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Paris Never Leaves You

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,758 ratings  ·  591 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 sur
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Kimberly I just read the part where she describes Juif and Jude. Jude was German. They wrote Juif on their stars/papers, which the French did not like because …moreI just read the part where she describes Juif and Jude. Jude was German. They wrote Juif on their stars/papers, which the French did not like because it referred to Jewish immigrants more than resident Parisians. They would want other Parisians to know what it said rather than using German as there were gendarmes and other officials checking papers besides the German occupied forces. (less)

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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
2 stars. Completely missed its mark with me.

A WWII novel with a book shop and a publishing house storyline? This book sounded right up my alley as far as historical fiction novels go. Sadly, my initial connection and excitement disappeared a couple chapters in. I wasn’t invested in the characters or storylines and was skim reading by the end.

My main issue was the forced romance that felt awkward and unnecessary. This felt more historical romance than historical fiction. The main character has t
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Started this one with Lindsay, she finished and I am leaving Paris in these pages before it never leaves me.

This just wasn't the right book in the bookshop for me. The two timelines didn't weave together well for me and the story felt disconnected along with the characters. After Lindsay finished this one I decided not to. My rating is based on when I was reading it. So please take my review of what I read lightly and reads a few more.

I received a copy on NetGalley.

Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway; many thanks to GoodReads and the publisher for this opportunity.

This book was written with a little different perspective from my usual WWII reads. I found myself reading it obsessively all day and into the early evening because I could not put it down. Charlotte's harrowing experiences mixed with her combined self-loathing, survivor's guilt and determination to protect her daughter at all cost was compelling and gut-wrenching. All in all a very satisfying
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Paris Never Leaves You may sound like some sort of romance novel, but it’s actually more a story about identity and survival. Charlotte and her daughter, Vivi, survive most of WWII in Paris. Their time in a camp was limited to right before liberation. Yes, there is a romance involved but it is crucial to her survival.
The book alternates between their time during the war and the years afterward in NYC. Charlotte never considered herself a Jew. “Hitler made me a Jew” she tells her daughter more t
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 histo
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 wat
Katie B
I had some issues with this book but I am thankful I read it. The author chose to show the main character's life during the war and after the war and I thought it enhanced the story tremendously. For whatever reason, most historical fiction writers only focus on World War 2 when in my opinion there is still so much to be written about the aftermath.

Charlotte is the mother of a young girl and is working in a Paris bookstore during World War 2. The story will alternate between that part of her li
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
It appears that I have, by chance, read several WWII novels this year and Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman is at the top of the list with five well-deserved stars. During the four-year German occupation of Paris, the lives of the citizens were turned upside down. They had to learn to live with hunger, terror, fear, cruelty and mistrust. Charlotte managed a bookshop and cared for her infant daughter, Vivi. When the German troops were finally pushed out, Charlotte and child emigrated to New ...more
Martie Nees Record
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Genre: Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date: June 2, 2020

When did Women’s Fiction morph into Romance Fiction? Or is it just me who feels the shift? Traditional women's fiction focuses on a woman's lifetime journey. There is frequently a love interest. A romance novel focuses entirely on a woman’s romantic relationships and usually has a happy ending. This novel has two timelines: during and post WWII. Our heroine has a romance going on in both—just not necessa
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 hav
Karren  Sandercock
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Australia and Ellen Feldman for my copy of: Paris Never Leaves You.
In occupied France, Charlotte Foret, is a young widow and she has an eighteen month old daughter called Vivienne. Charlotte and her best friend Simone run a bookshop together, both have young children, they take it in turns watching the children and shop, and waiting in the endless lines for food. Life in Paris during WW II is extremely difficult, food is scarce, and everyone is hungry
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

I hope her grandmother rots in that special circle of hell reserved for bigots…

She doesn’t know if she blames him or pities him, hates him or loves him. All she knows is there is enough shame to go around.

She’s his training analyst. Makes her sound like a pair of wheels on the back of a bike, if you ask me.

“I told Mr. Rosenblum I wasn’t Jewish… I thought I ought to tell him. I mean, after the business with the menorah and everything.” “What did he say?” “That nobody’s perfect.”

Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
The title seems to hint at a love story - maybe even a tragic one. This is however a story of secrets and survival set in alternating cities and times.
Charlotte works in a bookstore in 40's occupied Paris. Food is very scarce and Bosche soldiers are everywhere. Fear is the only thing in abundance. Charlotte struggle to keep the bookstore open, keep very young daughter Vivi fed and herself out of a concentration camp.
Charlotte works as a manuscript reader in a publishing house in 1950's New York.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction
This is a difficult review for me to write, as I really wanted to like this book, but there were just too many things wrong with it, to the point that the negatives ended up outweighing the few positives. I was initially drawn to this book because of the premise and also the genre of historical fiction being one of my favorites. The first chapter actually started off okay, but unfortunately, the more I read, the more I found it difficult to get into the story – my attention would start to wander ...more
Sandra Hoover
Can you ever really leave your past behind? Do secrets ever remain hidden forever? Charlotte, a young widow, made hard choices in order to survive during her and her young daughter's time living in an occupied France during WWII. Alternating between past and present, Paris Never Leaves You is Charlotte's and Vivenne's story making their way in present day New York during the 1950's. Now age fourteen, Viv is asking questions about the father she never knew and their time living in occupied Paris. ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I have been avoiding books on WWII. There are just too many of them and I am overwhelmed. For some reason I ordered this one and I am glad I did. I really liked it and there were plenty of twists that made it more interesting.

