Blog tour: The Postmistress of Paris

Welcome to the blog tour for The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton!

More about the book…

The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe.

Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure that transcends her Midwestern roots. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France, Meg Waite Clayton has fashioned a sweeping tale of romance and danger, set in a world aflame with personal and political passion.

More about the author…

Meg Waite Clayton is a New York Times bestselling author of six novels, most recently Beautiful Exiles. Her previous novels include the Langum Prize--honored The Race for Paris; The Language of Light, a finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (now the PEN/Bellwether); and The Wednesday Sisters, one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, and public radio, often on the subject of the particular challenges women face.

My impressions…

Was it a page-turner? I must admit I struggled a little at first. The timeline kept jumping far ahead every few chapters and, even though I realise that there was a purpose for that, at the time it prevented me from engaging fully with the story. After that, however, I became deeply invested in the lives and fates of all the characters.

Did the book meet my expectations? This book exceeded my expectations. Yes, there were tense and suspenseful moments galore but also tenderness, thoughts on art and creativity, and so much more. I loved how the worlds of fiction and non-fiction collided to create a deeply moving novel.

Three words to describe it. Moving. Well-researched. Atmospheric.

Do I like the cover? I absolutely love it! It’s elegant and timeless.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, but I have already eyed them up!

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