The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron ~ Review

My Review: 

A poignant read that follows two courageous women who fought for their country against the Nazi occupation of France. 

Bouncing forward and back to different points in time in the lives of both Lila de Laurent and Sandrine Paquet throughout the duration of the Paris occupation, and how these brave women fought back in small ways to preserve their culture and resist. It took a while for me to grasp what was going on, as it took some time to accustom myself to the time jumping back and forth in the different women's lives, but after I began to piece together what was happening it didn't bother me quite as much, though sometimes if I wasn't paying attention it could be disorienting. 

Well researched, Kristy Cambron breathes life into her portrayal of the the Paris occupation, and often while reading this book it put me in mind of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I enjoyed learning about the couture and the reality of what the women left in Paris faced, and both of the stories were equally compelling and riveting. I admired Sandrine and Lila for daring to stand up for their country and not give into the temptation of an easier life by being complicit. 

Overall, a stunning novel that tells two remarkable tales. I enjoyed both of the stories individually, though the combination of the two was at times hard to follow. Action-packed, filled with espionage, as well as a storyline that runs the emotional gambit. Recommend for fans of strong female protagonists, and powerful WWII stories. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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