Charlotte is working at a bookstore (this could be why I picked this book) during WWII and raising her young daughter, Vivi. I am thrilled there were bookstores open during the German occupation but wonder who had money to buy books. They couldn't afford food but bought b
Kerrin P
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Happy Publication Day! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for allowing me to be part of the book tour for this novel.

The central theme of Paris Never Leaves You is survivor’s guilt. The book looks at three characters and how they dealt with what happened to them during and the aftermath of World War II. These are ordinary people who are thrust into the horrors of war. The main character is Charlotte Foret, who was a widowed mother during the German occupation of Paris. She manages her father’s boo
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3 WWII stars

This one features Charlotte and her daughter Vivienne who are struggling to survive during the war in Paris and then alternates with another timeline about 10 years later in New York.

Here’s what I liked about this one – learning a bit more about what it was like to run a business in war-torn Paris. The premise seemed very promising, a bookstore in Paris during WWII and some Resistance mentions. I also enjoyed a peek into the publishing world in the 1950s.

There are a few things I str
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, arc
Charlotte survived Nazi-occupied Paris. And she did what she had to do to feed and protect herself and her young daughter, Vivi. But sometimes survival is its own price to pay. Ten years later, now Charlotte and Vivi live in New York City. Charlotte works at a publishing house with good people who literally helped her escape Europe after she and Vivi were released from a concentration camp. She’s moved on—or at least she’s trying to. But when she receives a letter from someone from her past, fro ...more
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Paris Never Leaves You is a fast-paced, straight to the point historical fiction and is alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York. It is focusing on the same character in both time periods. Charlotte and her daughter Vivi have left after the war and are now living in New York City. Charlotte is an editor at a publishing house and doesn't like to talk about her past. As her daughter gets older and more curious, she wants to
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I was intrigued by the premise of Paris Never Leaves You and couldn't wait to dig in. In dual timelines we follow Charlotte and her daughter Vivienne. Part during WWII in Paris and part 1950's United States.

What I loved : 1)When reading historical fiction I hope to come away with something I didn't know and in this case it was how far reaching antisemitism was in WWII. 2) Bookshops, of course! 3) Vivienne was curious and authentic without being annoying.

What didn't gel with me: 1)The dual timel
Bam cooks the books ;-)
A different take on the story of women's experiences during WWII--this time from a woman who reluctantly becomes 'a horizontal collaborator' to survive.

The story is set in two timelines and settings: Paris in the 40s and NYC in the 50s. During the war, Charlotte runs a bookstore while caring for her baby daughter, Vivi. One frequent customer visiting the store is a German officer named Julian Bauer who is a doctor. When Vivi becomes ill, he begins to bring food and medicine, and one thing leads
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
The book world seems to be experiencing a superfluity of WWII fiction right now. Much of it is good, but there are those moments when one wonders, Is there anything truly new to be done with this subject? The answer to that question is "yes," and that something new is Ellen Feldman's Paris Never Leaves You.

At the beginning, Paris Never Leaves You reads like a fair bit of WWII fiction. It's set in two times periods and moves between them. It recounts the deprivations of living in occupied Paris.
Aga Durka
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-2020
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I am always on a lookout for a book that will bring a new perspective to a piece of history that I have not yet explored. Paris Never Leaves You was one of these books. The story of survival, forbidden love, loss, and the unconditional love of a mother for her daughter, this novel was a heart breaking and emotional read for me. I enjoyed the author’s superb writing style and her ability to evoke in the reader deep feelings for the characters a ...more
Donna Davis
2.5 stars rounded upward. I was invited to read and review this novel by Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press.

World War II fiction is a crowded place, and I have left it, for the most part, having had more than my fill. I am initially interested in this story because it takes place in 1950s New York, and that’s a setting I haven’t seen much. However, this setting alternates with the protagonist’s memories of Paris during the war, and so there I am again, back in Europe during the war.

Charlotte is
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
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, in
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 ab
Literary Redhead
What would you do to survive WWII? The courageous Charlotte emerges alive with her young daughter Vivi, but is left with crushing guilt for how she did so. The often heartbreaking, utterly real story splits between 1940s Paris and 1950s New York City, and offers a compelling twist on recent novels set during the war. To be read with an open heart, a goblet of burgundy and a big box of Kleenex.

5 of 5 Stars

Pub Date 04 Aug 2020

Thanks to the author, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the review co
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.
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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 so ...more

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