Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin // Review


A gripping story of sacrifice, faith and love in the face of the German occupation of Paris.

Sarah Sundin doesn't disappoint in this compelling story that follows two Americans living in Paris during the early days of the German occupation of France. Lucie Girard is a ballerina who buys a bookshop to help her friends escape Paris, fighting to keep her doors open. Meanwhile Paul Aubrey is seen as a collaborator for profiting off of the war with his luxury cars, but what he shows the outside isn't the whole truth. 

An engaging story that brings to life the contrast of what Paris was and what it lost when the Germans came. It was fascinating to read a story of the perspectives of Americans living in Paris, and how that put both Paul and Lucie in unique positions. Josephine was so adorable, she is a darling and perceptive child and I liked how Lucie draws her out with the puppets. Lucie is so graceful and has a natural way with children. I admired Paul for standing strong in the face of being openly spurned, he was a very brave and principled man. 

Overall, a well written story of courage, faith, and love in the face of an unknown future. I loved how this book showed a different side of the occupation and resistance, and showed the ways that everyday people fought back in big and small ways. 

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

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