Just a quick note to let you know that my dear friend (and Friends & Fiction co-host) Kristin Harmel’s The Paris Daughter is out today! The first book from the New York Times bestselling Kristin (the author of The Book of Lost Names) in nearly two years, The Paris Daughter is a gripping historical novel about two mothers who must make unthinkable choices in the face of the Nazi occupation—and whose paths cross once again a decade and a half after the war’s end, an ocean away.
Paris, 1939: Young mothers Elise and Juliette become fast friends the day they meet in the beautiful Bois de Boulogne. Though there is a shadow of war creeping across Europe, neither woman suspects that their lives are about to irrevocably change.
When Elise becomes a target of the German occupation, she entrusts Juliette with the most precious thing in her life—her young daughter, playmate to Juliette’s own little girl. But nowhere is safe in war, not even a quiet little bookshop like Juliette’s Librairie des Rêves, and, when a bomb falls on their neighborhood, Juliette’s world is destroyed along with it.
More than a year later, with the war finally ending, Elise returns to reunite with her daughter, only to find her friend’s bookstore reduced to rubble—and Juliette nowhere to be found. What happened to her daughter in those last, terrible moments? Juliette has seemingly vanished without a trace, taking all the answers with her. Elise’s desperate search leads her to New York—and to Juliette—one final, fateful time.
The Paris Daughter is a sweeping celebration of resilience, motherhood, and love. New York Times bestselling author Janet Skeslien Charles (The Paris Library) calls it "(a) heartrending, uplifting novel . . . a poignant portrait of how we assign guilt even in the most blameless of circumstances, and a powerful reminder of the importance of moving on from the past before we become trapped there." New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline says that it’s "moving and heartbreaking... a story that brings history to vivid life," and New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn calls it "a gorgeous, gut-wrenching read!" Kristin is on tour this week and next, so go see her if you can if she’s coming to your area; her full schedule is here. Otherwise, you should be able to find her book wherever you like to shop, including Target, Costco, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org, Amazon, Apple Books, and of course, your local independent bookstore! Find out more here.