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Paris Never Leaves You

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Living through WWII working in a Paris bookstore with her young daughter, Vivi, and fighting for her life, Charlotte is no victim, she is a survivor. But can she survive the next chapter of her life?

Alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York publishing, Paris Never Leaves You is an extraordinary story of resilience, love, and impossible choices, exploring how
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin's Press and Beatrice Jason for an egalley of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Alternating between New York in the 1950's and Paris in the 1940's, Paris Never Leaves You was a compelling story about a bookseller, Charlotte and her baby daughter, Vivienne, who survive occupation during the war and are sponsored by acquaintances to find a new life in the United States. But as Vivienne grows older she is asking for more information about her family
War is hell. I often find that reading books about war is the same. I do my best to avoid them. The premise of Paris Never Leaves You is that it was post WWII, however, that isn't totally accurate. Set in a dual timeline, the story alternates between the 1950s in NYC where we find Charlotte and her daughter living post-war and the 1940s in France and what Charlotte had to do to survive the war to get to that point. Charlotte lives with the guilt as so many survivors do.

In the past year there
Karren  Sandercock
Thank so much to Edelweiss, St. Martin's Press and Ellen Feldman for my digital copy of her new book: Paris Never Leaves You, I read a lot of WW II historical fiction, this book is absolutely brilliant, one of the best I have read this year and I didn't want it to end.

Occupied France, Charlotte Foret, is a young french widow and she has an eighteen month old daughter called Vivienne. Charlotte and her friend Simone run a bookshop together, they both have young children, they take it in turns
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars
Author Ellen Feldman’s impressive Paris Never Leaves You is a different type of WWII story. Set in both 1944 and 1954, we learn of Charlotte and her young daughter Vivi’s life during the war in Paris and ten years later when they are safely living in New York City. We know from the beginning of the book that Charlotte and her daughter survive the war but can Charlotte fully escape her secrets and guilt as her daughter starts asking questions about her heritage? This compelling story
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Though this books does depict the atrocities perpetuated against the Jews. The main focus is those that witnessed these atrocities but were personally untouched by them. The main character is one such person who feels an overwhelming sense of survivor guilt. Feldman does an excellent job of exploring the psychological effects of war on not only soldiers but civilians as well.
Paris in 1944; New York City in 1954. This is the story of Charlotte and her daughter Vivi living in Paris during occupied WWII in occupied France and then 10 years later in New York City. One of the few historical fictions I’ve read that depicts the humanity of both sides of the equation - the personal and moral struggles of individuals on opposite sides. In 1944, Charlotte Floret is the struggling widow with her infant child Vivi running a bookstore in German-occupied Paris. Food is scarce, ...more
What would you do if you suffered with survivor’s guilt? Could you witness atrocity after atrocity and come out unscathed? What emotional and psychic scars mar the soul of witnesses? If you leave the site of those atrocities do you ever truly leave or are you forever tied to time and place?

Paris Never Leaves You is a careful, thoughtful examination of those questions, crafted with humanity in all its pain and survival.

Alternating between wartime Paris and 1950’s NYC, the novel tells the story
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paris Never Leaves You was a very captivating historical fiction alternating between the 1940s Paris and the 1950s NYC. It centered on a Parisian widow, Charlotte, who worked as a bookseller during the German occupation of France during WWII. Her will to survive and do whatever was necessary was not based on her own needs but that of her young daughter, Vivienne. Shame and guilt were always present, but a mother’s love knew no bounds.

Tensions were high as Charlotte and her daughter tried to
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
The story begins in 1954 with Charlotte Foret as an editor at Gibbon and Field in NYC. Her and her daughter’s story is revealed through dual time line, going back to WWII.

Most of the past story is revealed through Charlotte’s thoughts, making it feel often as it goes abruptly from present to past and vice versa. I need a good structure for fluency purposes.

A lot of scenes are about Charlotte being in one place, but thinking about another event. There is too much jumping around with thoughts,
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were many things to love about this book. The characters were realistic and believable. They weren't heroes, just regular people who were forced to make heartbreaking decisions during terrible times. This was an interesting perspective on World War II that I hadn't read before and the surprising twists made me want to keep reading.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman WWII historical fiction about the psychological effects of the war on civilians who witnessed the cruelty and brutality inflicted on others and were trying to survive in Paris during the Occupation. Duel timeline set in occupied France during the war and in New York during the 1950's. Well written and well paced with relatable characters. A different portrayal of the people trying to survive during WWII.

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this. I couldn't put it down. I read it in about a day (had to work at some point in the middle). Charlotte is a young woman with a baby when the Nazis take over Paris. This is the story of what she does to survive and how she deals with her conscience later. I thought all of the characters were well written. I definitely recommend this one.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

Living through World War II
Bonnye Reed
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
pub date June 2, 2020
St. Martin's Press - Griffin
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I read a lot of historical fiction and I love Paris, however, this mostly means books about Paris during WW2. This book is about Paris during WW2, from a different vantage point. It is absolutely brilliant, I didn't want it to end.

The book has a dual timeline, it goes between wartime in occupied France and New York in the 1950's, about 10 years later. It works really well and I had no trouble with following the story.

