*New release – May 2020*
Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked away for more than seventy years.
Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her grandmother never once mentioned the family she left behind when she moved to America after World War II. With the help of Paul, a charming Parisian student, she sets out to uncover the truth. However, the more time she spends digging through the mysteries of the past, the more she realises there are secrets in the present that her family is still refusing to talk about.
Sixteen-year-old Adalyn doesn’t recognise Paris anymore. Everywhere she looks, there are Nazis, and every day brings a new horror of life under the Occupation. When she meets Luc, the dashing and enigmatic leader of a resistance group, Adalyn feels she finally has a chance to fight back. But keeping up the appearance of being a much-admired socialite while working to undermine the Nazis is more complicated than she could have imagined. As the war goes on, Adalyn finds herself having to make more and more compromises – to her safety, to her reputation, and to her relationships with the people she loves the most.
Starting this book, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. I didn’t understand why it was written in two points of view: Alice seemed so boring and underdeveloped whereas the story really seemed to come alive with Adalyn. It took me about halfway through to understand what the author was getting at. I loved Adalyn’s story and following her through the French resistance against the Nazi’s in Paris. And slowly Alice started to become a bit more interesting as she embarked on solving the mystery of her grandmother’s family as well as a pretty cute romance. So, surprisingly, I found myself actually quite loving this book. It was the author’s debut novel and you did get the sense in parts that is wasn’t as well finished as other books but wow the story is so worth the read, especially if you’re a fan of historical fiction.