Jump back in time to Paris, France, joining the resistance as they fight against the Nazis during World War II
Fabulous! The Paris Dressmaker was an elegant and captivating novel about the horrors, risks, and hardships Parisians faced in the City of Love during the Nazi occupation. Taking readers into the worlds of espionage, couture, art, and everyday life, the story takes us on an epic journey, introducing us to courageous people who didn’t allow the threat of the Nazi’s brutality to prevent them from doing what was right!
The Paris Dressmaker tells the tale of Lila de Laurent, a revered seamstress who worked for Chanel before becoming unemployed when the shop was closed down, and Sandrine Paquet, a mother who will do anything to protect her son while her husband fights against the Germans. Facing separate perils, these women must make significant sacrifices and decisions to save the ones they love. Will they succeed in their missions, or will their alliances prove to be perilous?
“Before the war, a Parisian woman could not vote, work, or even open a checking account without her husband’s say so. To humiliate her now, propaganda posters fed the lie that she and her children had been abandoned in the necessities of life by the French men who’d run off to play savior by fighting a war they couldn’t possibly win. Now it was only the German soldier who could save her.” ~ Kristy Cambron
War is not only a matter of life and death but allegiance and devotion. Lila and Sandrine learn this and more as they work under the Nazi’s noses, collecting information and taking messages to the resistance who are awaiting the Allied forces’ support to defeat the Nazis. With their faith and love put to the test, both women will question everything they once thought to be true as they witness and experience the perils of war firsthand. Nevertheless, it is not all treacherous as Lila and Sandrine find hope and light in the darkness.
Completely absorbed into the storyline, The Paris Dressmaker took me on a wild ride that only grew more action-packed the further into the story I dove. Kristy Cambron completely embodied the location, people, and message in her narrative. As I listened to the audiobook, I could picture every scene, feel every emotion, and experience every mission the women took to end the Nazi’s reign in Paris.
Historical fiction lovers are going to ravage this book! It is everything you could hope a novel will be — exceptional storytelling, intriguing characters, heart-melting moments, and a sense of patriotism in characters who refused to let the enemy destroy their desire for freedom. The Paris Dressmaker will have you gripping your seat until the final scene!
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