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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris

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A brilliantly crafted novel combining past and present. The author carefully entwines the story of a bookshop in Paris during WW2, how it played a pivotal part and those whose lives were affected by the atrocities caused by the Nazis with those in the present day.

I could not put this book down as it had me hooked from the first page.
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I thoroughly have enjoyed Daisy Wood's books in the past. The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris is no different. I loved it! Five stars.
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This was a truly riveting read. Love historical fiction and this ticked all the boxes. Dual time line, characters you can’t help but become invested in, a love story, a betrayal, secrets that spans generations and a story of WWII events that should never be forgotten. 
Juliette has always wanted to travel to Paris from her home in the  States as it is where her grandma was born and now that her mother has passed away she and her husband make the trip. Juliette finds ‘the square’ in Paris that her grandma had a painting of and this sets her on a discovery of who and where she has come from. She makes the decision not to return home to her old life but start a new life alone in Paris.  An abandoned shop in ‘the square’ calls to her and she decides to open a bookshop - The Forgotten Bookshop. 
It is 1940 Paris and Jacques has fallen deeply in love with Mathilde. His bookshop La Page Cachèe - The Hidden Page - is his second love and although his wife is forced to flee the city due to her outspoken views about the Nazi invasion of France he believes they will reunite after the war. Life is not easy in Paris when the Germans take control but Jacques does what he feels he must do. 
The past and present collide when Juliette opens her bookshop. 
A 5/5 read.
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Mny thanks to NetGalley and Avon for the opportunity to read an advance copy of Daisy Wood's The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris.

Lovely!  The dual timeline is meticulously done and works beautifully in drawing the reader into the lives of the book's characters.

Highly recommended.
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Oh my!!!!!!!!One of those books you can’t put down and when you have to you are thinking about it. Set in France between present day and world war 2. There were some very sad parts . Some beautiful love stories. Gosh you hated the cruelty to the Jews . The book was set in Paris. Told between an American woman and a french book seller. The ending was bitter sweet. A must must read. The record the book seller kept was amazing .
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This book did not work on my ereader - it froze the ereader and did not load. Therefore I was unable to read it. Please contact me if a new version of this book is released so I can read it.
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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris by Daisy Wood perfectly exceeded all of my expectations for a book in the Historical Fiction category. The level of detail to researching and portraying the characters in their perspective time periods was top notch. I loved the connections between the generations. This book did not disappoint!
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"The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris" is a classic dual time-line novel, set during the war and the current day.  The main protagonist is Juliette, an American mother to grown-up twins, who is on holiday in Paris with her husband of 25 years. What was planned as a romantic break turns out quite differently as Juliette longs to immerse herself in local life whist her husband favours anonymous 5 star hotels and fancy restaurants.

The novel is about finding out the truth about the past but also choosing a worthwhile future.  It is only at the very end of the story that we discover the true identity of Juliette's French-born grandmother.  This is a superior novel of it's genre, with some great characters and plot-lines.  Recommended.

Thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for the opportunity to review this book.
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For years, Juliette has dreamed of seeing Paris with her husband, but they haven’t been there long when she realizes that the most romantic city in the world only serves to show how distant she and her husband have become from each other. When Juliette stumbles across an old bookshop for sale, she feels like her life has finally fallen into place. As Juliette begins to make the shop her own, she discovers its secrets and the story of how one man, in the midst of the Nazi occupation, made the decision to risk everything, his beloved shop and his very life, to save a woman and child. This story had me in tears, sometimes it’s hard to see the good in the world. but Wood reminds us it’s there, even during history’s darkest moments
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Beautiful historical read bouncing back between two generations .Highly recommend. Full review to follow. Would make a beautiful movie. Loved the characters and story arc. 

From an exciting new voice in WWII historical fiction comes a tale of love, loss and a betrayal that echoes through generations…
Paris, 1940: War is closing in on the city of love. With his wife forced into hiding, Jacques must stand by and watch as the Nazis take away everything he holds dear. Everything except his last beacon of hope: his beloved bookshop, La Page Cachée.

But when a young woman and her child knock on his door one night and beg for refuge, he knows his only option is to risk it all once more to save a life…

Modern day: Juliette and her husband have finally made it to France on the romantic getaway of her dreams – but as the days pass, all she discovers is quite how far they’ve grown apart. She’s craving a new adventure, so when she happens across a tiny, abandoned shop with a for-sale sign in the window, it feels fated.

And she’s about to learn that the forgotten bookshop hides a lot more than meets the eye…

A heartbreaking tale of love and loss in war, perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Rachel Hore.
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