I don't know about you, but since visiting Paris I have had a mini-obsession with everything French. Here are some books that took me out of reality and back to France!
Perfume, Paris, Elegance. What else?
Amy Dempsey describes it best: "Bouncing back and forth between London, Paris, New York, and Monte Carlo during the 1920s and mid-1950s, this story will draw you in and deeply engage your senses. You’ll feel as if you are the one sipping citron pressé in Parisian sidewalk cafes, bumping heads with starlets from Hollywood’s early Golden Age, and being mystified by the art of perfume making and the power of a woman’s signature scent."
Less Paris, more perfume! (but also love and tragedy)
Goodreads.com says "When French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across many countries. Traveling through London and Paris into occupied Poland, Danielle searches desperately for her the remains of her family, relying on the strength and support of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a young captain. Finally, she is forced to gather the fragments of her impoverished family and flee to America. There she vows to begin life anew, in 1940s Los Angeles.
There, through determination and talent, she rises high from meager jobs in her quest for success as a perfumer and fashion designer to Hollywood elite. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, Scent of Triumph by commanding newcomer Jan Moran is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience."
I haven't finished this one yet, but so far it's captivating. If you are looking for tragedy in the French country side, and little bit about the beautiful days in France before World War II, this is for you!
Publishersweekly.com says "The bestselling author hits her stride in this page-turning tale about two sisters, one in the French countryside, the other in Paris, who show remarkable courage in the German occupation during WWII. Through Viann we learn how life was disrupted when husbands and fathers were forced to enlist while the Germans took over their towns and villages, billeting themselves in people’s homes, gorging on food, and forcing the starved locals to wait in endless lines for rations. Viann’s younger sister, Isabelle, always rebellious, joins the resistance in Paris, finds love with another resistance fighter, and risks her life guiding downed British and American paratroopers over the Pyrenees and out of France. Viann does her part too, saving 19 Jewish children by hiding them in a convent. Despite having a German officer in her own home, she also takes in a Jewish baby—her best friend’s son—when his mother is sent to a concentration camp. The author ably depicts war’s horrors through the eyes of these two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter their differences."