All the Flowers in Paris

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Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy. Sarah Jio has created a vivid story that fluidly switches between present day and war torn Paris in the 1940’s. This story is heartbreaking and yet beautiful. The mysteries that surround Caroline and Celine will keep you turning each page. What a wonderful story and a great author
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Thanks to NetGalley for the ecopy for my Kindle.
I have read and purchased several of the author's books.  This one was one of my favorites.
Dual time lines about WWII and the present involving a little romance and historical fiction made this book a good one and a quick one to read for me.
Two women living in Paris- one, whose paternal grandmother was Jewish, lives in Nazi-occupied Paris and the other a young woman in the current time period who had a bicycle accident resulting in the loss of her memory.  The women's stories come together when letters written by the first woman are found by the woman in the current time period.
Of all, a quick read and a great one!
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After reading All the Flowers in Paris, I have discovered a new favorite author.  Read the book to find out the link between the World War II characters of Celine and Cosi and the modern day character, Caroline.  Since it is mostly unpredictable, it became a "couldn't put it down" book..  The author cleverly leaves you hanging as she alternates between one storyline to the other without the confusion that often happens with two storylines.  The messages  of thankfulness, forgiveness and love will remain with me for a long time.  I thank NetGalley for an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.
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All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio was a terrific novel with characters fleshed out and realistic.  The French people suffered greatly during WWII and this novel tells of one familys ordeal.  I enjoyed the mystery and how it was solved as well as the then and now aspect.  Sarah Jio has another fine novel that will not disappoint. Thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read in advance.
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In All the Flowers in Paris, Caroline and Celine, though decades apart,  are actually connected by the city of Paris, a discovery of lost letters, and hidden secrets;these are arranged in an enchanting bouquet of a novel told in the form of a dual narrative. For readers who just can't get enough of stories of courage that come out of Nazi-occupied Paris and the lengths women went to protect their loved ones-here's the novel for you! It's filled with lessons of love, gratitude and forgiveness. You'll treasure your families and the freedoms you have as this novel unfolds and blooms in your heart and mind.
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All the Flowers in Paris is a beautiful dual timeline novel set in Paris.  The story grabbed me from the beginning and I read half the book in one night.  It reminded me of Sarah’s Key, a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

The story lines switch between WWII and the present. Caroline in the present and Celine during the war when Nazis occupied Paris.  Caroline has lost her memory in an accident and she finds letters that slowly reveal the history of her apartment and about Celine’s life. Caroline is also slowly discovering facts about her own life as her memory slowly comes back. The dual timelines weave together to complete a fascinating story.

This is my first time reading something by Sarah Jio and I will most definitely be looking for more books by this author.

I recommend this book to historical fiction fans and for those that enjoy stories about family, love, and loss. 4/5

Thank you to Netgalley, Ballantine Books, Random House, and the author for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of All the Flowers in Paris. Release date: August 13, 2019
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I’ve been finished with #AllTheFlowersInParis for a couple of days now and I’m still reeling from this amazing novel. The story takes place in Paris, alternating between present day with Caroline, and during the German occupation during WWII with Celine, centered on rue Cleur. Well, stories is more accurate as Caroline and Celine are linked together by more than just their shared address over time. I loved this book and even gave it 5⭐️ before I was finished. It hooked me from the start and I literally couldn’t stop turning pages as I read. The tension during Celine’s chapters was palpable. The ending was neatly wrapped up, which in the case of an emotional read such as this, I didn’t mind. Books like these shed light on the smaller more personal horrors of eras like WWII (vs the overall military battles of all sides) and make a profound impact on a reader like myself. This may be my favorite by Sarah to date.  (full synopsis will appear in comments below) 

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I have read so many pieces of fiction related around WWII with many standing out in my memory. To say I will never, ever forget All the Flowers in Paris is an understatement. I feel as if this story has been written on my heart forever. The strength of Celine as she struggled through the different phases of the war was so inspiring. The acts that she went to to protect her child as a mother moved me to tears multiple times. As for Caroline, I was also so emotionally torn with her story. I did sort of start to guess how the pieces of her life would be revealed to her later on, but it wasn't in a predictable way. Each character in this story was so encouraging in their individual struggles and weaknesses. I loved every chapter in this book and will recommend it to my loved ones. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you Netgalley for providing a free advanced copy for me to review. 


What a captivating story of two women from two different time periods. They are connected through a history of love and war in Paris. 

This is my first time reading anything written by Sarah Jio and now I might just check out her other works when I have time. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction.
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Rating: 4.0/5.0

"I think that the most important things in life are thankfulness, forgiveness, and love."

