A powerful emotional dual narrative novel about the resiliency of the human spirit, the power of a mother's love and the many complex layers of the heart, especially its capacity to forgive. This will appeal to fans of Kathryn Hughes's THE KEY and Lily Graham's THE PARIS SECRET.
One mother's desperate hope for survival. One woman's search for the truth...
1943: In occupied Paris, Celine creates bespoke bouquets at her father's flower shop on rue Cler, whilst trying to shield her young daughter from the brutal reality of war. But when an SS officer takes an interest in Celine and her family, all their lives are put in jeopardy...
2009: Caroline wakes in Paris with no memory of her previous life. Hunting for clues to her identity in her apartment on the rue Cler, she discovers a bundle of letters written by a young widow during the Second World War. As she peels back the layers of the past, Caroline finds new purpose - but Celine's story is unfinished. Desperate to find out the truth, Caroline digs deeper, uncovering dark and dangerous secrets...
Can learning the truth about Celine help Caroline unlock the mystery of her past?
The compelling and evocative new historical novel from the international bestselling author Sarah Jio. Perfect for fans of THE KEY by Kathryn Hughes, THE PARISIANS by Marius Gabriel and THE PARIS SECRET by Lily Graham.
I adore Sarah Jio's novels. They have all the right ingredients to keep me glued to the pages: compelling characters, mystery, family secrets and love, and they are skilfully written. What more could I possibly want? - Santa Montefiore
Fans of emotional, romantic stories set during World War II will enjoy this heartbreaking tale of love and loss. - Booklist
Sarah Jio is the #1 international, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. She is the host of the Mod About You podcast and also a longtime journalist who has contributed to Glamour, The New York Times, Redbook, Real Simple, O: The Oprah Magazine, Bon Appetit, Marie Claire, Self, and many other outlets, including NPR's Morning Edition. Jio's books have been published in more than 25 countries. She lives in Seattle with her three young boys.