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Publisher's Summary

A GMA Buzz Pick * An Indie Next Pick * An Amazon Best of the Month Pick, Literature and Fiction * A People Magazine Pick

The New York Times best-selling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel - a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage - about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.

Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

Photographer Edouard Moss has escaped Germany with his young daughter only to be interned in a French labor camp. His life collides with Nanée’s in this sweeping tale of romance and danger set in a world aflame with personal and political passion.

Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France, The Postmistress of Paris is the haunting story of an indomitable woman whose strength, bravery, and love is a beacon of hope in a time of terror.

©2021 Meg Waite Clayton (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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One of the reasons why I gave this book a mediocre rating is that there is a great deal of repitition of certain phrases - the name of the special photograph, the nickname for the camp commandant, entirely too much about the kangaroos, etc. That always makes me think the author is being paid by the word. Useless repetition always makes me suspect a lack of writing skills and leads to boredom for me. The story behind this book is interesting and deserves to be told, but I found the telling to be slow and tedious. Perhaps it was the narrators; the female narrator's voice was pleasant but a bit slow. The male was terrible at voicing children and irritating the rest of the time. I'm sure many people will love this book. I enjoy WWII fiction and nonfiction, but having read and listened to "The Gentleman from Moscow" and "All the Light We Cannot See", I expect more.

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Hard to follow

I restarted this audiobook two times. I really tried. It’s confusing. And not engaging. I’m returning it.

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Don’t bother

This was a romance novel even though it was “based” on a woman who lived in occupied France during World War 2. It was shallow and should be billed as a romance fictional book. I purchased it based on rave reviews that still has me scratching my head and wondering why???? Not my cup of tea and sorry I wasted my time.

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Storyline became a collection of stereotypes

Although the plot and characters begin with vigor, both become tiresome by the end of Part 2. An astonishing parade of stereotypes.

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  • 12-29-21

Excellent !

Thoroughly researched, beautifully read, very well written! Gentle and brutal, good people and monsters. Very difficult to put it down. Thank you!

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Excellent read or listen. Compelling story w/twist

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story with twists. Well read and presented. Enough fact to be intreguing. Memorable characters

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Does not engage your interest from the start

Very very slow start to this book. Tried several times to continue and it’s just slow as molasses and you aren’t sure when something will actually happen. I don’t return many books but this one is going back.

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Intriguing story.

Beautifully written. I was drawn into the story immediately by the explicit descriptions and the verbalization by the narrators.

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Performance painfully slow - overshadowed story

I have listened to other Meg Waite Clayton books and looked forward to this one. Unfortunately I forgot to listen to the sample first. I could not get pas the first few chapters of this book! I can barely tell you what it’s about. The narrator was so painfully slow and dramatic, and the quality of the audio performance (muffled and unclear) that collectively I had to stop.

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No ending so really lost the chance to even slightly redeem itself as a semi satisfying story.

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Potential that fell short

The author has a nice writing style and the readers did an excellent job but the story lacked depth and development and felt very disjointed in parts.
Many elements included didn’t add to the plot development and just served to fill pages.
I found myself wanting to be invested in the characters but had it been a real book not audio, I think I would have skipped to the final chapter and not felt I missed anything substantial.