Two different stories of grief and hardship of two women. Both take place in Paris. One is set in 1943 and the other one in 2009. Both the stories intersect later. Caroline loses her memory because of an accident but she regains it gradually and finds out her true self. Celine, on the other hand, is a widow with a daughter (Cosi) and works with her father in a flower shop during the German occupation of Paris. 

Pros:
- Great description of Paris & the whole environment. As a reader, I felt as if I lived there in both periods. A good author can make this possible with beautiful and descriptive writing of the setting.
- Well developed characters. The book has two stories and both stories had characters that one can relate to or at least sympathize with. Definitely one of the good perks of this book.
- I enjoyed the writing style of Sarah Jio. This is my first time reading a book for her. She knows when to elaborate more, when to stop and when to end a chapter. 
- Let us not forget to appreciate that gorgeous cover!

Cons:
- In the first half before the two stories getting connected, it was distracting a bit jumping from a story to the other one. I was connecting one story and as soon I was ready to dive more the other story would start. That was only problematic in the beginning. All this made sense though from the second half as the connection between the two tales started to get clear. 

Final Thought:
I have read many books in the past with a similar format, where there are two stories and then they interwind, but I have to say that All the Flowers in Paris ranks among the very good ones. Both the stories were interesting to read and very captivating. The book will be out on August 13th 2019. I give All the Flowers in Paris a strong 4 stars out of 5.

Many thanks to NetGalley & the publishers for providing me an ARC of this book in return of this honest and unbiased review.
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I was so excited when I saw that Sarah Jio had a new book coming out and it did not disappoint! All the Flowers in Paris is part historical fiction and partly set in the present day. I always like a book about a character with amnesia and this one starts off with Caroline, getting hit by a truck and losing her memory. Why are people acting weird around her? What did she do that everyone is unfriendly towards her? Just who was she before her accident?

World War II and the Nazi’s have moved into Paris. Celine works at her father’s flower shop and cares for her young daughter. She is growing more nervous as the situation becomes worse and wants to leave Paris before anything bad happens. Of course, something bad happens! I swear, I read Celine’s chapters with my heart pounding! I was so scared for her and her daughter.

This is a must read, I stayed up very late to read the end and no doubt this will be another best seller for the author.

When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and young child, she vows to piece her life back together—though she can’t help but feel she may be in danger. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior.

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is trying to build a new life for her daughter, working in her father’s flower shop, and hoping to find love again. Then a ruthless German officer discovers her Jewish ancestry, and Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. But when her worst fears come true, she must fight back in order to save the person she loves most: her daughter.

When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets—and that she may have more in common with Céline than she could have ever imagined.

Told from both women’s perspectives, All the Flowers in Paris is an emotionally captivating novel rooted in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the steadfastness of a mother’s love, and the many complex layers of the heart—especially its capacity to forgive.

Very good book!

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All the Flowers in Paris
Sarah Jio
August 13, 2019
 

Caroline hops onto  her bike, pedaling away from the Cafe du Monde. as quickly as
she can after coming face to face with Victor.   The handsome stranger who she suspects destroyed her amazing life in Paris.  The sidewalks were crowded with visitors and tourists.  A child and her mother were heading straight for her, in the opposite direction was a large truck, the driver not paying attention.  She yelled for him to stop but the time came for her to hit the child or the truck.  Caroline woke up days later in the hospital.  She was recovering well, all except her memory.
Seventy-five years earlier, Celine works in her flower shop on the rue Cler with her Papa.  They have had a beautiful summer with business picking up, yet her father is fully aware of the war that builds in France.  German soldiers have arrived and he reminds Celine she should trust no one.  He asks about about his granddaughter Cosi.  He questions why she is allowed to play in the park with her friends.  When Luc arrives for a visit with Celine, she asks him to pick up Cosi.  Happy to do so, Luc delivers the grapefruit he brought her.  When Cosi runs into the shop she shows her mother the watercolor she made at school of the beach in Normandy.
This terrific novel is a beautiful novel of the difficult account of Caroline’s journey as her memory returns, giving us a view of her life since her arrival in Paris.  It also provides the historical journey for Celine, Cosi and her Papa in the treacherous days of occupied Paris.  
Typical of Ms. Jio’s writing, she fills her pages with fascinating characters and narration bringing us into the streets of Paris as well as the historical tale of the dark days of the German invasion.  I highly recommend this book.  All the Flowers in Paris will be published August 13, 2019 by Ballantine Books.  It was a privilege to read her work pre-publication via NetGalley.  I have always enjoyed her books however this new release is a 5 star read.  This August arrival is not one to miss.
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This is the story of two women. Caroline is an American living in present day Paris and Celine is from Paris in the 1940's.  Caroline has lost her memory in an accident and is trying to piece her life together.  Celine is living with her father and daughter in Paris during WWII.  They own a local flower shop.
I enjoyed Celine's story more than Caroline's.  Her struggles drew me into her story. I found Caroline's life post accident to be a bit silly. 
I did enjoy this book and would definitely recommend it.  Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book to review.
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This is a beautifully written novel. I literally could not put it down. Many books take me days even weeks to read...I read this in two. Both the main characters Caroline and Celine were such wonderful characters to follow. You could feel their love, passion, heartache, confusion and fears come across the pages so clearly. This story though you don’t seem to see all the connections at first comes together beautifully. I smiled, I was swooning at times, fearful at other and in tears especially there toward the end. This novel tells a beautiful heart wrenching WWII story that stay with you long after you finish the last page. Definitely 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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What an amazing book!  Paris stretches across time from WWII until today.  Lives intertwine.  Beautifully written, with characters you will fall in love with.
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So much love for this one. It has everything I enjoy in a historical tale...World War II era, secrets, romance, danger, and a meshing of old and new.

