Book Review: Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

Description:

New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…

Characters

Tom Harding, Will Elliot, Evelyn Elliot, Alice Cutherby

My Thoughts:

Five stars for Last Christmas in Paris!

As the war begins, Tom Harding and his friend Will Elliot are called to the front and exchange letters with Will’s sister Evelyn.

First, I love the idea of most of this book consisting of letters. I first had some reservations on whether I would be able to get all perspectives and ideas of what would happen, but I read on, I found that it was all there. Letters of fear, courage, war, disdain, hope, and torment. Dripping from the pages in letters that kept soldiers alive.

Friendships develop in the form of letter, information is exchanged, columns are written, battles are had, deaths put strain on people, and still they endure because they have to.

I felt the emotional turmoil, the fear, the anger, the confusion, the hope, and the love. You can’t help but get invested in the characters and feel what you feel.

High praise for including such talent within the pages. A twisting of history, war, friendship, and love is sure to leave you with a story that you will carry with you. A lovely read that leaves my soul touched and deeply moved. And needless to say, I cried like a baby while I read certain passages of this book.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

  1. Oh wow! I was looking for covers I liked and wanted my book to look like and this one was one of them. Good to know it’s actually a great book as well. 🙂

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