I read this book during my vacation last week. It was a good choice. Read my review below.
All the Flowers in Paris
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Masterfully told in a split-timeline, All the Flowers in Paris paints a layered story of two women: Caroline, a contemporary woman who grapples to find her identity and handle her grief and Celine, a woman from the past, whose learns to survive, keeping alive what she loves dearly.
Celine and her daughter live an almost idyllic life in Paris. Working with her father in their family owned flower shop, Celine spends her days content among the flowers.
Overcoming the loss of her first husband, Celine forms an attachment to handsome Luc. Just as their romance blooms to a deeper level of commitment, WWII separates them.
Celine and her papa struggle to keep their flower shop open once the shop is defaced with a scrawled Star of David, marking them as of Jewish lineage.
Caught in the web of a high-ranking German officer, Celine does all she can to keep her and Cosi alive, but will it be enough?
Recovering from an accident, Caroline awakes to a foreign person—herself. Amidst her striving to regain her memory and identity, Caroline falls for the handsome owner of a Parisian restaurant, Victor.
By chance Caroline encounters a studio where art and healing go hand in hand, and she eventually discovers who she is, the past she’s come from, and who she grieves. But will she take the path of healing and forgiveness that her art calls her to?
Can both women say in the end: “I have come to learn that we can never lose what we love deeply and truly. It becomes a part of us?”
Historical fiction and historical romance readers will enjoy this richly arranged bouquet of wartime and contemporary fiction.