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October 18, 2017

Review: Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb #TLCBookTours and #LastChristmasInParis

by Susan Roberts

In August, 1914, England was at war and many men joined up to fight the Germans in a war that they believed would be over by Christmas.  Left behind in England were the families of the soldiers who were proud of their men for going off to war.  Four years later, the war still raged on and instead of joy and hope, the families in England and the soldiers themselves were full of despair and depression.  Last Christmas in Paris provides an up close look at the families and the soldiers during this 'war to end all wars'.

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Last Christmas in Paris
October 2017; William Morrow; 978-0062562685
ebook, audio, print (400 pages); historical fiction
Last Christmas in Paris, written by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, is told almost entirely by letters.  Most of the letters are between Evie and Thomas, her brother's best friend, but there are also letters between Evie and her brother Will, Evie and her best friend Alice and a few others.

As the novel begins, Evie, Alice, Will and Thomas have plans to spend Christmas in Paris after the war is over but as the years and the war drags on those plans get left behind. The happy young people at the beginning are soon worn out with the constant bad news from the front and they realize that this war will take a toll on them both physically and mentally.

Thomas longs to get home due to issues with his father's business and Evie yearns for a way that she can do more to help the war effort than by knitting gloves. As the letters between Evie and Thomas continue, they grow closer to each other and begin to fall in love.

Will their love be able to overcome all that is going on in their worlds?

Last Christmas in Paris is a fantastic book. By using letters, the reader could learn more about the personalities of the letter writers, their feeling with what was going on and their hope for their futures. I loved getting to know these characters and learning more about WWI.  Be prepared, there will be tears so have Kleenex close to you.

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About the Authors

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HAZEL GAYNOR is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel The Girl from the Savoy was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year.
Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of ‘Ten Big Breakout Authors’ for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland.
Find out more about Hazel at her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

HEATHER WEBB writes historical fiction for Penguin, including her novels Becoming Josephine and Rodin’s Lover.

As a former military brat, Heather naturally grew up obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before channeling these passions into fiction. When not writing, she flexes her foodie skills or looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.
Heather is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

Find out more about Heather at her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Also available at HarperCollins and Barnes & Noble

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with  her on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.

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  1. I love getting to know characters through their letters - the epistolary format is one of my very favorites!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.