Synopsis: (taken from Goodreads)
A family’s love is tested when heroes-turned-criminals are forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives in this unforgettably moving story of love, resistance, and the lasting consequences of the Second World War.
After. Santa Cruz, California, 1953. Jean-Luc and Charlotte Beauchamps have left their war-torn memories of Paris behind to live a quiet life in America with their son, Sam. They have a house in the suburbs, they’ve learned to speak English, and they have regular get-togethers with their outgoing American neighbors. Every minute in California erases a minute of their lives before — before the Germans invaded their French homeland and incited years of violence, hunger, and fear. But their taste of the American Dream shatters when officers from the U.N. Commission on War Crimes pull-up outside their home and bring Jean-Luc in for questioning.
Before. Paris, France, 1944. Germany has occupied France for four years. Jean-Luc works at the railway station at Bobigny, where thousands of Jews travel each day to be “resettled” in Germany. But Jean-Luc and other railway employees can’t ignore the rumors or what they see on the tracks: too many people are packed into the cars, and bodies are sometimes left to be disposed of after a train departs. Jean-Luc’s unease turns into full-blown panic when a young woman with bright green eyes bursts from the train one day alongside hundreds of screaming, terrified passengers, and pushes a warm, squirming bundle into his arms.
Told from alternating perspectives, While Paris Slept reflects on the power of love, loss, and the choices a mother will make to ensure the survival of her child. At once a visceral portrait of family ties and a meditation on nurture’s influence over identity, this heartbreaking debut will irreversibly take hold of your heart.
This book had my emotions all over the place.
I loved it. A beautiful story of love, sacrifice, trust and resilience. A story of starting over. A story of suffering.
Beautifully written. Captivating. I wish I had one full day to just sit and read it because once I started it I didn’t want to put it down.
I closed the book with tears in my eyes and my emotions running wild. It took me a while to get back to reality.
If you love historical stories and those that tug at your heartstrings then this book is for you.
Get cozy. Grab your favourite beverage and sit back and travel back in time to Paris with this book.
I’ve given this story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for this copy to review