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From The Bestselling Author Of The Beekeeper S Promise Comes A Gripping Story Of Three Young Women Faced With Impossible Choices How Will History And Their Families Judge Them Paris, 1940 With The City Occupied By The Nazis, Three Young Seamstresses Go About Their Normal Lives As Best They Can But All Three Are Hiding Secrets War Scarred Mireille Is Fighting With The Resistance Claire Has Been Seduced By A German Officer And Vivienne S Involvement Is Something She Can T Reveal To Either Of Them.Two Generations Later, Claire S English Granddaughter Harriet Arrives In Paris, Rootless And Adrift, Desperate To Find A Connection With Her Past Living And Working In The Same Building On The Rue Cardinale, She Learns The Truth About Her Grandmother And Herself And Unravels A Family History That Is Darker And Painful Than She Ever Imagined.In Wartime, The Three Seamstresses Face Impossible Choices When Their Secret Activities Put Them In Grave Danger Brought Together By Loyalty, Threatened By Betrayal, Can They Survive History S Darkest Era Without Being Torn Apart The extraordinary resilience of ordinary people.This is probably the best book I have read in years It is a story of love and strength that spans three generations By showing us the lives of three friends in war torn France, in part through the lives of modern friends, you can picture what it was and what it is, both for the place and the people It deals openly and honestly with deep trauma and loss It shows how there is great risk and reward in loving fiercely It helped me understand that grief is a process, and there is great promise in facing an uncertain future with those you love beside you I recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with a traumatic loss, who enjoys a book that makes history real, who just wants to find hope in what seems like a hopeless situation This author respects the people in her story and is a wonderful storyteller 3.5 starsThis novel follows other modern historical fiction trends the modern day character, Harriet, finds an old photograph in box that shows her grandmother as a young lady with two other girls, and Harriet then makes it her goal to uncover the past of her familial history concerning her grandmother, Claire.The first chapter was very clich Harriet moves to Paris obtaining a job in the same building that her grandmother, Claire, worked in And, she settles in the same apartment that her grandmother lived in And, Harriet s roommate in that apartment happens to be the granddaughter of one of the girls in the picture who also lived in that same apartment Very convenient beginning.But the story does get better and becomes entertaining.The synopsis provided is accurate, for the most part The three seamstresses in 1940, Claire Harriet s grandmother , Mireille, and Vivienne, live together in a small apartment and slowly develop a trusted friendship Their involvement with the resistance is mostly limited to courier, depending on the character, though they do assistant in helping people out of German occupied France to safety With none of them being Jewish, the Jew s oppression is merely a backdrop in the story and is only mentioned occasionally It does provide some insight into Flossenburg camp, not as a Jew but as a traitor.I did not enjoy Harriet s chapters as much They seemed like fillers and at times the story could be followed easily without having read some of Harriet s chapters However, her chapters are not long, so it is bearable In Harriet s chapters she mostly recounts the previous chapter of what was revealed to her about her grandmother She also struggles to cope with the loss of her mother to suicide, and frequently Harriet questions if she has inherited trauma genes.Overall, I liked the story and found it to be a light, quick, average read that at times intensified It focused on the girl s relationship development and their work as a seamstress in Nazi occupied Paris until approximately 45% on a Kindle The plot then heightens again at 61 % on a Kindle It does have interesting tidbits of historical information lightly sprinkled here and there.There are an abundance of fashion references and scenes Highly recommend if you love Paris fashion. It did not include any vulgar language, sex scenes, or explicit violence. Fantastic with one small noteFantastic book It was gripping and suspenseful, painful and emotional, uplifting and allegorical for the times My one note is that the story of the three seamstresses is set up to be revealed to Harriet through some letters I don t want to say any spoilers so I ll just say that it seems unlikely that the person writing the letters would have such in depth knowledge of events that took place without him her I loved the idea behind the letters but it was hard to believe in points Perhaps a diary or some other artifacts from elsewhere could have helped bolster the believability. A hauntingly beautiful story This book was completely immersive and really transports you back through time It s rare I read wartime stories that actually depict everything how it actually was rather than romanticizing everything Very down to earth book with relatable characters.