The Paris Package

The Paris Package

by A.W. Hartoin

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The Paris Package by A.W. Hartoin

For Stella Bled Lawrence being wealthy and stylish in 1938 is exactly what it’s cracked up to be. She’s blissfully unaware of the rising tensions in Europe even as she travels to Vienna on the eve of the Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass. Stella and her husband, Nicky, witness the night’s atrocities first hand. Even as they watch the horror, they never imagine it will touch them personally, a pair of wealthy Americans on their honeymoon but touch them it does. In the chaotic aftermath, Stella finds passion and purpose in the form of a package with a Paris address. She promises to deliver it, not knowing what it contains or who wants it. Soon Stella must decide who and what she’s willing to sacrifice to keep a secret that has been quietly guarded for five hundred years.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155217756
Publisher: A.W. Hartoin
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,529
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

***Get Mercy Watts Mysteries For Free*** Sign up for A.W. Hartoin’s Mercy Watts Mysteries newsletter to get FREE books and new release alerts. No spam. Spam is evil. http://www.awhartoin.com/mercy-watts-lp.html A.W. Hartoin grew up in rural Missouri, but her grandmother lived in the Central West End area of St. Louis. The CWE fascinated her with it’s enormous houses, every one unique. She was sure there was a story behind each ornate door. Going to Grandma’s house was a treat and an adventure. As the only grandchild around for many years, A.W. spent her visits exploring the many rooms with their many secrets. That’s how Mercy Watts and the fairies of Whipplethorn came to be. As an adult, A.W. Hartoin decided she needed a whole lot more life experience if she was going to write good characters so she joined the Air Force. It was the best education she could’ve hoped for. She met her husband and traveled the world, living in Alaska, Italy, and Germany before settling in Colorado where she now lives with her family, a Great Dane, a skanky cat, and six bad chickens. Connect with A.W. Hartoin on http://www.awhartoin.com or www.facebook.com/A.W.Hartoin.

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Anonymous 17 days ago
This story was riveting. I hated having to put it down at night. The main characters have you rooting for them. The action is almost non stop. I have read all of the Mercy Watts books so this answered a few questions about the Bled's, but now i have so many more which i'm hoping will be answered in the next book, since the ending implies Stella's mission will continue.
VGT214 24 days ago
Excellent, gripping, couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Never has a book gripped my imagination so quickly where I couldn't put it down till I reached the end. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Finally we will know what happened between the families
Anonymous 7 months ago
Start with this or start with the Mercy Watts series, either way you have a thrilling tale that spans time in a collection of stories you simply will not be able to put down once you start.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Could not put it down. Easy to read, interesting characters, some with frightening personalities.
Anonymous 12 months ago
After reading the Mercy Watts series I also wanted to know the story behind Stella. This book gives us the story with the promise of more to come. One unanswered question though - why does Amelie say they are blood if they only just met? Maybe that will be answered in another volume. I love the entire series. If you haven't read a Mercy Watts mystery grab one now but make sure you have no plans for later!
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
For those of us who have been huge fans of author A.W. Hartoin’s Mercy Watts series from the beginning, hearing the name “Bled” was a real treat. There have been little bits of info about what happened to Stella Bled scattered throughout the series, and little hints that Mercy may in fact be a Bled. So, wow, now we meet Stella! Is Mercy a Bled, or isn’t she? But Mercy isn’t in this story, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that. And that’s okay, because Stella Bled’s journey in The Paris Package will keep you riveted from beginning to end. It’s an exciting story of what starts out to be just the European honeymoon of two wealthy, privileged newlyweds on the Eve of World War II, when tensions are rising, and Hitler and the Nazis are just starting to make their presence, their restrictive, strangling, ugly, deadly presence, known. Stella Bled and Nicky Lawrence have just married. They are what most of us would think of as the pampered rich. Societal expectations constrain them. They had a whirlwind courtship and didn’t know each other very long before marrying, so are still learning about each other. Some of what Nicky learns about Stella shocks him, to say the least. I would love to see more of this marriage as it grows and matures. In the beginning of the story Stella and Nicky both seem so young, especially Stella. Nicky seems to know a bit about the political climate and has some serious discussions with their Jewish travel guide Abel, but Stella is more interested in shopping and the sights, and when she does question things her new husband assures her there is nothing she needs to worry about. If eighteen-year-old Stella seems young, naïve and inexperienced it’s because she is, but she is also brave, resilient and fiercely loyal. Just before he disappeared, possibly on one of “the trains” that rumors are swirling about, Abel asked her to deliver a package to Paris. Stella is determined to let nothing stop her from keeping the promise she made to do so. The plot is solid and the characters engaging and believable. Thanks to her Uncle Josiah and unknown to Nicky, Stella reveals herself to be remarkably calm under stress and to have a lot of surprising skills and talents that see her through the danger encountered on the journey to Paris. Some of the situations she finds herself in may strain credulity, but it works within the story. She is so focused and determined you believe she can do whatever she sets out to do. I couldn’t put this book down and I highly recommend it. It provides an accurate portrayal of the chilling times leading to WWII, as well as the strong, fascinating characters and storylines A. W. Hartoin always provides. It has excitement, danger, humor and love. I received an advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review, and as I always do, I will purchase the book as well. I hope this is a series that will continue, as I can’t wait to read more about the mysterious Stella Bled and to also join in again with Mercy Watt and her next adventure.