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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris

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A thoroughly enjoyable read ,I initially felt that this novel was going to be rather lighter than it turned out to be ,the first few pages read like light woman’s fiction .It did however proofed itself  to be a more rounded and accomplished novel than I initially expected 
I loved the way the story is told from the point of view of a man in war torn Paris and of a modern woman seeking knowledge about her French grandmother 
I was quickly invested in both narrators and felt their characters were developed well ,they felt like real people to me .
The bookshop itself is central to the story and I loved the circular nature of time with the book shop being resurrected as the book progresses 
War novels need to tread a fine line when  showing the horror of Nazi occupation without becoming unreadable .The author managed this very well ,the history is well known and in the novel the limitations to what the characters know is happening and what we as modern readers know happened is managed very well .The small children saved by the book shop keeper are poignant examples of the horrors enacted on the population at the time 
The author has a clear prose style and the book is an easy comfortable read 
I would recommend to lovers of a historical novel with emotional character development .
I read an early copy on NetGalley Uk the book is published 27th October 2022 by Avon books
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Enjoyable historical romance, and a bit of a tear jerker. It's nice to have an older divorcee as the protagonist in a novel like this.
The plot is all a bit escapist and probably wouldn't ever happen in real life, but we all need a bit of light relief and joy once in a while. I liked this and would definitely read more by this author.

Thanks to her, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.
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I am a big fan of stories set in Paris and historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. That is why, from the moment I saw this book, I knew it was my kind of read.
The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris is a charming story about hope and love. We get to know Jacques story and the struggle of Paris citizens during occupation in WWII. Jacques and his wife try to do the right thing even when it is dangerous but they must help the cause and every person they can.
On the present day, we have Juliette and her second chance in life; a new life that was waiting for her in Paris and that might hold a connection to her past. 
Both story lines are interesting and have a good rhythm. I read for hours and hours, lost in Jacques and Juliette stories. Immerse in the struggles but also touched by their way of looking at things. I liked how they occupation theme was approached, in a true but still hopeful way, and even when there sad moments that broke my heart a little, the story was easy to read.
I genuinely enjoyed the book, although I liked more Jacques part. Juliette’s part was good but I did not particularly enjoyed the insta-love vibe. I love that it talks about Paris and books and that it has love, drama and a little mystery. It was a perfect combination and I would certainly like to read more books by the author.
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I received a complimentary copy from Avon Books UK and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I am not a huge fan of Historical Fiction but I enjoyed reading this book and cannot recommend it enough. The book is structured between two timelines one being that in 1940 after the Invasion of France and present day with Juliette and her husband,

The book tells the story of Juliette who is keen and excited about going to Paris but her husband could not even pretend to be excited. Juliette is open to a new experience and is very eager to learn a lot about her family's history. So we travel through time to find out more about the bookshop. It was an eye opening book about family, relationships, history and love.
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While it bothers me to read about a woman whining about an unfaithful husband and an unhappy marriage, I was relieved to hear that this author created a strong female who stood her ground and did something about it; albeit a rather unrealistic ‘move’ and ‘ending.’ 

I absolutely loved the 1940s timeline and could have appreciated it as a stand-alone. The characters were wonderful, the shop, its name, the magic it held, and the wartime setting pulled me in and I resented having to flip forward to the modern timeline. I felt the modern-day tie-in with its cliched romance lessened the impact of a beautiful story. I think it boils down to the fact that I felt Juliette needed to be reigned in a little. Her brash moves irritated me as much as they irritated the locals. I think it also could have been that the relationships in both timelines were polar opposites, emphasising Juliette’s unhappy marriage and fling. Likewise, Kevin repulsed me. I couldn’t stand the man. I wonder if there could have been a different reason she found herself in Paris and alone. Did it have to be an unhappy marriage? Did we need to know about the husband’s secret gifts? Could it have simply started where Juliette’s on a plane leaving her past behind her? Regardless, it’s a good exploration of wartime survival, devastating loss and secrets, and the serendipitous power of fate. 

While I didn’t feel this story measured up to her previous historical fiction, I did love the premise. Who wouldn’t want to run off on an adventure in Paris and discover a forgotten bookshop that reveals secrets from the past?! If like me, you enjoy great historical fiction that isn’t heavy on unrealistic romance or marriage problems, you’ll want to read The Clockmaker’s Wife. 

I was gifted this advance copy by Avon Books UK and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
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This book was ok. I breezed through it rather quickly so it’s a fast read. However, I feel like I’d read this type of story over and over. Authors of historical fiction seem to find the only way to do a dual timeline is to have the present day be a couple whose marriage is in trouble. 

That being said, I was way more interested in Jacques and Mathilde’s story. Their love story was so pure. I love stories where the bookworm gets a happy ending in the form of a fulfilling relationship. Jacques is truly an unsung hero in his timeline. 

