Saturday, April 8, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Paris Maid



Paris, 1944. “Traitor!” yells the crowd as they push me down onto a stool. “Nazi collaborator.” Tears blur my vision as the razor grazes my scalp, waves of blonde hair falling to the ground. As men paint a swastika across my face, I hold onto one small glimmer of hope. They have no idea who I am.

Louise Basset works as a housemaid at The Ritz Hotel, home to the most powerful Nazis in France. As she changes silk sheets and scrubs sumptuous marble bathtubs, she listens and watches, reporting all she can to the Resistance. The only secret she never tells is her own.

Everything changes for Louise on the day a young Allied pilot, hunted by the Nazis, is smuggled into the hotel. As he and Louise share a small carafe of red wine hidden amongst her cleaning bottles, she feels her heart begin to open. 
But if Louise trusts someone with the truth, what will happen?

Years later, her granddaughter 
Nicole looks up at the ornate façade of the infamous Paris hotel. She is reeling from her recent discovery: a black-and-white photograph of her grandmother as a young woman, head shaved, branded a traitor. Devastated by her new legacy and about to start a family of her own, Nicole searches for answers.

When a French historian calls Louise by a different name, Nicole realizes there must be more to her grandmother’s story. Was the woman who taught Nicole so much about family and loyalty a resistance fighter, or will her granddaughter have to live with the knowledge that she is descended from a traitor? 
And will Nicole be able to finally move forward with her life if she can uncover the truth?

An utterly heart-shattering and gripping novel about love, betrayal and how one courageous young woman paid a terrible price to save those she loved. From top-ten bestseller Ella Carey, fans of Fiona Valpy, The Nightingale and Rhys Bowen will never forget The Paris Maid.



The Paris Maid
Author:  Ella Carey
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   334
Date of Publication:   April 6, 2023
My Rating:  5 Stars 
Louise Basset not only works hard at a Paris hotel, she also works hard for the Resistance. Going in out of the guests’ room works to her advantage. Louise does a good job at keeping her double life a secret, but when she meets a young Allied pilot named Kit Harrington, she finds herself tempted to reveal the truth. 

As The Paris Maid is a dual-timeline story, readers are also introduced to Louise’s granddaughter Nicole decades later. Having found an old photograph of her grandmother with a shorn head, labeled as a traitor, leads Nicole to look for answers about the reason behind that photograph. 

Nicole struggles to get the answers she seeks, all while the story shifts back and forth to allow readers to see what actually happened to Louise during those dark days of World War II. 

Ella Carey has written yet another impactful story, one that was impossible to pull away from. This book, like her previous ones, lends credence to her amazing research, and excellent writing talent, as she brings her characters to life by showing their courage, even amidst heartbreak. 

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


Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen languages, in twelve countries, and have been shortlisted for ARRA awards. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne with her two children and two Italian greyhounds who are constantly mistaken for whippets. 

Ella loves to connect with her readers regularly through her facebook page and on her website. 

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