While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart

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On a platform in occupied Paris, a mother whispers goodbye. It is the end. But also the beginning...

'What a book... Emotional and heartrending...absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout.

A wonderful achievement' Jill Mansell*** THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER ***Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable.

A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily's Early One Morning and M. L.

Stedman's The Light Between Oceans. Paris 1944A young woman's future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger.

All she has left now is hope. Santa Cruz 1953Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi Occupation.

Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. On a darkened platform, two destinies become entangled.

Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined... 'Historical fiction fans, rejoice! A new voice has entered the arena and she's one to watch. A heartrending story told from the perspectives of two families living very different lives, it is also one of hope amid tragedy.

Perfectly paced and plotted, and evocatively written' Woman & Home'You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion. Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story had me completely and utterly enraptured' Louise Candlish 'Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings' Best'While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty.