Book Review: Escape from Paris by Carolyn Hart—and a Giveaway

Escape from ParisEscape From Paris
Carolyn Hart
Seventh Street Books, June 2013
ISBN 978-1-61614-793-8
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

Romantic suspense amid the chaos of a world at war. The year is 1940. As England braces for invasion and the German army overruns Europe, two American sisters in Paris risk their lives to save a downed British airman from Nazi arrest. Linda Rossiter and Eleanor Masson soon realize the price they may pay when they read this ominous public notice: “All persons harbouring English soldiers must deliver same to the nearest Kommandantur not later than 20 October 1940. Those persons who continue to harbour Englishmen after this date without having notified the authorities will be shot.” On Christmas Eve, the Gestapo sets a trap, and death is only a step behind the two American women.

“Carolyn Hart’s riveting and realistic portrayal of German-occupied Paris keeps the suspense high. Set just before Germany declared war on America and just as the French Resistance started to emerge, Escape from Paris is a compelling page-turner.”—Robin Burcell, bestselling author of The Black List

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This book threw me for a loop a little.  I didn’t get into it right away, but it grew on me and I found myself wanting to finish it to see how the story ended.  There’s some good writing, but then there are a few sections that don’t seem to fit.  Overall, I’d say this was a solid book.

To be fair, this is not the sort of book I read, so I’m wondering if I was fighting it a bit too much to give a fair shot.  I do feel the characters were fairly well developed and the plot was interesting.

I would recommend Escape from Paris to folks looking for romance, suspense and books about Paris during the 1940’s.

Reviewed by Chris Swinney, August 2013.
Author of Gray Ghost.

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