• The Paris Secret

  • An Epic and Heartbreaking Love Story Set in World War Two
  • By: Lily Graham
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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The Paris Secret

By: Lily Graham
Narrated by: Esther Wane
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Publisher's Summary

The last time Valerie was in Paris, she was three years old, running from the Nazis, away from the only home she had ever known.  

Now as a young woman all alone in the world, Valerie must return to Paris, to the bookshop and her sole surviving relative, her grandfather Vincent, the only person who knows the truth about what happened to her parents. As she gets to know grumpy, taciturn Vincent again, she hears a tragic story of Nazi-occupied Paris, a doomed love affair, and a mother willing to sacrifice everything for her beloved daughter.  

Can Valerie and Vincent help each other to mend the wounds of the past? Valerie isn't after a fairytale ending, she only wants the truth. But what is the one devastating secret that Vincent is determined to keep from his granddaughter?

©2018 Lily Graham (P)2019 Tantor

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A Different Kind of WWII Story

The Paris Secret is told over three different time lines, WWII during the Nazi occupation of France, in 1962 when a young Valerie is returning to Paris to work in her grandfather’s bookstore and current day, when an aged Valerie is returning once again to Paris with a suitcase of photographs and memories. Sent away to live with relatives at age three, at the end of WWII, Valerie grew up in England, but never understood why her grandfather sent her away. Returning in 1962, posing as a potential employee for his book store, Valerie, is looking for the secrets of her past. This is a remarkable, well thought out and beautifully told story that’s much different than most other WWII stories. It’s not full of death camp stories of exiled Jews (which I have listened to and learned much from). Its not as gruesome as most other tales, although its sad and heartbreaking for those involved. It’s a personal tale of life in Paris at the time of the invasion, how it affected normal people, and about a few very heroic people who dared to challenge Hitler’s iron fist . . . and the price that they paid for it. Its about a France that no longer exists, that loved freedom and stood up against tyranny. The Paris Secret is a reminder that there are always two sides to every story, and its one of the best WWII books that I’ve come across.

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Great, throughly enjoyed...

throughly enjoyed from strart to end. a soft read, if this is what you are looking for, as was i. each charter was significant and well developed _ i was definitely committed to the end.
BRAVO.

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Very good story that won’t tax you with horrible details of ww2

Likable characters and good love story in two generations. War brings out the best or worse in people. I appreciated the lack of profanity and no gratuitous sex scenes. Will read more from ms Lilly graham

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Very enjoyable, unique WWII novel

I had read a lot of heavy, sad WWII novels lately when I picked up this one. The story is unique, a side of the war I had not thought about. The performance by the narrator was excellent. A very enjoyable listen.

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Good but could have been great

I thought the story was good but there were so many potential side stories or twists that just didn’t happen.

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Love this book

What a beautifully written story that could easily be a true story. I highly recommend it.

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Tedious! Deficult to finish. Not for me....

I finally had to stop listening....
it do not hook me....hard to jump from War time to the then present....

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Her Secret

my favorite thing was the narrator. Very charming. it was a wonderful book to read.

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It was good

It was a good book. Well written and well narrated. The story line did bore me a little at times. I found my mind drifting and I’d have to force myself to keep listening. But that wasn’t true for the whole book. Once it got about halfway through, it because very interesting. Over all I enjoyed it. Just wasn’t my most favorite is all.

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Livre agréable

Une histoire qui se tient et qui est bien documentée.
Des personnages assez attachants.
Une héroïne (Valérie), un peu mièvre mais ceci est dû en grande partie à la voix que lui a donné la narratrice.
Une histoire un peu à l’eau de rose mais qui rend le tout facile à écouter.

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Easy listening

Not as good as I thought it would be. The write up was what I was drawn to and it sounded so good.. unfortunately not so for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-20

Loved it.

Would recommend this for anyone who likes a good story, easy listen and most importantly had a decent ending.