All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Title: All the Flowers in Paris

Author: Sarah Jio

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious stack of love letters, and shocking secrets, sweeping from World War II to the present.

When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and young child, she vows to piece her life back together—though she can’t help but feel she may be in danger. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior.

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is trying to build a new life for her daughter, working in her father’s flower shop, and hoping to find love again. Then a ruthless German officer discovers her Jewish ancestry, and Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. But when her worst fears come true, she must fight back in order to save the person she loves most: her daughter.

When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets—and that she may have more in common with Céline than she could have ever imagined.

Told from both women’s perspectives, All the Flowers in Paris is an emotionally captivating novel rooted in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the steadfastness of a mother’s love, and the many complex layers of the heart—especially its capacity to forgive.

My Review: So, in all honestly I was a bit hesitant to read this novel. I don’t do very well when books make me cry. Everything about this novel screamed “Get ready to cry!” The cover, the synopsis.. I prepared myself. My goodness am I soo glad I did. This novel is so heartfelt, and it’s written in dual point of view, and that alone is one of my favorite traits of a novel, as you all may know by now. All the Flowers in Paris, is a beautiful yet very sad, it takes place both past and present day.

We follow Caroline,2009 Paris, France and Celine, in 1943 Paris, France. We follow each others stories, and although it’s not immediately obvious, the reader comes to find the connection between the two, and even though in time far apart, in connection so close.

There were sad, tearful moments. There were happy moments, it is a perfect blend of emotions.

Even though I was scared to read this novel at first, today, it’s one of my favorite reads of the year.

I am glad I stepped out of my reading comfort zone, because this novel opened new doors for me in the genre world, one that I would have never imagined getting into.

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Love, Ellie