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Publisher's Summary

A powerful portrait of war and retribution. A beautiful story of love and forgiveness.

"Words are power. They can bring you down, lift you up, make your heart soar, make you fall in love. Or make you hate."

Paris 1944. Elise Chevalier knows what it is to love…and to hate. Her fiancé, a young French soldier, was killed by the German army at the Maginot Line. Living amongst the enemy, Elise must keep her rage buried deep within.

Sebastian Kleinhaus no longer recognizes himself. Forced to join the Third Reich and wear a uniform he despises, he longs for a way out. For someone, anyone, to be his salvation. 

Brittany 1963. Reaching for the suitcase under her mother’s bed, eighteen-year-old Josephine Chevalier uncovers a secret that shakes her to the core. Determined to find the truth, she travels to Paris, where she learns the story of a forbidden love as a city fought for its freedom. Of the last stolen hours before the first light of liberation. And of a betrayal so deep that it would irrevocably change the course of two young lives forever.

©2022 Ruth Druart (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"[Ruth Druart] made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty." (Natasha Lester, author of The Paris Secret)

"[Ruth Druart is] a brilliant and bold new novelist...[she] fills each page with thrilling suspense, uncommon emotional depth, and fascinating characters." (Imogen Kealey, author of Liberation)

"Good people coping with an impossible situation are at the heart of Druart’s [writing]." (Publishers Weekly)

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Prefer Author’s First Book

Enjoyed this story and found the narration to be pretty terrific, but still think that While Paris Slept is a much better read….

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A satisfying Happily Ever After

As an inveterate softie for French Resistance, the romance was, for me, a happy bonus. So many romances end where you miss out on the everyday sweetness that follows. Sweet doesn’t always end up as you’d expect, but a full exploration of what comes after is often given short shrift. Bittersweet while still fulfilling. Don’t miss out.