Daughters of Paris
by Elisabeth Hobbes
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Pub Date 28 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 18 Apr 2023
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A must-read for fans of Kate Quinn and Kristin Hannah!Paris 1930s
A promise that binds them together. A war that pulls them apart.
Childhood companions Fleur and Colette make a vow, under the trailing ivy of their secret garden, that they will be secret sisters forever. But as they grow up, the promises of childhood are put to the ultimate test. For Colette is the daughter of the house, and her life is all jazz clubs, silk dresses and chilled champagne, while Fleur is the orphan niece of the housekeeper and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere.
Years later, in 1939, life as they know it will never be the same. As the German tanks roll in and Paris becomes an occupied city, the promise they made as children will have consequences they could never have imagined…Readers love Daughters of Paris:
‘I’m an avid reader of WWII novels and this was up there with the best…Strong women, enduring friendship and love’ Bev
‘Has it all: mystery, suspense, history, strong female characters, and kept me engaged throughout…excellent’ Rachel
‘Outstanding…five stars from me’ Karren
‘It's been a while since I cried at a book!’ Shanon
‘I really enjoyed this story of loyalty, love, bravery and true friendship…a very thought-provoking read’ Chrissie
‘This was a lovely WWII historical fiction novel that focused on the relationships between the female characters, which I appreciated. And there is romance, of course, because what is a wartime novel set in Paris without a bit of romance?’ Lorin
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Really great read. This is my first read by author Elisabeth Hobbes and it will not be my last. This storyline takes you in from the first page to the last. True to life historical fiction of the horrible experiences that families experienced in Paris in WWII. The characters are all true to life. Fleur and Collette grow in friendship, knowledge, faith in each other. This book has it all, romance, trials, tragedy, joy, righting of wrongs, love. Must read! I was given an advanced reader copy of this book by NetGalley and I am freely leaving my review.
Daughters of Paris
By: Elisabeth Hobbes
Review Score: 3 1/2 Stars
Five Key Feels
-I loved the evolution of Collette and Fleur’s friendship.
-You can feel the tension in Paris as the Germans occupy the city.
-Fleur is incredibly brave while working for the resistance movement.
-This story really shines a light on how everyone in Paris suffered, regardless of their social status prior to the war.
-I liked how this story wrapped up.
Daughters of Paris was kindly provided as an ARC by Netgalley and Harper 360, One More Chapter . Thank you for allowing me to read this wonderful book!
Release Date: 3/28/23
I really enjoyed Daughters of Paris. It’s a historical fiction novel, with a good bit of romance, but it also gives a different perspective on the Nazi Occupation of Paris, and how it felt for those who lived there.
Hobbes does an amazing job of bringing you into that time, in a new and interesting way.
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This book starts in the late 1930’s in Paris. The two main characters are Colette Nadon and Fleur Bonnivard. They are the best of friends and self-proclaimed Secret Sisters. Collette comes from a wealthy family, while Fleur is the niece of Colette’s families maid. As war approaches and begins, the two embark on two very different paths. Colette insists on going to fancy cabarets whilst Fleur decides to subtly fight back by distributing leaflets.
Many life changing events happen to the girls throughout the war: love, mistakes, betrayal, murder, resistance and so much more. The beautiful part of the book was watching both Fleur and Colette blossom from teenagers into young women.
This is a really good book with a strong emphasis on duty to country, loyalty to your loved ones, finding yourself, and doing what’s right, all during the worst of times.
Fleur and Colette, friends from childhood are brought together by the dangers of war. They depend on each other for survival. Can they both find love and lifetime friendship.
ARC received by Net Galley. Thank you!
From start to finish Daughters of Paris was a page turner with well developed characters an an interesting plot that had me reading page after page. It begins in 1930s Paris with a pair of unlikely friends; Collette, a wealthy daughter of a French business man, and Fleur a member of the the household staff in Collette's home. They enjoy an innocent friendship oblivious to how their social standings will eventually present challenges to their sisterhood. Can they navigate these challenges alongside the eventual Nazi invasion of their beloved Paris?
Through learning some hard life lessons, loves found and lost, they found strength, courage and the way back to each other.
A well written book I highly recommend to any lover of historical fiction or stories about friendship and the experiences that bond people together for a lifetime.
Daughter of Paris is a historical fiction set in 1930s Paris, France. It follows Colette- daughter of a wealthy Parisian, and Fleur- the daughter of a maid in Colette’s household. We see their friendship blossom in the beginning but as time goes on and life changes for both of them their friendship and bond is tested.
This book was researched and written very well. It did a great job at transporting me into the story! The pace was slow in the beginning but once the pace picked up, I couldn’t pull myself away from reading!
Historical fiction is not usually my forte but I definitely recommend this for those who love historical fiction!
This author was new to me and I really liked her writing style. Daughters of Paris tells the story of two best friends who grew up together in Paris prior to WWII - Colette, who was born to wealth and Fleur, who was an orphan being raised by her aunt who worked for Colette's parents as their housekeeper. The girls are close as children, then grow apart as they get older and stop sharing their secrets, then become close again as the Nazi's invade Paris and the two women become involved with the Resistance. I felt like the characters really came alive. Colette matured from a self-absorbed girl into a woman who wanted to help others and Fleur came into her own as a strong woman. I highly recommend this novel!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
A heart warming story of two girls from two different backgrounds fighting against the Germans occupying Paris during WWII. Fleur and Collette’s story is the story of a city.
A captivating story that draws you in from the first page. Focusing primarily on the lives of two women, with their friendship hanging in the balance of war. The historical fiction novel, while taking place during World War II Paris, focuses on the effort of living in Paris and the strain of relationships rather than the resistance movement or attempting to escape the turmoil of the city. As the novel progresses, time continues to move forward, and the evolution of friendship takes primary focus. While I never connected deeply with any of the characters, the heart of the book reminded centered around Colette and Fleur’s friendship, with love playing only a background character. There remained no overt depth of characters, with lack of details in certain developments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, even though there felt like no real climax. The epilogue was a nice edition to tie the book together nicely. For those who enjoy historical fiction, I believe this book to be a wonderful example of thorough research for the creation.
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