As for Juliette, I wasn’t impressed with her story. Her marriage fell apart and suddenly, she just decided to stay in Paris. Leaving even her children behind (albeit grown children). Her husband is two-dimensional. He cheats on Juliette and then wants to make up and it’s all very predictable. 

Special thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I can't seem to engage with this book. I love the parts about Juliette but there aren't enough of them in the first quarter. I'm not enjoying the 1940 story enough. Things are going to heat up, I know, but it's just taking too long. It might be the reading mood I'm in right now. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.
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This book alternates between the present day and 1940’s Nazi-occupied France. I didn’t know as much about France during WWII so some of the details were new learning for me. I appreciate how this book follows the everyday acts of resistance by a group of average citizens. Each day these people showed small kindnesses and did what they could for others—and it turned out to have a big impact. I especially enjoyed the tenderness, love, and compassion Jacques showed to children. 
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There were some incredibly strong female characters involved in the resistance movement storyline. I wanted to know more about them and their work. I feel these characters could have been the heart of another historical fiction novel on their own. 
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Juliette’s present day marriage struggles felt very cliche for me. I think there could have been a better storyline that leads to Juliette staying in France longterm. Her relationship with Nico also felt very predictable. Another question I have is regarding her decision to renovate and open the bookstore despite Zizi telling her not to for both historical and personal reasons. While I love Juliette’s dream of opening/restoring The Hidden Page to its former glory, I wonder if knowing the complex, traumatic history of WWII would allow someone to essentially ignore such a request.
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Like most readers, I love reading books about books and bookstores. This bookstore brought magic, comfort, and safety during the most difficult of times.
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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris has a dual time line telling two stories .Set in occupied Paris during WW2 and present day ,this is a story of bravery ,love ,loss and new beginnings.What a wonderful story ,how brave the people in the French Resistance were ready to risk their lives for others.I loved the characters especially Jacques and Mathilde .A very enjoyable and interesting read .Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC.
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A trip to Paris can change your life.

2022 - Juliette and her husband Kevin are on a trip to Paris from the USA. She is half French, he's American and she is on a mission to find a square depicted in a painting belonging to her grandmother. She discovers that Kevin has been having an affair with one of their neighbours. The decision is made - she will stay in Paris, decide what to do about her marriage, and investigate her family history.
1939 - Jacques falls in love with Mathilde and marries her on the day WW2 breaks out. He runs a bookshop in Paris; she is a firebrand who will do everything she can to resist the Nazi occupation. 
A story of Paris in wartime and an American in Paris in the present-day. What connections will she uncover? Will it end well for Jacques and Mathilde?

Charming, if a little predictable. A good book to curl up with on a cool autumn evening.
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I devoured this book, it feels like a long time since I’ve done this but I read this book in 24 hours!

In 1940 War has closed the city of love and Nazi’s have settled there. Jacques the owner of La Page Cachee and husband to Mathilde is terrified something will happen to her. She is soon made to flee to the countryside and Jacques Ickes up where his wife left off and begins helping the resistance. He builds a secret room in his bookshop and begins hiding people from the Nazis. 

Meanwhile modern day has brought Juliette and her husband to Paris, Juliette knows her roots are here but is set about discovering more about her grandmother’s past.

I loved reading about past and present Paris and how even through war this city remained a place of beauty. This book was well written and engaging and even made me shed a few tears.
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A tale of hope and love during the time of anything but; an absolute page-turner!

A Parisian bookshop with a secret is brought back to life in the present in the most heartbreakingly beautiful and fitting manner. The dual timelines of the story keep things interesting as we read on in the hopes that the present finds some kind of closure through the stories of the past. The moderate pace of the book also adds to the excitement of finding out whether or not our guesses turn out to be correct. A big win for this one is that it has packed in equal curiosity for both timelines with utterly seamless transitions between them.

"Everyone has a story to tell and what a great one ours will be when all this is over.”

Coming out next month, do keep an eye out if historical fiction tied in with the present is of your interest. Thank you @netgalley for my advance copy; I absolutely adored this one.
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A truly engrossing novel, told in two time periods, present day, and war time Paris.  Telling the story of the shop, and it’s inhabitants, very engrossing, a real page turner. Loved it from start to finish
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I’ve read so many books about WW2 and yet each one offers a different view on the war. 
Jacques and his wife are only together for a short time before the war separates them. 
 Juliette and her husband are in Paris for a romantic vacation however things don’t go quite as planned. A picture that belongs to her Grandma is pulling her to stay.
It’s a lovely story with dual time lines which is my favorite. Both just as interesting.  It takes place in a bookstore that has a hidden room. What more could you ask for.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy
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I really enjoyed this book I was in a bit of a slump and needed to read something that lifted me out of it and the book did just that. Told in two different timelines by Jacques at the start of the war and by Juliette in the present day it’s a quick and easy read that that kept my interest throughout. I particularly liked the the story of Jacques and his constant battle do help save Jewish people particularly children whilst putting his safety at risk. The two stories begin to come together as Juliette in the present day begins to find clues that leads her to think her grandmother may have been involved and although I found this to be a little predictable it never spoilt my enjoyment of the read.
At all in all a n easy book that kept me reading and I look forward to more books by Daisy Wood in the future.
My thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I struggled with this book a bit. I enjoyed the historical part of this book, but could have lived without the present day side.

