War brings them together. Will liberation tear them apart?'Wonderful. A heartbreaking story of the power of love and forgiveness' JILL MANSELL'A tender, thrilling story of love and family secrets in time of war' RACHEL HORE'I was so engrossed. A wonderful, moving, ultimately uplifting book' LESLEY PEARSEFrom the bestselling author of WHILE PARIS SLEPT, a powerful, beautiful story of two strangers bound by love, divided by war and entwined by sacrifice. Paris 1944. Elise Chevalier knows what it is to love...and to hate. Her fiance, a young French soldier, was killed by the German army at the Maginot Line. Living amongst the enemy Elise must keep her rage buried deep within. Sebastian Kleinhaus no longer recognises himself. After four years spent fighting a war he doesn't believe in, wearing a uniform he despises, he longs for a way out. For something, someone, to be his salvation. Brittany 1963. Reaching for the suitcase under her mother's bed, eighteen-year-old Josephine Chevalier uncovers a secret that shakes her to the core. Determined to find the truth, she travels to Paris where she discovers the story of a dangerous love that grew as a city fought for its freedom. Of the last stolen hours before the first light of liberation. And of a betrayal so deep that it would irrevocably change the course of two young lives for ever. 'Love, loss, bravery... Ruth is an exceptional storyteller, bringing the past back to life and shining a light in the darkness' ERICKA WALLER'Kept me captivated on every page' PRIMA MAGAZINE'From the moment I started reading, I could not put it down ' REAL READER REVIEW'An excellent read for fans of WW2 fiction ' REAL READER REVIEW'A gripping story, well-written and about little-known events ' REAL READER REVIEW'Outstandingly beautiful and brilliantly poignant ' REAL READER REVIEW'I devoured the characters, marvelled at the storyline and really didn't want it to end ' REAL READER REVIEWAcclaim for the unforgettable international bestseller WHILE PARIS SLEPT:'A gripping tale of love and sacrifice' WOMAN & HOME'You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion... Had me completely and utterly enraptured' LOUISE CANDLISH'What a book... Emotional and heartrending...absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement' JILL MANSELL'I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read' LESLEY PEARSE'A heartbreaking debut' JANET SKESLIEN CHARLES, AUTHOR OF THE PARIS LIBRARY'An amazing story of love, resilience and the human spirit' TRACY REES'Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings' BEST'Made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both terrible, heartbreaking cruelty and beautiful, selfless love' NATASHA LESTER; 448 pages; 05/01/2023
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