The Paris Daughter

S. & S. Audio. Jun. 2023. 12:07 hrs. ISBN 9781797154954. $24.99. F
Best-selling novelist Harmel (The Book of Lost Names) has returned with another sweeping World War II drama featuring two young Parisian mothers who must make the most difficult choice of their lives. During a beautiful summer in 1939, Juliette, a pregnant bookshop owner, befriends Elise, a young artist also expecting her first child. As they become fast friends, so do their daughters; but unease is growing in Paris as German occupation appears more and more likely. When Elise’s husband’s political activity jeopardizes her family, she turns to her best friend for help, asking her to raise her daughter until they can safely reunite. It is the only way to keep her safe while Elise goes on the run. After the war ends, Juliette, her family, and Elise’s daughter are nowhere to be found. What has happened, and can anything ever be the same again? The audio is brilliantly narrated by Madeleine Maby, whose accents and voices help elevate this production into a work of art.
VERDICT Heart-wrenching, profound, and ultimately hopeful, this tale of love and loss will stick with listeners long after they finish this book. A must for readers of WWII historical fiction.
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