Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

This story is set in 1939 during the war years.  Different characters have their own chapters.  A lot happens on these book pages...

Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 2nd.

France thinks they will be safe from the Germans.  They are at first.  Then the Nazi's come to town.  They take what they want, look for Jews and can kill you for anything they take as a slight.

Brothers and sons die.  Even good friends can find one betraying the other if they don't watch what they say to who.

The library is the focal part of the story.  They send books to the soldiers.  When the Jews must stay home. library volunteers take them books to read.  There are checkpoints everywhere.  If you are not careful, you could be jailed.

This story is a bit depressing but you feel the characters and their anxiety and fear.  There are some love stories but not all those end happily ever after either.

This is a historical novel with facts thrown in here and there.  This was a time of war and loneliness.  You couldn't be sure who to trust...

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