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You'll Always Have Paris in These 4 Novels

Longing to travel? These stories will transport you to the City of Light

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Ah, April in Paris... Yes, travel is at a standstill during the coronavirus outbreak, but you can immerse yourself in the City of Light with these four recent or upcoming novels. In the tradition of wonderful historical fiction such as Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale (2015) and The Paris Wife by Paula McClain (2011), the following books together include espionage, famous real-life characters and romance, all set in one of the most beloved and storied places in the world

The Age of Light

Whitney Scharer

The café society of the ‘30s glitters to life as Scharer mixes fact and fiction in her debut novel to tell the story of real-life famed photographer Lee Miller, Man Ray's young model turned muse and then lover, who fought to be a serious artist in her own right. With cameos from Cocteau, Picasso and femme fatale Kiki de Montparnasse, The Age of Light illuminates the gorgeously creative culture of Paris, as well as war-torn battlefields in the later years when Lee — a troubled, complex character — and her career evolve. The 2019 novel is now available in paperback.

book cover of The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

Little, Brown and Company

The Black Swan of Paris

Karen Robards

Robards’ World War II novel gives us an occupied Paris full of cabarets and battlefields, as singer Genevieve Dumon infiltrates the Nazis while spying for the Resistance. But when her mother is captured, members of the Resistance fear she'll spill secrets and want her killed, leaving the horrified Genevieve — and her long-lost sister — to find and rescue her mother before it's too late. The book, an emotional tapestry of divided loyalties and love, will be released on June 30, 2020.

book cover of The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards


The Paris Hours

Alex George

Want a quick 24-hour stopover in 1920s Paris? George's delicious new novel (release date: May 5, 2020) takes place in just one day in 1927, when four diverse characters struggle with love, loss and memory. A refugee tries to drown his memories in his puppet shows; a celebrity journalist is haunted by the unfinished book he's writing about his vanished baby daughter, a debt-ridden man searches for the love of his life, and a woman — Marcel Proust's maid — desperately tries to find the writer's missing notebook before it can reveal her terrible secret.

book cover of The Paris Hours by Alex George

Flatiron Books

All the Ways We Said Goodbye

Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White

A writer could hardly find a more fabulous setting for a love story than the famous Ritz hotel in Paris. It's at the heart of this sweeping saga, full of betrayal and romance, that's centered on three women: Daisy, a glamorous member of the French resistance; Babs, an American widow; and Aurelie, an heiress. They separately end up at the Ritz during three time periods — the two world wars and the 1960s — but their lives turn out to be closely linked. Released earlier this year, it's the third collaboration by the three bestselling historical fiction authors.

book cover of All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Wlliams, Lauren Willig and Karen White

William Morrow

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