The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris: from an exciting new voice in historical fiction comes a gripping and emotional novel

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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris: from an exciting new voice in historical fiction comes a gripping and emotional novel

The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris: from an exciting new voice in historical fiction comes a gripping and emotional novel

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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris is a dual timeline historical fiction novel. Following Jacques, a bookshop owner in France during WWII. And also following Juliette who is spending an extended time in Paris after learning upsetting news. She finds an apartment above a Bookshop, and she decides that she wants to restore the shop and sell books again against the owners 97-year-old Grandmothers wishes. She doesn’t want the past to be dug up. While it bothers me to read about a woman whining about an unfaithful husband and an unhappy marriage, I was relieved to hear that this author created a strong female who stood her ground and did something about it; albeit a rather unrealistic ‘move’ and ‘ending.’

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Juliette and her husband’s trip to Paris ended in their separation, but it turned out to be a new start for Juliette. In the present timeline, you get to follow strong people too. But it felt more like a romance and or women fiction. The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris is another wonderful, heartwarming but heartbreaking historical novel by Daisy Wood which I loved. Set in two timeframes, both were equally devoted to the stories, and they came together beautifully. Often I enjoy one timeframe more than the other, but in this case I thoroughly enjoyed both. This is only my second novel by this author, and I'll be looking at her others. Highly recommended.The occupation continues and the couple witness atrocities to their fellow Parisians, Mathilde is determined to become involved with any sort of resistance. However, after she is taken in by the Police and brought home by Herr Schmidt, he makes it perfectly clear that she leave Paris and for which he has arranged a pass. As things turn out the couple are already hiding a woman in the secret room and it's decided for Mathilde to take her on the train south with her. Jacques stays in Paris to look after his ailing mother as well as running his bookshop. A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** This is a beautiful read that is set in two time zones of 1940 after the invasion of France and present day with Juliette and husband Kevin.

The bookstore sounded lovely and had a hidden room and lots of other secrets...will Juliette find out these secrets? Books are important to save but so are people. Everyone has a story to tell and what a great one ours will be when all this is over." Modern day: Juliette and her husband have finally made it to France on the romantic getaway of her dreams—but as the days pass, all she discovers is quite how far they’ve grown apart. She’s craving a new adventure, so when she happens across a tiny, abandoned shop with a for-sale sign in the window, it feels fated. The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris is a story of love and courage, sacrifice and surrender. It’s a tale of heartbreak and hope as the two lead characters from both timelines are on a journey of self discovery. I highly recommend it as I found it a moving and memorable story.

I wanted to love this book, but for me it was a complete letdown. Juliette in the present timeline was a character I could care less about and her double standards and whining annoyed me to no end. Her story honestly made me want to DNF the book. The past timeline was better than the present, but it didn’t have much of a wow factor and was actually quite bland. I didn’t connect with the characters like I wanted to.

Juliette needed a place to stay and found an apartment above a bookstore and decided to restore the bookstore even though a friend’s grandmother ZiZi who is 97 told her to not dig up the past. Bookstores and libraries were her spiritual home, so quiet and calm and full of knowledge - and now here was the ghost of a bookstore on her doorstep.’ This is a wonderful novel. I especially liked the descriptions about Mathilde and Jacques. Their story is filled with hope and is heartbreaking at the same time. The book is brilliantly written. The reader is transported in time to wartime Paris. The fear of the citizens, the “disappearing” Jewish people and the strength of the human spirit to hope and resist in the face of terrible odds. At first I was intrigued by how this cliche romance was going to intersect with the story of a couple in occupied France standing up to the Nazi’s. The main link is the bookshop owned initially by the couple in WWII. It lies abandoned now and is taken on by our novel’s heroine. The era and bookshop feel like set pieces for a predictable plot. Part of what bothered me in this story is the privileged and almost oblivious nature of the author and main character. The heroine is asked not to touch the bookstore because of its sad history, but does so anyway. To me it felt disrespectful and clueless. We’re asked to just accept the premise that this woman belongs here. That she’s destined to start a new life in Paris opening this bookstore and anyone who disagrees just doesn’t understand her. As if the other people’s feelings and personal histories weren’t worth as much as the gut instinct of this woman who’s sort of inserted herself in their community. and the end of the story felt rushed. I was left feeling cheated and a bit bitter.A lovely read that has some romance, mystery, history, and a chance to enjoy the city of lights both past and present.



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