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Summary

On a platform in occupied Paris, a mother whispers goodbye. 

It is the end. 

But also the beginning. 

Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable. A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily's Early One Morning and M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans.

Paris 1944

A young woman's future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope.

Santa Cruz 1953

Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi Occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door.

On a darkened platform, two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.

Beginning on an ordinary day and ending on an extraordinary one, While Paris Slept is an unforgettable listen. 

©2021 Ruth Druart (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"What a book.... Emotional and heartrending...absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement." (Jill Mansell)

"Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story had me completely and utterly enraptured. You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion." (Louise Candlish)

"While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty. Prepare to be thoroughly engrossed in this compelling book." (Natasha Lester)

What listeners say about While Paris Slept: In Occupied Paris a mother faces a heartwrenching choice. An epic, bestselling WW2 story.

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Absolutely beautiful story

I really loved this audio it was narrated brilliantly l loved the characters and felt totally invested in all of them Amazing storyline so different from other war novels Felt compassion for the couple who essentially saved the baby the treatment was atrocious considering they truly believed the couple had been murdered but times where different Brilliant story

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Predictable

Although I enjoyed this book somewhat I found it predictable. I liked the ending (though it was again to be expected). Worth half a credit!

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An Amazing Book

I had to review this book because it exceeded all my expectations. Not just the powerful story which in itself was gripping in every sense of the word bit because of the exceptional quality of the narration. Several different narrators gave life to the characters and enhanced the story by the sheer sheer quality of their delivery. I would have missed so much if I had just opted to read this myself. As a debut novel, I cannot wait to see what Ruth Druart comes up with next.

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lovely moving story

l loved this book. a very moving story.
You feel for each character. the depth of a mothers love.

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A great story

A great story posing a really interesting dilemma. Well written and beautifully narrated. I’ve already recommended it to several friends.