LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor
and Heather Webb is an unforgettably romantic novel of the
I have to admit that I was a little unsure about
this novel at first because it is a story that is told only
through letters. It is hard for an author to pull off writing a
story this way and lots of times the plot gets lost. Gaynor and
Webb incredibly manages to pull this off with extraordinary
writing that meshes the plot, characters, and setting all
together creating a remarkable unforgettable read. Together,
they make the characters seem so vivid and realistic. So much
so, that they seem to jump right off the page.
experience a wide range of emotions throughout this novel as
you read each letter. Everything from laughter, tears, anger,
sadness, hope, and love. War always changes things for people,
to relationships, dreams, hopes, and priorities. This novel
takes you on a journey that is full of drama but filled with
LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS starts with best friends Will and
Tom heading off
to fight the Germans. They leave behind Will's sister, Evie.
Soon enough the hope of a homecoming at Christmas lifts
everyone's spirits. Not everything is as it seems and after
five years at war people change. In this brilliantly written
narrative using only letters or telegrams this novel is one
that will stick with you. A novel that will keep you second
guessing until the end but one you will read time and time
again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good
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 believesâ€”as everyone doesâ€”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 differentlyâ€¦
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 conflictâ€”but how?â€”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
fatherâ€™s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie
and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fearsâ€”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
Parisâ€”a cherished packet of letters in handâ€”determined to
lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter
is waiting for himâ€¦