Wednesday, February 8, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Last Letter From Paris


June 1940, Paris. For days she’s seen the flashes in the night sky. She’s heard the drone of planes and the thump of marching boots. Doors shut as the German flag billows over the Eiffel Tower. Leaving Cora just one last chance to get her letter out of Paris…

The Nazi occupation has begun, and soldiers stand guard on every corner. The terrifying threat of war hangs in the air, and whispers of an unimaginable death toll roll across Europe. But 
Cora Mayhew has come to Paris from America to search for her birth mother – a fine silver locket her only clue – and she refuses to give up now.

One winter day, the air thick with fog, Cora is on a train – praying that it will lead her to the mother she never knew. But when the train is struck by bombs, throwing her from her seat as the carriage lurches off the tracks, all she can think about is everything she’s left behind.

Bruised and gasping for air, Cora struggles to her feet, shaking glass from her hair. Surrounded by passengers taking their last breaths and crying out for their loved ones, Cora knows she must find a way to send a heart-wrenching letter she’s been carrying around for weeks and return to her dear adoptive family while she still can.

Staggering from the wreckage, Cora shelters in a nearby ditch. But as the cold sets into her bones and her fighting spirit slips away, a German soldier finds Cora and offers her a chance at escape… With golden-flecked hazel eyes, handsome 
Max Heller is everything a Nazi shouldn’t be: kind, good-humoured and selfless.

With Max's help, Cora uncovers a devastating secret about her birth mother, which makes her even more determined to get home. The key to Cora’s safe journey lies in the letter she’s been trying desperately to get out of Paris. Now she is faced with a choice: place her trust in the hands of the enemy, or go it alone and risk never making it out alive?

A heart-breaking story of love, belonging, and resilience in Nazi-occupied Paris as one woman searches desperately for the truth in the face of grave danger. The perfect wartime read for fans of The Dressmaker’s GiftThe Lost Girls of Paris and The Nightingale.

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Title:   The Last Letter From Paris
Author:  Kate Eastham
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   286
Date of Publication:  February 7, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

Cora Mayhew is not only trapped in Paris in June 1940, but getting a letter to her family in America will be all but impossible with World War II underway. Cora left the safety of her home, and her adoptive parents, with her strong desire to find her birth mother. While she loves the family that has raised her since birth, she has never been able to get over the fact that she needs to find the truth about her mother.

Not only does Cora find herself in danger time and again, she has made enemies along the way. However, she makes a surprising ally in a German soldier named Max Heller. Can Cora trust Max when he offers to help her? 

When Cora gets closer than she could’ve imagined while trying to learn about her mother, she is not only fighting the desire to return home to America, she’s also fighting growing feelings towards Max. If she cannot return home safely then, at the very least, she would like a letter to get to her family so that they will know that she is safe.  

This compelling and memorable book by Kate Eastham combines excellent historical fiction and the horrors of WWII with that of the romance that brews between Cora and Max. Danger is never far behind, especially since they should be sworn enemies. Meanwhile, Cora never lets up in her determination to find out about her birth mother. Not only does Cora experience dangers along the way, when she loses contact with her aunt during the invasion, her resilience shone through. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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A change in circumstance meant Kate Eastham made the shift from a career in nursing to being a carer for her partner. Determined to make the most of this new role ‘working from home’ and inspired by an in-depth study of the origins of nursing, she wrote her first novel at the kitchen table. Miss Nightingale’s Nurses was published by Penguin in 2018, closely followed by three more in the series. With her passion for history, Kate aims to make visible the lives of ordinary yet extraordinary women from the past. Her current historical fiction is set during the World Wars and will be published by Bookouture. 

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