The Paris Dressmaker (by Kristy Cambron) … amazing trip back to WWII

There are two main characters whose lives are woven throughout the pages of this amazing trip back to WWII and the Nazi invasion of France.  One thread is with the seamstress Lila, who you are introduced to as she is escaping capture.  You are frantic as you experience her fear.  The second thread is with Sandrine, a mother and the wife whose husband has left to fight against Hitler’s atrocities.

What you don’t realize at the time is how the lives will be affected by their willingness to sacrifice their lives on behalf of the Resistance.  The women who work behind the scenes in unbelievable and simple ways are truly brave.  The stories of these two women go back and forth in time.  It was difficult to keep up with whether you were at the present time (1943/1944) or the past (1939) as you flipped through the pages.  I wish there was a way to help me navigate the time periods a little easier.  The story was still wonderful, but it often took me a while to realize “where” I was in relation to the time period.

There are so many times you heart will stop as you wait in anticipation for what will happen next.  The author does a wonderful job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, making the reader invested in the lives of the characters, and allowing you to experience the Nazi invasion through multiple viewpoints.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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