All the Flowers in Paris

All the Flowers in Paris

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition
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“Sarah Jio weaves past and present in this eminently readable novel about love, gratitude, and forgiveness. I tore through the pages!”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline

Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious stack of love letters, and shocking secrets sweeping from World War II to the present—for readers of Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale.


When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and a young child, she vows to piece her life back together—though she can’t help but feel she may be in danger. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior.

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is trying to build a new life for her daughter while working in her father’s flower shop and hoping to find love again. Then a ruthless German officer discovers her Jewish ancestry and Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. When her worst fears come true, she must fight back in order to save the person she loves most: her daughter.

When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets—and that she may have more in common with Céline than she could have ever imagined.

All the Flowers in Paris is an emotionally captivating novel rooted in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the steadfastness of a mother’s love, and the many complex layers of the heart—especially its capacity to forgive.

“Heart-stopping . . . Fans of emotional, romantic stories set during World War II will enjoy this heartbreaking tale of love and loss.”—Booklist

Baker & Taylor
A tale told from alternating viewpoints follows the experiences of a Parisian woman who awakens with no memory of her past before discovering a mysterious cache of letters written by a young woman of Jewish ancestry during the Nazi occupation.

Baker
& Taylor

A tale told from alternating viewpoints follows the experiences of a Parisian woman who awakens with no memory of her past before discovering a mysterious cache of letters by a young woman of Jewish ancestry during the Nazi occupation.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101885055
Branch Call Number: FICTION JIO
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm

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AnneCarolineDrake
Sep 19, 2019

Seattle author Sarah Jio has imagined what might have happened if by some miracle Anne Frank had survived. Caroline, an American living in Paris, is hit by a truck in 2009 and has amnesia. Her apartment was occupied by a Nazi officer during WWII.

The widow Celine has a bit of Jewish blood. She and her father run a flower shop in Paris where the Nazi officer encounters her and falls in immediate lust.

Caroline is far more interested in learning the story behind letters from WWII she finds hidden in her apartment than she is in ferreting out her own identity and history. Several people in her orbit know her story, but they leave it up to her to surface her memories. It makes for an interesting plot, but it also distracts from the story's credibility.

I'd love to read a sequel about Cosi.

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brendaivy1
Sep 04, 2019

couldn't put this book down, it was awsome

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