However, due to this, you know early on that the main character Charlotte and
Erin Clemence
Special thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected pub date: June 2, 2020

“Paris Never Leaves You” by Ellen Feldman is a historical romance novel about guilt, desperation, and the choices we make.

During World War II, when the French were being invaded by Germany, Charlotte was working in a book store, desperately trying to find ways to keep her and her infant daughter, Vivienne, alive. When
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

This novel takes place with alternating timelines along with duet settings. The novel starts out in NYC in the 1950's with the main character Charlotte raising her daughter Vivienne alone because she is a widow from before World War II. Charlotte works as an editor at a publising house. The book jumps back and forth in time which at times was a little unsettling because many times the narrative could be describing a time in Charlotte's life in the present
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman is an unbelievably stunning Historical Fiction that is so unique, consuming, and harrowing novel that will stay with me for years to come.

Without giving away the plot and surprises placed within, I have to say that this book created so many emotions for me. It is definitely not a light read and is deep, and at times dark, but everything was fitting and appropriate.

This is a story, not just about the horrific occurrences that individuals went through during
Julie Failla Earhart
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ages ago, I read author Ellen Feldman’s “Lucy,” and it was a wonderful read. I’m sorry to say tht I haven’t read any of her five books since then, but I plan to rectify that soon. In this, her sixth, novel, Feldman deals with a form of PTSD as invoked by the title. Charlotte can never forget what happened in Paris during the Nazi Occupation. Her daughter Vivi, was barely a toddler, but the events of those extraordinary times also seem to prey on her.

The novel opens in Paris, in 1944. Charlotte
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is survival, then there is guilt, but when one feels guilty for surviving it could tear you apart. Many a holocaust survivor suffer from that guilt....why did they stay alive and others did not...why did their family members all die and why didn't they?

This story is set in occupied France during WWII and in America in the 1950's. Charlotte and her daughter Vivi have settled in New York having been sponsored by Horace and Hannah Field with Charlotte working for Horace in his publishing
Sheri Melnick
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Feldman (Terrible Virtue) moves seamlessly from World War II Paris to 1950s New York as one woman faces guilt for survival during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Charlotte works at a New York publishing house during the 1950s after immigrating to the U.S. from Paris with her young daughter Vivi. When she receives mail from South America, she is reminded of a man she knew in Paris.

After the death of her husband, Charlotte was barely surviving with her infant Vivi, working in her family’s bookstore
Judy Christiana
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading the Advanced Reader Copy of this book in January 2020. It will be released on June 2, 2020. I predict that this will be one of the most popular books of 2020! Every book club will have it on their to-be-read list.

It is easy enough to read the synopsis of the book, so I will not go on to write that same summary here. What I will say it that "this book will never leave you". When you walk into a grocery and see an orange, you will think of this story. When you hold that secret
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paris Never Leaves You is a very different and unexpected World War II story. Charlotte Foret and her young daughter Vivi are not rounded up at night, forced to leave their homes and their families, and transported to a concentration camp. Instead, Charlotte, a young widow who runs a book shop, is left on her own in Paris, as the Nazi's move in and take over. Vivi is very young, and the Germans take everything, leaving very little for the populace to eat. The danger is great - the Nazi's are ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ARC from #NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Paris Never Leaves You forges new ground for this avid reader of historical fiction. The novel alternates between Paris during the Nazi occupation and New York City ten years later. The protagonist, Charlotte, is a young widow with a small daughter. She does her best to stay on the sidelines, to not attract anyone's attention so that she and her daughter might survive the Nazi occupation of Paris. Quiet Charlotte runs a
Kati Berman
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Paris Never Leaves You
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The story has a dual timeframe, 1940’s Paris under German occupation and 1950’s New York City. The main protagonist, Charlotte works at a book shop in Paris and takes care of her young daughter Vivi. Times are hard, the city is under German control, food and medicine is scarce and every day is a struggle to survive. A German officer becomes a frequent visitor to the bookstore and eventually provides food,
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Thank you St. Martin's and Net Galley for the chance to read this book and provide an unbiased review. A little less than 4 for me, but not enough to round down. In all honesty, I did not feel truly engaged until a little before I was a third of the way done, but it was smooth sailing from there on. I read a LOT of WWII stories and I keep getting a sense that maybe I have burned out on them, and then I let my shield down and one gets in and I am not at all disappointed. I think maybe I have been ...more
Jessica Hughes
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Something about WWII books that just keep me coming back for more and more. This story is unique in that it doesn't tell the tale of a Jewish family during the war, but rather a gentile and her daughter who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Going between occupied Paris France in 1944, and NYC in 1954, Charlotte's memories keep taking her back to the time she ran a small Paris bookstore when the German Nazis occupied Paris. Survival was on everyone's mind at this time regardless what your ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The author alternates between New York in the 1950's and Paris in the 1940's in this compelling story about a publisher, Charlotte and her baby daughter, Vivienne. These two survive the German occupation of Paris during the WWII thanks to a mother’s determination and the kindness of a German soldier. Upon the end of the occupation and under the pretense that they are Jewish, the two are
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Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Scottsboro, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, and Lucy. She writes both fiction and social history, and has published articles on the history of divorce, plastic surgery, Halloween, the Normandie, and many other topics, as well as numerous book reviews. She has also lectured extensively around the country and in Germany and England, and is a ...more