#Blogtour #Review: Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb @WmMorrowBooks @HazelGaynor @msheatherwebb @hfvbt
Release date - 3rd October 2017
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - William Morrow Books
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ABOUT THE BOOK
New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.
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?
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…
Have you ever read a story that just spoke to your soul and made you feel every emotion possible? Well, LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb is that book for me this year. Beautiful, evocative, and a masterpiece of writing, this is so much more than a good story and should belong on everyone's bookshelves.
It is Christmas time in 1968 and a frail old man is determined to have one last Christmas in Paris before his time ends. Armed with a special collection of letters that span from the beginning of World War One to the end of it, this man's story unfolds before our eyes as we get to watch love, hardship, grief, and friendship, shine through the darkness of that time. Each letter gives us an insight into the different characters of Evie, Thomas, Will, and Alice and it was very emotional to recognise that the terrifying and harrowing conditions that existed back then were sadly not fiction but all-too-real. But throughout all of their ups and downs, there is always a beacon of hope glowing away among their words and the possibility that love and laughter will be theirs once again.
LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb made me smile, make me weep, and made me thankful for all those men and women who sacrificed their lives. I could not put this book down and my face was a puffy mess by the time that I was finished, but it was so worth it, as this novel is so special.
LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS highlights the strength and love of the human spirit and I know it is a book that I will re-read for many years to come.
HEATHER WEBB is the author of historical novels Becoming Josephine and Rodin’s Lover, and the anthology Fall of Poppies, which have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, France Magazine, and more, as well as received national starred reviews. RODIN’S LOVER was a Goodreads Top Pick in 2015. Up and coming, Last Christmas in Paris, an epistolary love story set during WWI will release October 3, 2017, and The Phantom’s Apprentice, a re-imagining of the Gothic classic Phantom of the Opera from Christine Daae’s point of view releases February 6, 2018. To date, her novels have sold in ten countries. Heather is also a professional freelance editor, foodie, and travel fiend.
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. The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris will be published in 2017.
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.
For more information:
Website - www.hazelgaynor.com
Twitter - twitter.com/HazelGaynor
Facebook - www.facebook.com/hazelgaynorbooks/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/hazelgaynor/
*I want to thank Amy from hfvirtualbooktours.com, and the authors Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb, for the opportunity to review this beautiful book and take part in this blog tour.
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