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The Last Hours in Paris: Set in WW2 and the Liberation, a powerful story of an impossible love

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472268013

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 7th July 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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War brings them together.
Liberation will tear them apart.

‘A wonderful book. An involving, terrifying, heartbreaking story of the power of love and forgiveness’ JILL MANSELL
‘A tender, yet thrilling story of love and family secrets in time of war, beautifully told’ RACHEL HORE
‘I was so engrossed. A wonderful, moving, sad but ultimately uplifting book’ LESLEY PEARSE

A POWERFUL PORTRAIT OF WAR. A HEARTBREAKING STORY OF LOVE. THE EXTRAORDINARY NEW NOVELFROM THE AUTHOR OF WHILE PARIS SLEPT.

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 recognises himself. After four years spent fighting a war he doesn’t believe in, wearing a uniform he despises, he longs for a way out. For something, someone, 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 discovers the story of a dangerous love that grew 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 life for ever.

‘Love, loss, bravery… Ruth is an exceptional storyteller, bringing the past back to life and shining a light in the darkness’ Ericka Waller

‘THE LAST HOURS IN PARIS is a vivid exposé of war and its dislocations… these characters command sympathy’
Kirkus Reviews

Acclaim for the unforgettable international bestseller WHILE PARIS SLEPT:

‘A gripping tale of love and sacrifice’ WOMAN & HOME
‘You’ll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion… Had me completely and utterly enraptured’ LOUISE CANDLISH
‘What a book… Emotional and heartrending…absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement’ JILL MANSELL
‘I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read’ LESLEY PEARSE
‘A heartbreaking debut’ JANET SKESLIEN CHARLES, AUTHOR OF THE PARIS LIBRARY
An amazing story of love, resilience and the human spirit’ TRACY REES
‘Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings’ BEST
‘Made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind’s capacity for both terrible, heartbreaking cruelty and beautiful, selfless love’ NATASHA LESTER

Reviews

Praise for Ruth Druart: 'What a book . . . Emotional and heartrending . . . absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement
Jill Mansell
Historical fiction fans, rejoice! A new voice has entered the arena and she's one to watch. A heartrending story told from the perspectives of two families living very different lives, it is also one of hope amid tragedy. Perfectly paced and plotted, and evocatively written
Woman & Home
You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion. Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story had me completely and utterly enraptured
Louise Candlish
Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings
Best
While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty. Prepare to be thoroughly engrossed in this compelling book
Natasha Lester
What a book, I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read
Lesley Pearse
A heartbreaking debut. The novel delves into eternal questions: How far will we go to protect our child? Is love holding tightly or letting go?
Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
A powerful and poignant debut from a brilliant and bold new novelist
Imogen Kealey, author of Liberation