by Mary Saums
It's hard to imagine anyone, in today's world, who would want to escape from Paris. Surely it's the #1 escape 'to' dream city. At least in the top five. There are so many reasons to stay there, like outdoor cafes ...
... fine wines, pastry shops and bistros...
... men arguing with broad gesticulations and curses like arias, architecture so divine it'd make an atheist drop to his knees and cross himself, right there in the middle of the street.
But during World War II, when German tanks rolled in to expand Hitler's Depraved New World, Paris was a dark place.
Families were torn apart, friends murdered, strangers beaten and shot for no reason. A time of cruelty.
And, in spite of all these horrors, also a time when everyday people became heroes.
ESCAPE FROM PARIS by Carolyn Hart is a stand-alone novel about such heroes.
From the cover:
"The year is 1940. As England braces for German invasion and the Nazis devour Europe, two American sisters in Paris risk their own lives to save downed airmen from the Gestapo."
This book has an interesting history of its own. Carolyn wrote it almost 30 years ago. Her publishers decided they wanted a shorter version. They asked her to cut the book from 93,000 words to 55,000 words, and she obliged for the 1982 edition.
Now, ESCAPE FROM PARIS is a brand new release again! Only this time, it is the unabridged book, just as Carolyn intended it to be when she first wrote it.
This tradepaper edition comes from Oconee Spirit Press, a new small press from publishers Deborah Adams (a former Femme Fatale!) and book maven Justine Honeyman. It's available from your favorite bookstore and online at B&N and Amazon.
I just got my copy. Can't wait to read it! I love books and movies set around WWI and WWII. A couple of favorites - the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear and the Inspector Rutledge series by Charles Todd. Movies - can anything beat Casablanca from the #1 spot? Doubt it. One that I think about a lot is The Train with Burt Lancaster.
What are your favorites?