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  • Amazing

    Oh my goodness this is a really good book going from present to the past I enjoy this sort of book. It tells you story of Florence and Sage but mainly deals with Florence. Florence is an American who has the opportunity of living in Paris as a dancer this is before the Second World War. She meets Otto and this tells you of their story in Paris before and during the War. Florence is a very brave woman and sees what she does to help the resistance during the war. We have Sage who is a blogger but has become disillusioned with it and finds her life is fake. She ends up in America and learns all about Florence. I could not put this book down and would recommend it please read it.

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  • It is a real gem of a book

    Set in dual POV and timelines, An American in Paris follows the lives of Journalist Florence who moves to Paris to be a dancer and live with her friend Bessie in 1937, where she meets the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, Jewish Otto whose ambition it is to be an artist and Sage, who in 2018 was an internet sensation until she posted a drunken video about how what she does is fake and how her followers mean nothing to her. The two stories come together when Sage’s video goes viral and even makes The Late Show in America where a viewer notices her unique locket and contacts Sage to tell her he has the other half and does she want to know the story of the locket and where it came from? I’m not usually a lover of dual POV, in fact, I normally try to avoid them, but having read author Siobhan Curham’s previous books and loved them I decided to take a chance on this book and I can honestly say it is divine and I simply adored it. I think the dual POV being set in two different time periods helped. Florence is a brave young woman who wants to make a difference in the world and fight for what is right. She isn’t afraid to challenge people, even the Germans occupying Paris. She dances at night-time in her friend’s club and writes an article in the newspaper entitled An American in Paris during the day. Sage is a mixed-up young woman. She is all alone in the world and presumably thought she was finding friendship on the internet via her Vlog but it all came crashing down on a drunken night. At first, she is upset with what she has done until she realises that she might have been drunk but she meant every word she said. Being contacted about the locket and subsequently making an on the spot decision to go to the USA was the best thing for her. It helped her to make sense of the world and her place in it. The book is truly beautiful. Both eras have been written atmospherically. Sage is finding out about Florence’s past in her memoirs that she wrote many years after the war and it was lovely to be right there with her reading them too. The book is strong on friendship, love, and family as well as showing you the ugly side of social media and the harshness of war on people. It is a real gem of a book and a fantastic read that I encourage all those who love historical fiction to pick up.

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  • I Love You, and I Forget the Rest

    The love story of Otto, a Jewish artist and Florence, an American dancer in Paris during WWII was a heartwarming and heartbreaking story. That two people could have such a powerful love was so romantic. The work they did with the resistance, the trials they went through were nothing short of amazing. The characters were so true to life and the descriptions of the buildings and the scenery and even the clothing worn was such I almost felt like I was there through reading the book. I could smell the crepes and see the leaves on the tree outside the window. I cringed when it spoke of the Nazi's and their cruelty, but then it spoke of Klaus and I thought maybe, just maybe not all were quite so cruel. Betsy's story was very sad as was that of Otto and Florence. The Scene with Emil was different but very believable as was the actions taken afterwards. I also enjoyed the story of the granddaughter Sage in another time period reading her grandmother's story, spending time on her farm and redeeming her life. It was special that she wanted to share her grandmother's story. I enjoyed reading the story of Otto and Florence and I would recommend it. Thanks to Siobhan Curham, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy in return for an honest review.

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  • Historical Fiction WW II Paris

    1937: Florence Thornton has always wanted to live in Paris, when her friend Bessie offers her a job dancing at her club and of course Florence accepts. She arrives in Paris, while climbing the steep streets of Montmartre, her suitcase comes undone and artist Otto Weiss comes to her rescue. The following day Otto takes her to the museum and has to return home and he promises to meet her at the steps where they met on the same day the next year? Florence loves Paris, dancing at the club and she’s starts writing a column for an American newspaper. Soon the threat of war has everyone talking, the French people are optimistic the Germans wouldn’t attack France and they have the Maginot Line to protect them. Eventually Otto flees to Paris, he’s Jewish and he had to leave his parents behind in Austria. Once the Germans invade, it’s not safe for Otto to go out and he’s stuck in the apartment. Otto becomes very disillusioned, he’s depressed and he takes risks. Florence has still been writing her newspaper articles, to help the allies she includes small facts about life in the occupied city and every little bit of information helps win a war. An American in Paris has a dual timeline it goes between war times in Paris in the 1930’s and London and America in the present time of 2018. 2018: Sage Segal opens her eyes, after a night of over indulging and she’s very worried about what she’s done? She's an influence, she uses social media; she has an agent and earns a lot of money. Sage has to keep up the perfect image she’s created, getting drunk and posting what she honestly thinks about her job has disastrous consequences. Just as she’s coping it from her boss, irate fans and mothers of girls that she could have possibly led astray by her drunken night on the town. She receives an email from a man in Arkansas Sam Clancy; he’s her long lost uncle and a half brother her deceased mum Elizabeth didn’t know existed. Sam invites her to visit his ranch, Sage needs a break and she makes the right decision to go to the America. While at the ranch Sage reads a manuscript written by her grandmother Florence, she realizes how brave she was and solves the mystery surrounding her mother’s birth. I enjoyed reading An American in Paris it’s a story about WW II, two brave people, taking risks, enduring danger, falling in love, heartbreak, loss and Florence being an incredibly strong woman. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I highly recommend reading it if you like stories with a dual timeline and five stars from me.

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  • Duel timeline

    The blurb of this story sounded really good. I enjoy reading WWII stories. What the blub didn’t say is that this is a book with a duo duo storyline. It not only follows the story of Florence in WWII Paris, but also the story of Sage taking place in 2018. The storyline changes each chapter which didn’t work for me since I was just getting into the story of Florence and then it shifted back into Sage again. It didn’t give enough time to really tell the story of Florence and the how and why. I didn’t mind the duo story in itself but I would have prefered Florence's story to be told in one go when Sage finds out out her.

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