Daughters of Paris by Elisabeth Hobbes
A promise that binds them together. A war that pulls them apart.
Childhood companions Fleur and Colette make a vow, under the trailing ivy of their secret garden, that they will be secret sisters forever. But as they grow up, the promises of childhood are put to the ultimate test. For Colette is the daughter of the house, and her life is all jazz clubs, silk dresses and chilled champagne, while Fleur is the orphan niece of the housekeeper and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere.
Years later, in 1939, life as they know it will never be the same. As the German tanks roll in and Paris becomes an occupied city, the promise they made as children will have consequences they could never have imagined…
This is a book that neatly combines a bit of history and hardship, as Colette and Fleur cope with the Nazi occupation of their beloved Paris, with a storyline that has the importance of a strong bond of friendship at its heart – a book I really enjoyed reading.
As children they were as close as sisters, despite their different backgrounds. Colette was the daughter of a wealthy couple, Fleur the orphaned niece who lived with her aunt, the housekeeper for Colette’s family. Fleur had a resilience that came with the hardships of her upbringing, that Colette didn’t, but with matters of the heart, she had more experience and a secret she couldn’t share with Fleur.
This was a book that focussed on friendship and despite life taking them in different directions and throwing them situations that tested and strained the bond, it remained strong enough to keep them together when it mattered. Living during the difficult time of the occupation, life was full of secrets, which often led to rivalry between them and enhanced the dangers to be faced. It was interesting to see how the war changed them and their relationship and how their different personalities coped with situations they found themselves in.
If you enjoy historical fiction with strong female characters, I think you would like Daughters of Paris – especially as it is currently only 99p on kindle UK.
Elisabeth began writing in secret, but when she came third in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013, she was offered a two-book contract, and consequently had to admit why the house was such a tip. Elisabeth’s historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon and One More Chapter span the Middle Ages to the Second World War and have been Amazon bestsellers and award shortlisted.
Elisabeth is a primary school teacher but she’d rather be writing full time because unlike five-year-olds, her characters generally do what she tells them. When she isn’t writing, she spends most of her spare time reading and is a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book.
She was born and raised in York but now lives in Cheshire because her car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.
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