It starts with Caroline waking up in the hospital. She has no memory of her past life, so she's left to piece together what she can. What she discovers is, she wasn't a very happy person. Along the way, she begins to uncover the story of another.

Celine is a young window in Nazi occupied Germany. Her only concern is keeping her father and young daughter safe. The letters she leaves behind tell her sad story.

This is an outstanding addition to the genre of historical fiction. Five stars for me
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The book started off slowly, however the more I read, the more I wanted to know about the characters. Sarah Jio does a marvelous job developing her characters and I feel like I am getting to know them and want to know more. I can't get the characters out of my head, even after finishing the book. I loved seeing Caroline through the eyes of other characters. What a refreshing perspective.

The book takes place in Paris during two different time periods: the occupation of Paris during WWII and modern day. Celine and her daughter, Cosi are trying to survive during the occupation of Paris during WWII, while Caroline is living in Paris in modern time. An apartment on the Rue Cler connects them through time. I have read many books set during the WWII period and this book does not disappoint in its historical perspective.

Celine and Caroline have difficult decisions to make and I wanted to cry for both of them. The twist between Victor and Caroline was something I never would have guessed and is a wonderful and bittersweet story.

Sarah Jio evokes a sense of mystery and tautness that made me want to keep reading to find out how Celine and Caroline are connected.

Oh my goodness, what an amazing book! How do I describe something that transcends words? By the end of the book I was crying and couldn't stop reading until I found out all the characters were okay. The ending was happy and sad. I wept for Celine, Cosi, and Caroline. I loved this book!

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I was frustrated with myself because I couldn't read this book in one setting. I did not want to put it down. This story had me by the heartstrings from the very first chapter. I instantly wondered what it would be like to live in Caroline's shoes. What would I do? How would I feel if the life I knew was suddenly erased? With her memory gone she doesn't know who to trust and she feels as if she might be in danger. Our second heroine Celine, is introduced in the second chapter. Both are very strong women, both living in Paris. Caroline is there in 2009 but Celine is in the war of 1944 during the Nazi   occupation. Sarah does a wonderful melding of two time-lines into an unforgettable story. A parcel of letters and a diary found in a Paris apartment, 50 years later, have a wonderful way of bringing these stories together.  Anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a touch of mystery and suspense, will enjoy this book. 
Parts of Celine's story could be very dark. But Sarah Jio has a way of bringing light out of the darkness. Staying alive for her 8 year old daughter Cosi was a big insinuative for Celine. You will love her characters, you will be pulling for them and you will find yourself shedding tears. I closed this book wanting more. I was given a complimentary copy of the book from Random House Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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After a serious accident, Caroline loses her memory. She finds out she lives in an exclusive apartment in Paris, but doesn't remember anything else. While in the apartment she finds some hidden letters from a woman named Celine who writes to her sweetheart Luc in 1944.  Intrigued, Caroline searches to find out more. What she finds is a story of love, tragedy, and a bittersweet love. She also finds bits of her own past.

Engaging tale that is told from the past and present that lead readers on a journey during Nazi occupied Paris with a woman who still searches for good while the horrors of the war play out. Both women's stories are ones that resonate with not only the pain of loss, but the endearing power of hope and love.

Totally recommend.
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The love a mother has for her daughter is explored amid the backdrop of Paris and switches in time between Celine’s story during the occupation of Paris during WWII and Caroline’s story in present day Paris. The two stories largely take place in the same Paris apartment. Caroline finds Celine’s letters which reveal clues to the horrors that took place during WWII under Nazi occupation to Celine and her daughter Cosi.  Caroline herself is searching for her own clues – she lost her memory recently in an accident and her personal history is slowing revealed as well.  There are some twists and turns that move each story forward – both women love their daughters above all else and have to come to terms with their fates.  The ending may have been rushed, but both stories are compelling and those that enjoy WWII historical fiction with love this new book. I received the ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
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