I’m starting this review with a very bold statement, but I stand over it with all my heart. Last Christmas in Paris is my book of the year for 2017. I don’t care that it’s only the beginning of November, I doubt any book I’ve yet to read this year will mean as much to me.Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on October 3rd 2017
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…
5 reasons I loved Last Christmas in Paris
The entire book is letters. Love letters, angry letters, duty letters. Letters that cover every human emotion and I treasured them all. On top of the precious letters that stirred my soul, I learned about the language of stamps. Where and how you placed the stamp had a hidden message, who knew? Not me.
War is depicted in all it’s awfulness. We all know the atrocities that happened. But knowing them, and then reading letters about actual life in the trenches. Well it hammers the message home.
The role of women in WWI really stirred my heart. Evie knew the value of letting Tom spill his heart to her in his letters. She didn’t want to know about the realities of war, but she knew he needed to share them and she was strong enough to help shoulder his pain. Evie played an active role in the war in many ways, and she shows how women really stood up and participated in this war.
The love story. Seriously it’s the love story to end all love stories. It crushed my heart at times, but sent it soaring also. I loved watching their friendship grow to love via their letters, and I have never believed in the love affair of a fictional couple more than theirs.
Feels, feels, feels. All the feels. Gut wrenching feels, tear jerking feels, heart-warming feels, excited butterfly in the stomach feels, hopeful feels, falling madly insanely in love feels. This book has them in abundance and I shook with emotion while reading it.
The bottom line: It’s fab, you need it in your life. Trust me and go read Last Christmas in Paris! You can thank me later and if you need a shoulder to cry on, I’m here for you.
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Who should read Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb?
If you only buy 1 book that I recommend this year, then you should make it Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb. Especially recommended to fans of historical fiction, epistolary novels, world war 1 settings and epic love stories. I think if you’ve enjoyed Hazel Gaynor’s previous books that you’ll also love this one. Fans of Carmel Harrington, JoJo Moyes and Kristin Hannah should also enjoy.