Until Leaves Fall in Paris

Author: Sarah Sundin

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: February 1, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is by far Sundin’s best book yet!

With the fall of Paris on the horizon, Lucie Girard’s Jewish friends that own her favorite bookstore have decide to leave for their own safety.  They’ve been so good to Lucie by allowing her to stay with them so she could study ballet when her parents moved back to the United States that she feels she must help them, so she buys the bookstore.  A year later Paris is fully occupied, and several titles are banned from being sold, but she manages to get by a little at a time.  When she discovers that the French resistance is using her bookstore to pass along coded messages, she knows that she too must do her part to be part of pushing back against the Nazis.

After the death of his wife, automaker Paul Aubrey wants to return to the United States with his daughter to keep her safe.  But the US government wants him to keep the factory open and appear as a collaborator with the Germans so that he can pass information back to the US.  Paul becomes shunned by the Americans remaining in Paris, even the young bookstore owner that his daughter has taken such a liking too.  But he knows that to make it convincing, he needs to keep up appearances.  As his silent effort grows by taking in British airmen at the factory, he becomes more drawn to Lucie Girard, but can he risk his secret?

There is no doubt that this is Sarah Sundin’s best book!  I have been reading her WWII fiction for years and this book had me captured from the beginning through the end.  Just when I thought that the story was about to let up, she threw in a twist that I didn’t see coming and kept me glued to the page.  Thank goodness I had a couple of days where all I had to do was read! 

I love both Paul and Aubrey.  And as a reader you get to see what is happening before it ever does.  But with that comes the pain that both characters feel from each other when the truth isn’t known.  The tension is spot on.  The romance isn’t forced but allows for a natural attraction.  There just aren’t enough good things to say about this book.  Get your copy today!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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