My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Two timelines, two stories, one woman.
A new mother and recent widow, Charlotte continued her employment in a book shop in an occupied Nazi Paris. Just like many of her fellow Parisians, Charlotte kept her head low and did her best to survive the shortage of food, medicine and heating supplies. The situation worsened after the imprisonment of her close friend. Unwanted friendship with a German officer carried Charlette thru some difficult time, but in a process of survival – she became an enemy of her own people.
1950, New York, now a successful editor of a prestigious publishing house, Charlotte has everything she once, in a dark room of the Parisian bookshop, could ever imagine. Great job, cozy apartment on Park Avenue, and a beautiful and intelligent daughter. No one knows the price she paid for this safe and secure life.
I love dual timeline novels! Especially about WWII. In this book, I enjoyed Charlette’s life during WWII. However, I really disliked the New York part. It felt overly dramatic, I could not understand her behavior and reasons why she hid her past from her daughter. It left me disappointed. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.