Review – While Paris Slept

Author: Ruth Druart
Release Date: 23rd February 2021
Publisher: Headline
Blog Tour: Random Things Blog Tours

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Another excellent read, complete. Another contender for the top 10 books of 2021 already! I really really enjoyed this book. Such an emotional and heartbreaking read and if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I love a book that breaks my heart. And this did just that. This is the kind of book that will really resonate with mothers. I cannot ever imagine ever having to even attempt to survive what the characters in this book had too.

While Paris Slept spans across quite a large period of time which allows you to get used to the main characters – Sam, Charlotte, Jean-Luc, Sarah and David and what they had to go through to survive not only WW2 but to survive Auschwitz as well. There is sections of the book from all their perspectives (not David), so you get a real feel for the characters, not only as the personalities that Druart creates for them but how they all link to each other as well. I mostly enjoyed Sam and Sarah’s chapters.

What I liked most about this book is how it has a strong focus on life after the war, after Auschwitz and the horror that each character has to survive. Although we get some chapters based on those times, there is a bigger section on the aftermath and it is SUCH a powerful read.

This book made me cry. I say that so rarely so this for me is a real sign of emotionally driven writing and it’s definitely a book that will stay with me, my heart broke on multiple occasions but one bit definitely hit me harder than the rest. Pop me a message if you’ve read this and we can discuss!

This is an excellent read that I will definitely recommend to lovers of historical fiction. For me I have been left with one unanswered question and I felt in places that it was a little too long (personal preference, not a criticism) but overall a fantastic read.

This book teaches you that parents can and should always put their child’s happiness before their own. A very important message.


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