WHILE PARIS SLEPT
By Ruth Druart

 

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February, 2021)
Format: Hardcover
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-5387-3518-3

Kindle edition: $13.99  

 

Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
(February, 2021)

 

Paris: 1944. Charlotte… was from a wealthy family, and her parents had expectations for their only daughter. Jean-Luc was a laborer who’d been working for the French railroad since he was fifteen. In normal times, the two would never have met, but those were not normal times. The Nazis took over the railroad, and Jean-Luc had become uneasy about the rumors that cattle cars full of Jewish citizens were being sent from his station to an unknown location in the east. He decided to take action to hinder that process, but his attempt at sabotaging a rail junction landed him in the hospital where Charlotte was working. They found they had much in common, including their hatred of the Nazis, and soon they were in love.

Jean-Luc returned to work, and on one horrible day he realized the rumors were true. One of the trains was stuck at the station, and hundreds of frantic people, men, women and children were on the platform hysterically looking for a way out. A young woman ran to Jean-Luc and asked him to take her most precious possession and keep it safe until the war was over. 

Jean-Luc knew he couldn’t continue to help the Nazis, and that he had to escape France. Charlotte had broken with her parents, and he convinced her to come with him. After a harrowing trip through the mountains to freedom, they made their way to the United States, settling in California.

Nine years passed. Jean-Luc, Charlotte, and their son Sam were living the American dream, until a knock on the door turned their lives upside down. At war’s end, he and Charlotte had made a decision that they believed was the right one. What happened next would require courage, sacrifice, and the wisdom of King Solomon to make things right.

WHILE PARIS SLEPT is a beautifully written story of the strength of the human spirit during times of unimaginable horror, and the power of unconditional love.

 


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