FICTION

The Black Swan of Paris

Mira: Harlequin. Jun. 2020. 480p. ISBN 9780778309338. $27.99. F
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Genevieve Dumont is an acclaimed star, a popular singer in Paris in 1944. She appears to live a happy, carefree life as a darling of the Nazi party. However, readers quickly learn that appearances can be deceiving. Genevieve isn’t just a typical performer; she’s working with the Resistance, collecting important and confidential information to relay back to the French. When she learns that her mother, Baroness Lillian de Rocheford, who’s also working with the Resistance, has been captured by the Nazis, she realizes that she must repair her relationship with long-lost sister Emmy in order to save her mother’s life. Robards takes a step away from her contemporary works (“Guardian” romantic suspense series) and delves into the world of historical fiction, crafting an engaging story that explores an often overlooked aspect of World War II lore.
VERDICT For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, this page-turning novel full of suspense and excitement examines the lengths to which we are willing to go for our loved ones.[See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

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