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The Last Train from Paris
     

The Last Train from Paris

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by Stacy Cohen
 
Set against the chilling backdrop of Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, The Last Train from
Paris tells the story of forbidden love between an artist turned French soldier and a
Russian ballerina.

While apprenticing for Henri Matisse, painting the scenery for a ballet at L'Académie Nationale de Musique-Théâtre de l'Opéra, Jean-Luc

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Set against the chilling backdrop of Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, The Last Train from
Paris tells the story of forbidden love between an artist turned French soldier and a
Russian ballerina.

While apprenticing for Henri Matisse, painting the scenery for a ballet at L'Académie Nationale de Musique-Théâtre de l'Opéra, Jean-Luc Beauchamp meets Natasha, who becomes his creative muse and lone inamorata, inspiring him to become the painter he dreams of being. But Jean-Luc isn't the only man who is enamored with Natasha, and when a Nazi officer forces his attentions on her, she must feign indifference to keep Jean-Luc alive. Driven by passion for his country, his art, and his lover, Jean-Luc fights for France's liberation, even as Natasha looses her freedom and desperately struggles to keep her own secrets hidden.

Loosely based on the real-life adventures of Joan Miró, who escaped France on the last train from Paris with his Constellation portfolio, The Last Train from Paris skillfully interweaves truth and fiction into an epic that will appeal to lovers of art and history and romantics everywhere.

