Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Until Leaves Fall In Paris By Sarah Sundin

until Leaves fall in Paris
by Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800736378

A couple years ago I began listening to Sarah Sundin's books on audiobook and became hooked. Now her books are first in line when I know they're being released!! I was sent this book for review.


Paris, 1940

When the Nazis march toward Paris, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. The Germans make it difficult for her to keep Green Leaf Books afloat. And she must keep the store open if she is to continue aiding the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. But in order to carry out his mission, he must appear to support the occupation--which does not win him any sympathy when he meets Lucie in the bookstore.

In a world turned upside down, will love or duty prevail?

My Review:

You know those stories you get lost in so much that you're not ready to leave it? That's what it was like to read Until Leaves Fall in Paris. I "watched" this entire story play out in my mind! The author has such an incredible gift of bringing every little piece of her stories to life. From imagining the notes left in books for the resistance or the different color of green on the leaves, it's all so vivid through her writing.

I don't think you can read a WWII novel written by this author and not have emotional reactions throughout it. I absolutely adored Lucie. She was such an incredible character. While she was born in America, it was easy to feel her love of Paris through her life. Then there was Paul. My heart was so heavy for him and his little Josie. Having to live in Paris shunned by appearing to be a collaborator with Germany was clearly difficult for him because of how it affected Josie. I can only imagine how many people were misunderstood during that time.

The tension of being part of the resistance or pretending to be a collaborator was strong as a reader! I held my breath so many times throughout the story wondering if that time was going to be when everything came to light. Seriously sat on the edge of my seat for the whole story!

What I loved about the story was Lucie and Paul getting to know each other better. It was such a sweet and tender romance under the worst conditions. Their roles being hidden from each other for the protection of everyone added an element that I couldn't wait to be resolved!

Honestly, there was so much to love about this story, I couldn't put all of it in a review because I'd be telling you everything bout it!

About the Author:

Sarah Sundin is the bestselling author of When Twilight Breaks and several popular WWII series, including Sunrise at Normandy, Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory. She is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award winner, and her novels have received starred reviews from BooklistLibrary Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and have appeared on Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Sarah lives in Northern California. Visit for more information.


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