FICTION

All the Flowers in Paris

Ballantine. Aug. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781101885055. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885062. F
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This dual time line story from best-selling author Jio (Always) starts in the present with Caroline recovering from a violent accident and left with partial amnesia. She tentatively starts to piece together her past. As she reaches out to her quaint Paris neighbors, she finds the handsome chef/owner of the nearby bistro the most helpful. Frustrated as flashbacks to her former life remain elusive, she scours her apartment for clues, discovering a hidden cache of wartime letters. Readers are then transported to 1943 German-occupied Paris. Young widow Céline, with the help of her father, is raising her daughter Cosi. Céline does all she can to shield Cosi from the horrors of war by making their lives as normal as possible. But fear for their safety mounts when the striking Céline catches the eye a high-ranking Nazi officer. As a way to distract herself as her own troubled memories come flooding back, Caroline enlists help to discover the fate of mother and daughter.
VERDICT Fans of Beatriz Williams will enjoy the historical aspects of Jio’s thoughtful, expressive, and poignant story of love, forgiveness, and strength in the face of tragedy. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/19.]

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