Daughters of Paris

Author: Elisabeth Hobbes

Publisher: One More Chapter

Release Date: August 5, 2022

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The bonds of friendship last beyond the tides of war.

Collette is the daughter of wealth and privilege growing up in post Great War Paris.  She lacks for nothing but is often underestimated by her peers and the socialite scene that she is thrust into.  She carries secrets that weigh on her conscience but must not let anyone know what has happened in her past to prevent her future.

Fleur is the daughter of a maid in Collette’s parent’s estate.  After her mother dies, Fleur continues to live at the estate with her aunt.  She and Collette are fast friends when they are young, but as time moves on, they grow apart.  When Germany marches into Paris, they realize that they must trust each other and rely on the early friendship they once had if they are going to survive.

As World War II fiction goes, this was a quick read with a look into the occupation of Paris and how people of different classes dealt with it.  Hobbes does a good job of balancing the book between both Collette and Fleur, giving each character a chance to tell their tale.  I think Fleur was my favorite character as she had to overcome so much adversity to be able to get ahead and life even when she was set back.  Collette also showed more resolve than I originally thought she would have, but still fell second to Fleur.  The book had a few historical references that I was glad to see and kept the romance to a minimum, which was nice for this type of story. 

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

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