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.
I’m getting more and more interested in historic fiction and since I very much enjoyed reading about French revolution not long ago, I thought I’d give this book a go. It’s hard to imagine living in a war-time and going through what people went through daily and to think what I read in this book actually happened, if not worse, gave me chills. I cried with Claire character many time in this book and feared and cheered for her throughout. Somehow, I knew how the story would end but I wasn’t disappointed at all but rather relieved. I thought Sheene did a wonderful job writing her first novel.