FICTION

Until Leaves Fall in Paris

Revell Feb. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780800736378. pap. $15.99. CF
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The Nazis have invaded the City of Light and Americans in Paris are responding in a variety of ways. Widower Paul Aubrey is proud of his successful auto factory and wealthy lifestyle. When his business is commandeered by the Germans, he is branded a collaborator, even as he leads secret acts of sabotage. Lucille Girard is an accomplished ballerina and is immersed in the bohemian art community. On impulse, she buys Green Leaf Books to fund her Jewish friends’ passage out of France and becomes embroiled in passing secret messages for the fledging resistance movement. When Girard begins to lose business in a war time economy, she asks Aubrey for help and realizes that business and art aren’t mutually exclusive. As evil overtakes Paris, a few lights fighting for good still shine brightly.
VERDICT Sundin (Where Twilight Breaks) is a master at her craft, and avid readers will devour this in one sitting. With meticulous historical research and an eye for both mystery and romance, Sundin rises to the top of World War II fiction in this latest novel with crossover appeal.
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