On a platform in occupied Paris, a mother whispers goodbye. It is the end.But also the beginning… ‘What a book… Emotional and heartrending…absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement’ Jill Mansell
Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable. A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily’s Early One Morning and M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans.
A young woman’s future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope. Santa Cruz 1953
Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi Occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door.
On a darkened platform, two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined… ‘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 ‘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 ‘Historical fiction fans rejoice. A new voice has entered the arena and… she’s one to watch. A heart-rending 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 ‘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
JUST SOME OF THE FIVE-STAR REAL READER REVIEWS FOR WHILE PARIS SLEPT… ‘I loved this novel, I’m still crying. A truly beautiful book that captures the meaning of parental love in all its forms. I highly recommend this book to all my book groups.*****’ ‘A heartbreaking and emotional read based around WW2. Absolutely fantastic. I have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars *****’ ‘This book was beautiful – a book on love and courage demonstrated in different ways, showing that there is no one way to love or be brave. I was unable to stop reading *****’ ‘I loved While Paris Slept. I finished the novel with tears in my eyes. An uplifting novel and will be great for book clubs’ *****’ ‘Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster of a read. The characters so believable. Highly recommend’
‘For fans of Sophie’s Choice and Sarah’s Key, While Paris Slept is an atmospheric debut about the cost of war and the consequences of love. Impressive *****’ ‘I really liked this book. It felt a lot like The Alice Network.Very well done. Highly recommend’ ‘An excellent and thrilling novel *****’