The Last Time I Saw Paris

The Last Time I Saw Paris

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by Lynn Sheene
     
 

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A stunning debut novel of a young American woman who becomes a spy in Paris during World War II.

May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn't anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the German

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A stunning debut novel of a young American woman who becomes a spy in Paris during World War II.

May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn't anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the German occupation, the once- privileged socialite's only option is to take a job in a flower shop under the tutelage of a sophisticated Parisian florist.

In exchange for false identity papers, Claire agrees to aid the French Resistance. Despite the ever-present danger, she comes to love the enduring beauty of the City of Light, exploring it in the company of Thomas Grey, a mysterious Englishman working with the Resistance. Claire's bravery and intelligence make her a valuable operative, and slowly her values shift as she witnesses the courageous spirit of the Parisians.

But deception and betrayal force her to flee once again-this time to fight for the man she loves and what she knows is right-praying she has the heart and determination to survive long enough to one day see Paris again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A farm girl turned Manhattan socialite lands in Paris just ahead of the Wehrmacht in Sheene's perfunctory debut. When Claire Harris's rich husband finds out she lied to him about her humble roots, she flees to Paris, but her timing is poor. Claire, sans papers, winds up working for the Resistance and falling in love with an English spy whose eventual disappearance leads Claire into harm's way as she tries to save him. Sheene's occupied Paris is the star, much more so than the bland characters and unsurprising plot. It's not dreadful, but there's nothing especially exciting going on, either. (May)
The Durango Herald
"Sheene’s research is impeccable, and her homage to the city is reflected in her nostalgic and finely drawn portrait of a place and people badly bent but resolutely unbroken. Sheene’s detailed descriptions bring alive the architecture, the smells of the flora and the sounds of jackbooted Nazis as they stomp imperially through the Arc de Triomphe." --Leslie Doran,
Chicago Tribune
"Claire Harris planned on building a new life for herself in Paris with photographer Laurent Olivier. But she hadn't planned on finding that the Germans would be occupying Paris when she arrived in May 1940, and that Laurent would already have a wife. Trapped in Paris without papers or connections, Claire takes a job at La Vie en Fleurs, where the shop's owner, the enigmatic Madame Palain, will teach Claire valuable lessons in not only how to survive the war but how to live a rewarding life. Sheene gives readers a heroine who could give Scarlett O'Hara lessons in determination and a fascinating taste of life in the City of Light during the difficult days of World War II."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425240847
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
217,433
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lynn Sheene is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and lives with her husband in southern California. The Last Time I Saw Paris is her first novel.

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The Last Time I Saw Paris 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author may have done her research, but it doesn't show. Readers beware: this is not historical fiction. It is a Harlequin romance set during WW2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading about the lives of people during WWII, and especially Europe. But this book was total fantasy...a romance novel...and a waste of time. If one wants to read a good book about the same era, read "Sarah's Key". You won't put that one down!
GreenEyedReader More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY CAPTIVATING! This was a wonderful story. Although others have reviewed this as a love story, it is that, but much more. Very well written-I felt like I was there. I read a lot of WW2 related novels and this one is one of my favorites. New York socialite gives up her priviledged life to get away from her husband and escape to what she thinks will be somewhat of the same in Paris with a lover. What she doesn't know is the Paris/France are being actively invaded by the Germans. From a life of priviledge to becoming a member of the Resistance and finding the love of her life. WONDERFUL STORY,loved it- I coudn't put it down!
Krystyn13 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It is an excellent example of a woman's perseverance and drive for a better life for herself and others around her. Set in France during WWII, it is a worthy read.
Denise Haertl More than 1 year ago
I could see this story being made into a great drama/spy/action/lovestory movie!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1940 as the Nazis are about to occupy Paris, Claire Harris flees Manhattan and her abusive war profiteering spouse Russell for France. She hopes her former lover Laurent can provide her with shelter, but he is unwelcoming. Claire lacks papers because some thief tossed her papers into the water, but she finds a job and a place to stay with Madame Palain the owner of a florist. When the Nazis take over the city, Claire, out of necessity to obtain papers, joins the resistance. Her delivering flowers to German galas enable her to obtain information she passes on to her compatriots. Claire loves her adopted nation and begins seeing the city and surrounding area accompanied by English resistance agents and spy Thomas Harding Grey who she met at Laurent's apartment. As she helps two females escape from Paris, someone betrays her leaving her forced to go to extreme measures to try to save herself and her loved ones from the Nazis. Nazi occupied Paris owns this interesting WWII drama as the readers sees vividly what happened in the 1940s. The heroine's early actions to desperately escape from her spouse seem inane as she flies from the East River to the French-Spanish border (she should have returned to Oklahoma although in fairness she believed she could never go home). With a nod to Dominique Lapierre's Is Paris Burning? Readers will enjoy the American expatriate symbolizing Lady Liberty as she survives, loves and fights for freedom. Harriet Klausner
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Great read .. . . I couldn't put it down!
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DeborahMO More than 1 year ago
This book is worth your time, if you love to read like I do. I highly recommend it.
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I absolutely loved this book! It is one of the most powerful and moving books I've read in a long time. The descriptions and period details are so well done that Paris itself becomes a beloved character. I was captivated by this book! Wish I could find more like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every page. History, intrique, romance, bravery - I couldn't stop reading it.
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Jodyatthebeach More than 1 year ago
Great period love story and mystery.
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