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The Paris Maid

By: Ella Carey
Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
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Summary

Paris, 1944. “Traitor!” yells the crowd as they push me down onto a stool. “Nazi collaborator.” Tears blur my vision as the razor grazes my scalp, waves of blonde hair falling to the ground. As men paint a swastika across my face, I hold onto one small glimmer of hope. They have no idea who I am.

Louise Basset works as a housemaid at The Ritz Hotel, home to the most powerful Nazis in France. As she changes silk sheets and scrubs sumptuous marble bathtubs, she listens and watches, reporting all she can to the Resistance. The only secret she never tells is her own.

Everything changes for Louise on the day a young Allied pilot, hunted by the Nazis, is smuggled into the hotel. As he and Louise share a small carafe of red wine hidden among her cleaning bottles, she feels her heart begin to open. But if Louise trusts someone with the truth, what will happen?

Years later, her granddaughter Nicole looks up at the ornate façade of the infamous Paris hotel. She is reeling from her recent discovery: a black-and-white photograph of her grandmother as a young woman, head shaved, branded a traitor. Devastated by her new legacy and about to start a family of her own, Nicole searches for answers.

When a French historian calls Louise by a different name, Nicole realizes there must be more to her grandmother’s story. Was the woman who taught Nicole so much about family and loyalty a resistance fighter, or will her granddaughter have to live with the knowledge that she is descended from a traitor? And will Nicole be able to finally move forward with her life if she can uncover the truth?

An utterly heart-shattering and gripping novel about love, betrayal, and how one courageous young woman paid a terrible price to save those she loved. From top 10 best seller Ella Carey, fans of Fiona Valpy, The Nightingale, and Rhys Bowen will never forget The Paris Maid.

©2023 Ella Carey (P)2023 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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“Ripped my heart right out of my chest and made me cry so much… My heart ached… Incredible.” (The Book Lover’s Boudoir)

“Unforgettable… Truly amazing and I could not put it down. Make sure to put it on your must-read list this year. Emotional and utterly unputdownable.” (Breakfast with Rachel)

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A bit predictable

It was just below average Narration was fine but storyline a bit lacking These dual stories are wearing thin with me Who has the time to extensively research their grandmothers younger years and in such detail It’s a bit far fetched Easy enough but not thrilling

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