Tuesday, February 1, 2022

UNTIL LEAVES FALL IN PARIS by Sarah Sundin, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

“Nothing of any worth lies on the easy path.”
I have come to rely on Sarah Sundin for a beautiful story in a beautiful setting. As always, her extensive research sets the stage for a memorable book. An absolutely stunning story of unexpected love under the adversity of occupied Paris.
The Green Leaf Book Store in Paris captured my interest as well as did Lucie, an American dancing in a premier ballet company. The author shows a natural progression of faith and testing under dire circumstances. Lucie’s bravery and buoyancy come to the forefront.
Paul Aubrey, a wealthy American producing quality cars, is also caught in Paris during increasingly perilous times. I love the logo chosen for the cars-AU- for gold, hence the gold standard Paul aspires to in his company. He realizes: “There was a far higher standard than quality, Do good. Resist Evil.”
A highlight that shows the creativity of Lucie and Josie, Paul’s 4 year old daughter, was the puppet show during the Children’s Story Time in the book shop, and the of candy names Paul uses for Josie were precious.
This story was full of suspense, danger, unexpected twists and a lesson in faith and courage.
“Stories, dancing, music...they nourish. They make us think and feel. They distract us from the hardness of life. That is a gift from God.”
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revel through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread 
BackCover Blurb:
 As the Nazis march toward Paris in 1940, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. Lucie struggles to run Green Leaf Books due to oppressive German laws and harsh conditions, but she finds a way to aid the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. After they meet in the bookstore, Paul and Lucie are drawn to each other, but she rejects him when she discovers he sells to the Germans. And for Paul to win her trust would mean betraying his mission.

Master of WWII-era fiction Sarah Sundin invites you onto the streets of occupied Paris to discover whether love or duty will prevail.
Revell Publishing, February 1, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy UNTIL LEAVES FALL IN PARIS at Amazon, Christianbook.com, and Baker Book House

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