The historical characters are good, they are interesting and the story line good. The writing falls a bit flat, but the storyline makes up for that. 

The present time part was not as enjoyable. And for those looking for clean books, this one is clean until the end when the author drops an unnecessary f bomb. Why?
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I enjoyed reading The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris.  Daisy Wood did a wonderful job of blending past & present, evil & good, and complex emotions.  I looked forward to what would follow in the book.
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Juliette and her husband Kevin are on a romantic vacation in Paris. Or at least it is supposed to be romantic but with Kevin's attitude and lack of enthusiasm it has become anything else. Prior to returning home, she discoveries that he has been having an affair with one of their neighbors. Heartbroken and and betrayed, Juliette elects to stay in Paris for a while. Using the money from her mother's estate, she finds a small place to stay, and goes out to explore the city with new eyes. As she is exploring, she finds herself drawn to the area where she believes to be her relatives home especially when she finds what appears to be an abandoned bookstore. It is The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris.

Once the bookstore enters the picture the story really picks up. Not that watching Juliette drop the bombshell of knowing about the affair right as they were heading to the air port wasn't exciting. It was so well deserved. Kevin is such a pompous jerk and I hated how he treated Juliette. Learning about the history of the bookstore opened a whole new chapters. It all started in 1940 when Jacques and Mathilde were newly married and had to escape from war torn Germany to Paris. They try to start their lives together but before long the Nazi's invade Paris and Jacques is pulled right in. 

Jacques recently acquired a small shop when he moved to Paris and when renovating he created a small hidden alcove which will hold a very important role in the story. Mathilde refuses to be a pushover to the Nazi's especially after witnessing the atrocities committed to the Persian people. Together, she and her husband begin hiding individuals to protect them from the Nazi's. It is decided that Mathilde will take one woman with her south on a train for safety. Jacques remains in Paris, continuing to hide people in the secret room, smuggle illegal books, and care for his sick mother who is far too weak to travel. 

Juliette's present day storyline runs parallel to the past 1940s storyline and as the story progresses their histories are found to cross paths. It is told in a duel first person perspectives with Jacques and Juliette being the respective narrators. I really enjoyed both perspective as both were very strong characters. I had a feeling that their histories were going to interact and couldn't wait to find out how. There is a sense of mystery throughout which kept me invested. Juliette's desire to renovate and reopen the book store helped bring everything full circle.

 The Lost Bookshop of Paris is just so well written. Author Daisy Wood know both of her history of WWII and her characters so perfectly, it is easy to get transported back to the past and forward to the future. This is a story of love and loss; strength and bravery; secrets, rebellion, and the truth; and war (both personal and political). If you enjoy historical fiction, this is one will not want to miss. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars
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What fun to bring a bookstore from WWII back to life.
 
Juliette and her husband’s trip to Paris ended in their separation, but it turned out to be a new start for Juliette.

Juliette needed a place to stay and found an apartment above a bookstore and decided to restore the bookstore even though a friend’s grandmother ZiZi who is 97 told her to not dig up the past.

Could this be the same apartment and bookstore that Jacques had owned during WWII? 

Yes it is…Jacques and his wife lived in that very apartment above the bookshop while Jacques kept the peace with the Germans by selling books to an officer, but his wife Mathilde was in the resistance and got herself in trouble.

The bookstore sounded lovely and had a hidden room and lots of other secrets...will Juliette find out these secrets?

THE FORGOTTEN BOOKSHOP IN PARIS goes from 1940 to present day. 

I always enjoy when there are connections from the past and present.

Could there be a connection between the bookshop and the characters from 1940 and 2022?

A lovely read that has some romance, mystery, history, and a chance to enjoy the city of lights both past and present.

Truly enjoyable for historical fiction fans and women's fiction fans. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
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I Will start by saying this book has dual timeline, one in the 1940s and one in present day. For me, personally, dual timelines are Either hit or miss. One timeline tends to ve better than the other, even though they tie together in the end. In the 1940 s timeline we follow courageous people who tries to fight  the enemy. We get to meet Jacques. Who in the beginning of the books seens a little bit "dull". But as the story grows we see his passionhis strength and how far he Will go to save others. He is Just a loveable guy. 
This timeline has the drive, the emotions that you expect from historical fiction.  
In the present timeline, you get to follow strong people too. But it felt more like a romance and or women fiction.
But overall i liked the book. Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this e arc in exchange for an honest opinion
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