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An American in Paris

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Walking through Montmartre that morning was like the eerie calm right before a storm. The roads were deserted. We carried on, arm in arm, and then finally, we saw them. Columns and columns of soldiers, spreading through the streets like a toxic grey vapour. ‘You must write about this,’ he whispered to me. ‘You must write about the day freedom left Paris.’

1937: Florence has
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Published January 4th 2021 by Bookouture
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved An American in Paris. I loved how it switched back and forth between the World War II story and the modern story. The stories were so different but had a connection. Florence and Otto’s love story is heartbreaking, but their love is unbreakable. I loved the characters. Florence is so determined to make a difference in the war. She is personally offended and ready to cut anyone that supports the Nazis out of her life. Sage is a popular influencer that is sick of living a fake life and wan ...more
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure why I put off reading An American in Paris:An absolutely heartbreaking and uplifting World War 2 novel by Siobhan Curham for so long because I was immediately drawn into the gripping dual time line of this book. The characters were well developed and believable. An American in Paris was a well researched historical fiction novel. Although Siobhan Curham had written other books, this was her first historical fiction novel. It was fast paced and pulled me in quickly and held me capti ...more
Karren  Sandercock
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
1937: Florence Thornton has always wanted to live in Paris, when her friend Bessie offers her a job dancing at her club and of course Florence accepts. She arrives in Paris, tired, hot and sweaty and trying to find her way around the city and she doesn’t speak French. While climbing the steep streets of Montmartre, her suitcase comes undone and artist Otto Weiss comes to her rescue. The following day Otto takes her to the museum and has to return home and he promises to meet her at the steps whe ...more
linda hole
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I am a historical fiction nerd. This book has a dual timeline. And Even though i really enjoy dual timeline it Just did not work for Me in this book. I like the historie fiction part a lot. Following their Dreams, fight, love story and choices they made through their life. The today timeline Just made me mad. Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this e arc in exchange for an honest opinion
Whispering Stories
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Set in dual POV and timelines, An American in Paris follows the lives of Journalist Florence who moves to Paris to be a dancer and live with her friend Bessie in 1937, where she meets the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, Jewish Otto whose ambition it is to be an artist and Sage, who in 2018 was an internet sensation until she posted a drunken video about how what she does is fake and how her followers mean nothing to her.

The two stories
Deanne Patterson
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I very much enjoyed the historical research the author put into this book.
More detailed research makes a book more believable and transports us back in time to the time period being portrayed in the book.
There are many heartbreaking time periods in history, people struggle mentally and physically,are kidnapped and deaths occur. This book is full of it. It just makes it more realistic.
It's not all bad times though, we can feel a glimmer of hope as our characters do whatever they need to to surviv
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of WWII fiction and it never gets boring because each book looks at the war and the people it affected differently. An American in Paris is the story of an American woman who falls in love in Paris and decides to stay and do what she can to bring peace back to her adopted country.

This is a dual timeline novel but the most important time line is the one that takes place in Paris in the 1940s.
Florence is a dancer and is in Paris to dance at a friend's club. When she first arrives and
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
“We were together, I forget the rest” – (by Walt Whitman)

Apart from that lovely review header, which is the line from a poem by Walt Whitman, whose writing features often in the book, my own initial thoughts (having first dried my eyes – my goodness, how those tissues are getting used just lately!) and what immediately came to mind, were the opening lines from the soundtrack to the 1970 film ‘Love Story’, as they kind of summed up the entire reading experience so succinctly:

“Where do I begin, to
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An American in Paris by Siobhan Curham is a great dual timeline historical fiction novel that kept me entertained throughout.

This book has a little bit of everything: historical fiction, intrigue, mystery, twists and turns, love, loss, romance, and sadness.

This book weaves between “current day” Sage in 2018 and 1937-1945 Florence. Both are young women at pivotal points in their life trying to figure out who they are, their purpose and their paths, especially during life-altering crisis. Floren
Sydney Long
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Social media influencer, Sage is on top of the world and then in one night of drunken stupor everything comes crashing down. She quickly becomes the top of the town and in the midst of all the hate mail...she receives an message that changes everything. Raised by a single mother, whom she recently lost to cancer, Sage knew very little about her family but the message she receives introduces her to a heroic grandmother and an uncle who welcomes her with open arms.

Prior to the start of WWII, Flore
Paris in any book title mesmerizes me like a moth to a flame. This book did just that - this was a mesmerizing dual tie line read that I absolutely loved and enjoyed. The way the stories were weaved together linking back the two stories were absolutely brilliant and one I really enjoyed. As a lover of both historical fiction and contemporary reads, this novel was well written and truly engaging as I could not stop turning those pages to see what would happen between the characters in both timeli ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! Love the interplay between the characters, and how it's almost like 2 books in one. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy split time storylines. Read as arc through Netgalley. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 added it
There's an old adage that is something along the lines of if you want to know the truth ask a drunk. For Sage Segal, a night out is enough to ruin a highly successful social media influencing career. If you want to keep your career then you probably should not reveal to the world that everything is fake, and that all the positive life messages you post don't reflect how you actually feel. Let's call it a career limiting move. In addition, it makes you a target for online trolls.

What Sage doesn't
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I have enjoyed this book very much.
The book is narrated in two temporary times, on the one hand we will know the life of Florence, she becomes journalist that will use that platform to expose the pain and injustice happening with the nazis, she also dances in the club of a friend in Paris and gets as much information she can, Paris is the city she will meet Otto a Jew with dreams who’s will be breaking apart with the invasion of the Nazis and that will impact not only in the life that h
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
With thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest opinion.
First time reading this author was a really good dual time book can highly recommend.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Masterfully combining intrigue and heart-wrenching scenes of love and loss, Shiobhan Curham in ‘An American In Paris’ writes an enthralling story that puts readers in the middle of the chaos surrounding World War Two. With twenty years of writing contemporary fiction behind her, Curham’s historical fiction debut showcases the epic journey of a courageous woman in an unforgettable tale of wartime sacrifice and the power of steadfast love.

'An American In Paris' follows a young woman, Florence Tho
Carla Johnson-Hicks
An American in Paris. a dual-timeline story, tells us about Sage, a present day influencer and her grandmother, Florence, an American who is dancing in a club in France as WWII breaks out. Sage's mother died a year ago, and as the anniversary of her death approaches, Sage finds herself spiraling out of control. When she has a meltdown at a local bar and posts it to instagram, her life changes drastically. Not sure what is to become of her and where she will go and what she will do, someone reach ...more
Amanda Bennett
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Split between two time periods, An American in Paris tells the tale of Sage a modern-day influencer whose celebrity crosses multiple platforms, and her grandmother Florence who fights with the resistance in German-occupied France during World War II.

Sage hits a low on the anniversary of her mother’s death with a drunken diatribe recorded on her Instagram causing both an upheaval in her life, but also bringing some much-needed answers to questions about her mother.

Florence, a dancer and part ti
Emma Watson
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book where it goes from the present to the past I like this kind of book.

We have Florence who meets Otto and tells the story of their lives in Paris. It is just before World War II happens and Florence is a dancer.

We have Sage her job is to post videos about products but ends up not liking what she does and ends up saying it is all fake.

Sage ends up in American and reads the story of Florence & Otto how they joined the resistance to fight against the Nazi’s.

It was an amazing
Carol Murphy
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WWll set in Paris

Excellent, one of the best I’ve read of 2 time lines, empathetic characters, visually well done. Definitely recommend, I hope this author writes more books in this era.

Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An American in Paris is an amazing novel that I encourage every book lover, especially one who has even an inkling of interest in WWII, to read. I know just about every book lover has read their fair share of a love story based in the WWII time period, and my guess is that not many still feel that same anticipation when they pick up yet another novel based on what they assume is the same story line yet again, but trust me, this one is different. No, really, it truly is! Yes, it is a tender and b ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The blurb of this story sounded really good. I enjoy reading WWII stories. What the blub didn’t say is that this is a book with a duo duo storyline. It not only follows the story of Florence in WWII Paris, but also the story of Sage taking place in 2018.

The storyline changes each chapter which didn’t work for me since I was just getting into the story of Florence and then it shifted back into Sage again. It didn’t give enough time to really tell the story of Florence and the how and why. I didn’
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

A dazzling and sweeping tale of love, hope, loss and despair, An American in Paris is a captivating tale guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings.

In 1940s Paris, American journalist Florence has been in the French capital for a couple of years and fallen in love not just with the beautiful city, but with a man who has completely changed her life and made her the happiest she has been in a very long time. Jewish artist Otto had fled his native Austria and made a new life for himself in Pari
Victoria Wilks
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I adore historical fiction, so when I was given the opportunity to read this book I couldn’t resist. This is the first book by Siobhan Curham that I have read and i can wholeheartedly say that I adored this story.

The story is beautifully written and captures your attention right from the start. I particularly love how the story alternates between two eras, both of which are written atmospherically and truly take you in.

Sage – an Instagram influencer has lost her way and really needs to find her
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An American in Paris is dreamy and heartbreaking and I enjoyed every part of this beautiful story. I haven’t read any other books by this author but I do know this is her first historical fiction novel and she definitely hit a home run. What I enjoyed most besides the characters falling in love is how she paralleled two young women going through something that was significant to the period they lived in but somehow made them similar. Very strong, likable women who have lost their way and must fi ...more
Namrata Ganti
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
An American in Paris is a sweeping tale of love and loss, the impacts of WWII on people and the resilience of some to take a stand. The book is written from two perspectives, following dual timelines, on set in the time from 1937 - 1945 and the other in the present day which in the book is the year 2018.

In the present day part we are introduced to Sage who is on an emotional spiral and messes up her public persona while trying to deal with the grief of her mother's passing. As she tries to deal
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Florence and Otto’s love story is heart-warming and heart breaking, but it was her determination, inner strength and ability to survive, even when at her emotionally lowest, that had me hooked. From her solo voyage across the Atlantic, to creating a life for herself in Paris and doing all she could, despite the dangers, to resist the Nazis, Florence was an inspiration. I feared for Otto from the start, a Jew and an immigrant, arriving in Paris at the right time to meet Florence, but at completel ...more
Sage, an online influencer, has just ruined her so-called career. And while she'll miss the money, she doesn't really seem to care much. Well, the death threats and horrible comments on her social media are welcome to stop at any time.

But there's a bright side to the debacle in a message from an American that says he may be connected to her past - and he has proof. So Sage takes off to discover her history, and along the way may just find out what she needs to know about herself as well.

Told in
Kerry Robinson
From the very first chapter I was smitten by this book. The whole thing is intoxicating and so addictive.
Told across a dual timeline and through dual perspectives, the story of timeless love, heartache and discovering who you really are takes the reader on an emotional journey told through the eyes of two heroic women.
In 1937, Florence sets sail from America to Paris to dance in a friend’s bar. She meets her true love Otto who is a Jew on the run from the Nazis who have invaded his home and ha
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book toggles between the past 1937-WW2 and present data 2018 the social media influencer growing a conscience and remembering she wanted to make a difference. Past - Florence her enthusiasm, adventurous spirit in Paris preWW2 and finds love with Otto. Reflections of An Affair to Remember comes to mind when Otto has to return to Austria and the couple agrees to meet same place on the same day a year later. Does Otto show?? Present day Sage Segal at first is annoying and whining but continue ...more
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