Last Christmas in Paris

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War ILast Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Heather Webb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paris is always a good idea. Especially at Christmas. – Evie Elliott

In this wonderfully written novel, I traveled back in time to 1914. England, Evie Elliott waives goodbye to her brother, Will Elliott, and their childhood friend, Thomas Archibald Harding, who have joined English army and now heading to France. As soon as the famous duo leaves Elliott’s estate, Evie runs to her brother’s desk and starts a very first letter and in our case a very first chapter of this wonderful book.

First letters are long, bright, happy, full of jokes and hopes that the war will be short lived and will end by Christmas, that they plan to spend in Paris. Little did they know that this horrific war will last four dreadful years.

As years go by, the amount of letters decreases, and so it’s content. Tom’s letters are full of horror stories of war and Evie’s – of encouragement and hopes for a better future. Both Evie and Tom loose close family members during this dreadful time. But life goes on, and so is war. People are looking for ways they can help each other and their army. Besides making new clothes for the soldiers, women are now taking over the jobs that were done by men before the war. Evie becomes village mailman, her friend Alice takes nursing training and goes to France to help their British army. In spare time, Evie starts to write a column for a newspaper that is owned by Tom’s family. During this time Evie also realizes that she has fallen in love with Tom, and Alice encourages Evie to write him a love letter. Evie follows her friend’s advice, but the letter gets lost. It will take long 2.5 years before it will find it’s way to Tom.

This is a wonderful love story that survived the Great War.

“Last Christmas in Paris” deserves more than 5 stars. This marvelous story is told primarily through letters and telegrams, has a splendid set of characters, and a fascinating plot that unfolds very quickly.Screenshot_20171223-005005_1514008228028

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