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Publisher's Summary

From the USA Today best-selling author of The Paris Seamstress comes "an emotional and sweeping tale" (Chanel Cleeton) that spans continents and crosses generations as an American soldier and an enterprising photographer brave occupied France in the midst of World War II to help give a little girl the one thing she's never had: a family.

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: 50 years 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)

©2019 Natasha Lester (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II, The Paris Orphan honors the courage and dedication of war correspondents through the lens of a captivating Vogue photojournalist. 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)

"This is a splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion. I didn't want to put it down, and when it finished, I wanted to start reading all over again. Natasha Lester has woven together the lives of two intriguing women from different eras who find they have much more in common than their bravery and talent. Skillfully told, this passionate tale reveals the best and worst of men, and women, dealing with the brutality of war, and one of the darker secrets of World War II. A must read!" (Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection)

"5 stars! If I could give this wonderful story of two brave women set across generations 10 stars, I gladly would. Most highly recommended!" (Literary Soiree on The Paris Seamstress)

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Very sad yet true theme

This book tore at my heart. Like THE NIGHTINGALE and ALL THE LIGHT and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE and other historical fiction of WWII, it illuminates all the horrors of war. No one wins. Unlike the others Lester highlights the misogyny of the military, media, and the aftermath of war that women suffered. I found it timely as women’s rights are currently being eroded. Yes, women have improved lives, but the patriarchy is still predominant in worldwide society.

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Audio vs hardcopy different?

At book club last night we were surprised that the ones who did audio were all disappointed with how many times G D was used. An overwhelming amount that was discouraging. The ones who read the book hardcopy said G D was not used as much. Can that be true? The audiobooks are different than the hardcopies? We enjoyed the overall story but unanimously felt the ending was rushed and confusing.

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The beginning was very slow. Overall the story needs a good editor to sharpen the narrative

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Not impressed

The women characters whine a lot about women’s rights and they are not very classy. I’m at a part now where the journalist and military are having sex all the time so it reads more like a trashy romance than historical fiction. I’m not even interested in finishing it.

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Incredible

I wasn’t sure I would finish the book at first, but like any good novel, it pulled me in and by the middle I was often in tears. Perfect for listening!

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would recommend

loved the book except the end was anticlimactic after hours of listening the ending was brief- almost a clff hanger. not everybody's issue was resolved

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great story

love how her books are so dimensional. As a photographer myself I was extra honored at the focus and importance of it throughout. her books always bring awareness to so many importance things threaded through a great story. I wish I was a photo journalist now!

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A Sad Part of History

While I enjoyed the many characters in this book, I was unfamiliar with the way things were back then, in how many men treated women in the disrespectful way they did. This story was not one that had a happy ending but good enough. I would recommend it, but only if you can handle great sorrow and noncompensation.

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A must read

A wonderful, sometimes difficult, needs to be told story. I could not put it down.