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Between the Covers
Stacy Cohen interweaves fact and fiction in this novel, set in World War II Paris during the Nazi occupation. Loosely basing her tale on the real-life adventures of artist Jean Miro, Cohen unfolds a forbidden love story as France fights for its liberation. Lovers of art, history, and romance will find this novel a real page-turner.
—Julie Pekrul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929774524
Publisher:
Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Last Train from Paris 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
A novel about Paris, not just the beautiful "City of the Lights," but a city captured and terrorized in the grip of a hostile German army in WWII, this is a book I couldn't help dying to read. I love Paris above all European cities, and my heart just stops at the thought of anyone destroying a single piece of its architecture or fine arts. So, I could hardly wait to tell you that this book will leave you breathless and pensive. From the very first paragraphs you will be taken in to the epic story of lovers and liars, artists and anti-heros... Stacy Cohen paints with a gentle hand and delft stokes the story of an occupied Paris that is so confined and crippled that you feel the constraints of it as you read. We come to know and love favored contemporary artists Miro and the grumpy but irrepressible Mattise, who take under wing the talented but fledgling young artist, Jean Luc Beauchamp. Jean Luc becomes the hero of this story as we follow his passions of art, true love for a beautiful Russian ballerina with a secret, and love of Paris...all elements of the human story and the battle of good vs. evil. Ms Cohen also provides us a German Oberst officer villian to heat up the struggles. He's interesting, darkly intriguing and easy to hate. A novel that will set you adrift into another time, "The Last Train for Paris," will catch you up in a story that will rush over your heart and bring you to tears. It is a story that will create a righteous indignation about the savaging of the arts, and the art thefts of WWII. And, it is a novel that will remain with you should you visit Paris or when you think of its beauty and many treasures. Hopefully, you will never find yourself taking the last train from Paris...but always going toward Paris. It is the most beautiful and mysterious of European cities. Just like cities all over the world in these times and in the past, it is worthy of our concerns and protection. I'm grateful to Ms Cohen for reminding me of that. It took many brave hearts in the Resistance to liberate Paris and France from a hostile enemy. Theirs is a story that is beautifully rendered in "The Last Train from Paris." Highly recommended and timely.
CaApril More than 1 year ago
"The Last Train From Paris" by Stacy Cohen is an agonizing and heart-wrenching romance set in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II. Jean-Luc Beauchamp is a struggling artist living in his own world where the Nazi's exist in his periphery, but have had very little impact on his day-to-day life. This changes when he meets Natasha, a ballerina, and falls deeply and desperately in love. Unfortunately her beauty has also caught the eye of a vicious Nazi officer, Oberst Lorenz, and Natasha must distance herself from Jean-Luc to keep him safe. With his muse gone, Jean-Luc joins the resistance and fights to liberate his beloved country while Natasha becomes the prisoner of a brutal man who would kill her if her secret was ever revealed. This is a captivating romance intertwined with horrific brutality that was, at times, difficult to read. What kept me going was the hope that everything was going to work out for Jean-Luc and Natasha in the end. I believed in their love and expected it to conquer all the darkness. I liked the historical elements of this novel and the inclusion of some real life characters, such as artist Jean Miro, and felt it was very well researched. Nothing about the occupation of Paris by the Nazi's was sugar-coated which added to the fear I felt for the characters as they encountered some truly evil Germans. It was also nice to get a glimpse inside the resistance as it gave me one more element to root for when I wasn't sure if the romance was going to work out. While the romance is a major part of the story, I think it would appeal to those who enjoy WWII historical fiction as well as those who like historical romance. This novel is fast paced, difficult to put down, and may induce a tear or two, I highly recommend it!
BellaCara More than 1 year ago
The epic love story The Last Train from Paris, written by Stacy Cohen, takes us on a heart wrenching and intense journey through Nazi occupied Paris. The story is about Jean-Luc Beauchamp a flourishing artist and love interest muse Natasha, a talented ballet dancer. Romance flourishes between the two; catapulting them into a world of bliss. But before too long that world is shattered by a Nazi solider who also has eyes for Natasha. As Jean- Luc joins the Allied forces to fight for Frances liberation Natasha is left with the hardest decision of all. She must make a choice, follow her heart and risk the life of the man she loves, or give in to a monsters advances to save her one true love. A story full of suspense and drama The Last Train from Paris leaves you turning pages to see what will happen next for these two star crossed lovers. Cohen captures the essence of war torn France perfectly and weaves a magical story of heartache and determination in what could be considered one of the best historical romances of the past few years. The characters in the story come alive in ways you would never expect as she expertly weaves a fictional story into one of the world's most destructive and shameful time of history. You find yourself routing with your whole heart for a romance that defies logic. You can sense Natasha's angst in the decisions she has to make, and feel a palpable pain for Jean-Luc as well. You are entranced by a love that had everything against it but still managed to flourish under even the harshest conditions. Stacy Cohen should be applauded for her tale of timeless love that endures all odds. The Last Train from Paris is a romance that crosses time and space to leave an indelible mark on the readers heart.
Akasupermanda More than 1 year ago
"The Last Train From Paris" is set in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944. It tells the story of Jean-Luc and Natasha. Jean-Luc is a struggling French artist who hates the German occupants but remains largely in the dark of what all is going on, especially to the Jews in France. He considers chasing women more important than work, but grudgingly takes a job when his landlady tells him she badly needs his rent money. His mentor gets him a job apprenticing for Henri Matisse, painting the scenery for a ballet. There he meets Natasha, the beautiful Russian ballerina. He wins her heart only to have a German officer fixate on her. The officer becomes more and more insistent and there is nothing Natasha can do without angering him and endangering both her and Jean-Luc's lives. Soon the officer discovers Natasha's secret and she becomes his prisoner. Jean-Luc is still set on freeing her and running away with her, and she knows she must take action to save his life. She tells the press, right in front of Jean-Luc, after her ballet performance that Jean-Luc's work is that of an amateur and was not worthy of their ballet. Now without hope, she resigns herself to a life as the officer's captive, fearful every day that he will send her away to Auschwitz. Meanwhile a heartbroken Jean-Luc joins the French Resistance. He almost gets several of them killed when he hesitates to kill a teenage German soldier, but they find a better use for him. He joins another of the Resistance who is trying to save the art from the Louvre that is being stolen by the Nazis. When they get word that the Allies are on the way he resolves to fight for his country's freedom, for the art that is being stolen by the Germans, and for Natasha. I did like "The Last Train From Paris," but it seemed like a redo of Moulin Rouge set during the war. He was just an artist instead of a writer, and she a ballerina instead of an actress. And she had no choice but to act like she was in love with the bad guy while the good guy tried to think of a way to sneak her away to marry her. Regardless, it did keep my attention and the characters were well developed. The Resistance fighting was a change from the plot I was already familiar with and was a chance for Jean-Luc to grow up. While I was less than happy with the ending, it still ended well I'm sure others would argue.