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The Last Hours in Paris: Set in WW2 and the Liberation, a powerful novel of love, retribution and atonement

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472268013

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 7th July 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

War brings them together.
Liberation will tear them apart.

FROM THE AUTHOR OF WHILE PARIS SLEPT, A POWERFUL NOVEL OF WAR AND RETRIBUTION, ATONEMENT AND LOVE.

‘Words are power. They can bring you down, lift you up, make your heart soar, make you fall in love. Or make you hate.’

Paris 1944. Elise Chevalier knows what it is to hate. Her fiance, a young French soldier, was killed by the German army at the Maginot Line. Living amongst the enemy Elise must keep her rage buried deep within.

Brittany 1963. Reaching for the old suitcase under her mother’s bed, eighteen-year-old Josephine Chevalier uncovers a secret that shakes her to the core. Determined to discover the truth, Josephine travels to Paris where she learns the story of a forbidden love as a city fought for its freedom. Of the last stolen hours before the first light of liberation. And of a betrayal so deep that it would irrevocably change the course of a young woman’s life for ever…

A powerful portrait of war and its aftermath, THE LAST HOURS IN PARIS is also a story of tragedy and betrayal, and the triumph of redemption and forgiveness.

Acclaim for the unforgettable international bestseller WHILE PARIS SLEPT:
‘A heartbreaking debut’ JANET SKESLIEN CHARLES, AUTHOR OF THE PARIS LIBRARY
‘What a book… Emotional and heartrending…absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement’ JILL MANSELL
‘I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read’ LESLEY PEARSE
‘A gripping tale of love and sacrifice’ WOMAN & HOME
An amazing story of love, resilience and the human spirit’ TRACY REES
‘You’ll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion… Had me completely and utterly enraptured’ LOUISE CANDLISH
‘Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings’ BEST
‘Made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind’s capacity for both terrible, heartbreaking cruelty and beautiful, selfless love’ NATASHA LESTER

Reviews

Praise for Ruth Druart: 'What a book . . . Emotional and heartrending . . . absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement
Jill Mansell
Historical fiction fans, rejoice! A new voice has entered the arena and she's one to watch. A heartrending story told from the perspectives of two families living very different lives, it is also one of hope amid tragedy. Perfectly paced and plotted, and evocatively written
Woman & Home
You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion. Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story had me completely and utterly enraptured
Louise Candlish
Brace yourself for a brilliant read. This will tug at your heartstrings
Best
While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty. Prepare to be thoroughly engrossed in this compelling book
Natasha Lester
What a book, I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read
Lesley Pearse
A heartbreaking debut. The novel delves into eternal questions: How far will we go to protect our child? Is love holding tightly or letting go?
Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
A powerful and poignant debut from a brilliant and bold new novelist
Imogen Kealey, author of Liberation