The Paris Orphan

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Pub Date 03 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 12 Aug 2021

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An American soldier and an enterprising photographer brave occupied France during World War II to help give a little girl the one thing she's never had--a family--in this gripping historical fiction from the internationally bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress.

New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price...

France, 2005: Decades after World War II, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but D'Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D'Arcy's life forever.

"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans." --Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana

"[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!" --Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection

An American soldier and an enterprising photographer brave occupied France during World War II to help give a little girl the one thing she's never had--a family--in this gripping historical fiction...


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Advance Praise

"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans." --Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana

"[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!" --Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection

"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction...


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Available September 3: The Paris Orphan ***** 5 stars, Loved it and stayed up all night reading: The Paris Orphan is another must-read WWII drama and one of the best books we've read in 2019. Recommended readers: If you like novels with WWII history and drama If you want an action-packed, historical read If you like strong female characters Here's my Rankings: 5/5 for characters 5/5 for plot 5/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: I knew I  had to read The Paris Orphan. The previous book by Natasha Lester was one of our  favorite books of 2018. And what I loved about the first, I love about the second: dual plot-line in WWII and current times tying together in the end, more excellent storytelling and even more bittersweet love and heartbreak. The Paris Orphan weaves together the story of Jessica May - once model now one of the only female journalists allowed to  document the war from various locations - and modern day 20-something art curator D'arcy Hallworth, who's been commissioned to visit a French Chateau and review the work of an reclusive artist. The tragic, dramatic times of World War II create a powerful backdrop to a heartbreaking story of selfless love, sacrifice and ultimately peace. Another must-read WWII drama and one of the best books we've read in 2019. Available September 3: The Paris Orphan

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Natasha Lester’s latest historical novel is a drop-dead gorgeous winner! VOGUEING It features Jessica May, a protagonist inspired by real life Vogue model and WWII correspondent Lee Miller. NIGHTMARE The dual timeline narrative starts in 1942, when Jessica leaves modeling in Manhattan after her boyfriend destroys her career. Vogue sends her to Europe as a photojournalist, but the Army’s sexist restrictions make covering the war a nightmare. SALVATION She finds salvation, however, through journalist Martha Gellhorn, who encourages her; paratrooper Dan Hallworth, who makes possible access to key places and stories; and orphan Victorine, who opens her heart. SHOCK Segue to 2005, when Australian art handler D'Arcy Hallworth comes to France to curate a collection of famous photographs. Through her work, she uncovers the unknown photographer’s identity and is shocked to discover a connection to own mother Victorine. HEART The story seizes the heart, undergirded by Lester’s meticulous historical research, compelling characters, masterful narrative, and writing as lovely as Lee Miller herself. FAN! I grant THE PARIS ORPHAN the highest stars possible and can’t wait for Lester’s next, The Dior Legacy, slated for publication next year. I’m a fan through and through now! STUNNER But please please please replace this cover, pretty as it is, with the stunner that graces the Australian release. It is the most arresting in all of publishing! Pub Date 03 Sep 2019. Thanks to the author, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TheParisOrphan #NetGalley #FemaleWWIICorrespondents #NatashaLester

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