The Paris Daughter
Coming June 6, 2023
"Moving and heartbreaking... a story that brings history to vivid life."
-- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline
"Powerful, deeply emotional, and sure to be on everyone’s ‘must read’ list."
-- New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Elise and Juliette became fast friends the first day they met–both young mothers-to-be, living in 1939 Paris, they were certain nothing could come between them. But neither woman could have predicted the shadow that war would cast across France, or how it would upend their lives. When Elise must flee the Nazis, she entrusts Juliette with the most precious thing in her life–her young daughter, playmate to Juliette’s own little girl. But nowhere is safe in war, not even a quiet little bookshop like La Librairie des Rêves…and when a bomb falls on their neighborhood, Juliette’s world is destroyed along with it. When the war is over at last, Elise returns to reclaim her daughter, only to learn that Juliette survived, along with a little girl—but which little girl? Elise’s desperate search for answers ultimately leads her to New York—and to Juliette—one final, fateful time.
Kristin Harmel’s superpower is the emotional punch she packs into her vast repertoire of beautifully crafted historical fiction. . . . Her exquisite and gut-wrenching novel reveals that even in the darkest times, there are rays of light … that even when you are lost, under the stars fate will guide you home."
-- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Barr
A powerful exploration of the depths of a mother’s love and the impossible choices that must be made during times of war. . . . Part mystery, part family saga, part homage to the artist’s soul, this book has me in tears and kept me riveted until the final page. It was unputdownable.”
-- New York Times bestselling author Jill Santopolo
"Kristin Harmel is a master storyteller! ...Historical fiction at its best!"
--international bestselling author Sadeqa Johnson
“A heart-wrenching wartime story of motherly sacrifice, guilt, and above all, love.”
--international bestselling author Jennifer Rosner
"Brilliantly crafted and heart-shatteringly beautiful, The Paris Daughter is one of the best historical novels I have ever read. With a poet’s pen and a mother’s heart, Kristin Harmel has painted and sculptured a masterpiece depicting the lives of women, children and men who were pulled into the vortex of World War II and whose extraordinary stories remind us how precious it is to be able to hold our family close. This is a timeless book of survival, strength, courage, a forever lasting song calling for peace.”
– international bestselling author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
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