelled out in an entertaining fashion. War, suspense, betrayal, and romance are creatively weaved into this delightful novel.
In the beginning, Claire Harris is fleeing her life of lies. She'd been living a glamorous lifestyle in Manhattan. Riches, jewels, and fame at her hand, but all of it was a lie. She's kept hidden her simple upbringing of a farmer's daughter. Claire believes she's fleeing to the beautiful City of Lights, Paris, with the romantic idea of starting anew and living a comfortable, and sigh worthy, life as a converted Parisian. All of her hopes are dashed when she encounters Nazi soldiers marching along the streets. Frightened, and without a way out, Claire takes a job in a flower shop. Later on, Claire aids the French Resistance in order to survive. What happens from page to page is so lively and worthy of being read.
I absolutely enjoyed The Last Time I Saw Paris. Sheene's storytelling is top notch. Vividly detailed and suspensifully romantic, any reader will enjoy this novel. I was impressed with Sheene's attention to detail, yet knowing when not to go overboard. She got to her points quickly, and with perfect descriptive beauty.
From war to romance, Claire's story will grip the readers, just as much as it did me. Now, this is me highly recommending The Last Time I Saw Paris. I know readers will not be disappointed.
A stunning debut novel of a young American woman who becomes a spy in Paris during World War II.
May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn't anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the German occupation, the once- privileged socialite's only option is to take a job in a flower shop under the tutelage of a sophisticated Parisian florist.
In exchange for false identity papers, Claire agrees to aid the French Resistance. Despite the ever-present danger, she comes to love the enduring beauty of the City of Light, exploring it in the company of Thomas Grey, a mysterious Englishman working with the Resistance. Claire's bravery and intelligence make her a valuable operative, and slowly her values shift as she witnesses the courageous spirit of the Parisians.
But deception and betrayal force her to flee once again-this time to fight for the man she loves and what she knows is right-praying she has the heart and determination to survive long enough to one day see Paris again.