All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio #review #historicalfiction @randomhouse @sarahjio

Overview

Sarah Jio weaves past and present in this eminently readable novel about love, gratitude, and forgiveness. I tore through the pages!”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline

Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious stack of love letters, and shocking secrets sweeping from World War II to the present—for readers of Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale.

When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and a young child, she vows to piece her life back together—though she can’t help but feel she may be in danger. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior.

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is trying to build a new life for her daughter while working in her father’s flower shop and hoping to find love again. Then a ruthless German officer discovers her Jewish ancestry and Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. When her worst fears come true, she must fight back in order to save the person she loves most: her daughter.

When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets—and that she may have more in common with Céline than she could have ever imagined.

All the Flowers in Paris is an emotionally captivating novel rooted in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the steadfastness of a mother’s love, and the many complex layers of the heart—especially its capacity to forgive.

“Heart-stopping . . . Fans of emotional, romantic stories set during World War II will enjoy this heartbreaking tale of love and loss.”—Booklist

Review

Caroline has had a terrible accident. She has lost her memory. She discovers she has been living as a recluse in an old apartment in Paris. Plus, she discovers she not been a very nice person. She meets a wonderful man but as her memory slowly recovers, she wonders if she can trust him. Caroline also finds some old WWII letters in her apartment and this sends her on a unique quest.

Two different story lines in this novel create an emotional tale. Caroline finding Céline’s letters sends her on a search for the answers. The answers are not what she expects. Céline’s tale will tear your heart out. But, Caroline’s tale is not much better. When these two stories intertwine your emotions goes haywire!

I have been a huge fan of Sarah Jio forever! She has some amazing reads. This one is OVER THE TOP! First of all, it is in my favorite time period…WWII, there is a mystery and dark secrets….what is not to love!

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