Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

Last Christmas in Paris A Novel of World War I New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War August England is at war As Evie Elliott watches her broth

  • Title: Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I
  • Author: HeatherWebb Hazel Gaynor
  • ISBN: 9780062562685
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.August 1914 England is at war As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes as everyone does that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holNew York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.August 1914 England is at war As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes as everyone does that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.But as history tells us, it all happened so differently Evie and Thomas experience a very different war Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict but how and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father s newspaper business Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears and grow ever fonder from afar Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene Christmas 1968 With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris a cherished packet of letters in hand determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past But one final letter is waiting for him

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    1. I slept on my star rating, and I am still feeling the love today. 💗 Sometimes I need to sleep on it to see how long a story stays with me. Evie and Tom’s story is still with me. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 5 romantic Paris stars to Last Christmas in Paris, my 2017 birthday read! 🎈🎂 🎁 🍰 🎉 I saved this gem of a book for the holidays, and as they got closer, I knew that I would be starting a new book on my birthday. I wanted a special read for that occasion, and this most [...]

    2. Evie Elliott watches her brother Will and his best friend, Thomas, leave for Europe to serve in World War I. The three of them are very close and have never been separated. Evie is naive and believes that everyone will be together for a Christmas reunion in Paris. The three of them stay in contact via letters, and these communications become the fabric and timeline for the story. Evie is frustrated with her life as a young woman and is also unsettled with the lack of “real” news reported by [...]

    3. Got a chance to read an ARC of this one for a cover quote! My review and quote: This joint collaboration between authors Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor is a gripping epistolary novel in the tradition of Letters from Skye and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Beginning with heartbreaking gaiety at the start of the First World War, "Last Christmas In Paris" follows a progression of letters between a spirited female journalist, a bookish new-minted soldier, and the various bright yo [...]

    4. It’s not easy to tell a story simply by using an epistolary format. It has been successfully done before (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society) immediately springs to mind but I’m delighted to say that these two authors have pulled this off magnificently, Last Christmas in Paris is a gorgeous read and I loved it.With the occasional interruption into a change of timeline set in 1968, Last Christmas in Paris is told entirely through letters (and telegrams) during the years of 1914 [...]

    5. *4.5 ⭐️Very good! I don’t know why I love stories that take place during WW1 & WW11, they just end up making me sad. Anyway, I loved the epistolary format but at times I felt it was a bit too long. Loved the story though.

    6. War changes everything--individuals, relationships, priorities, dreams--so it's not surprising that stories set in wartime are so popular and, in this case, so engrossing. In Last Christmas in Paris, best friends Will and Tom head off to fight the Germans, leaving behind Will's sister, Evie, and, soon enough, the hope of a Christmas homecoming. By the end of the war five years later, these young, spirited characters and their circle of loved ones have experienced the full spectrum of human trage [...]

    7. 4.5 stars When this one came up for review, I almost passed on it. I am not entirely sure why….ybe because it was up for review in September and I wasn’t ready to start thinking about anything Christmas related until at least November.Or maybe it was because it was a collaboratively written novel, or that the title wasn’t grabbing me. I don’t know, for some reason I almost passed but I am terribly glad that I didn’t pass on this one!Let me just say, I loved this novel. It’s a novel w [...]

    8. "How wonderful to celebrate Christmas with you, even a quiet one . . . I'll remember it always . . the way the firelight lit your face . . . If only I could bottle you up and take you with me when I return to the Front."If I were to say: "Oh My Heavenly stars, I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I wish I had the money to BUY ALL MY FRIENDS A COPY!" Such splendidly seamless, atmospheric writing; endearing, enthralling, and deeply effecting. And characters that are so richly drawn I felt as if they wer [...]

    9. This review was originally posted on Between My LinesI'm starting this review with a very bold statement, but I stand over it with all my heart.  Last Christmas in Paris is my book of the year for 2017.  I don't care that it's only the beginning of November, I doubt any book I've yet to read this year will mean as much to me. 5 reasons I loved Last Christmas in Paris  The entire book is letters.  Love letters, angry letters, duty letters.  Letters that cover every human emotion and I treas [...]

    10. Last Christmas in Paris is a dual timeline story told predominantly through letters and telegrams. The majority of the letters are written between Evie Elliott and her brother Will’s best friend Thomas Harding. The authors do an incredible job describing the horrors of war both on the battlefield and at home while also detailing the relationship developing between Evie and Tom. The story unfolds at the right pace, and I was constantly turning pages to see what was going to happen next. My favo [...]

    11. Favorite Quotes:Marrying Charlie would be rather like marrying a broken carriage clock. How the hours would drag.I feel like an unworn dress, hanging limply in the closet, without purpose or shape or form.I’ve already lost an innocence I didn’t know I possessed.Do you remember Lloyd George’s rousing speech “The war to end all wars”? They said it would be over by Christmas. They didn’t say which one though, did they?You’re a star, Evie. About the only light I see in these endless ni [...]

    12. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I caught wind of Last Christmas in Paris in March 2017 when the cover started circling social media. I’d read and enjoyed both Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor, but it was the subject matter that caught my attention. I’m a junkie when it comes to war era literature and couldn’t wait to get a copy of my own.The story itself is relayed through the correspondence of the novel’s cast and while I know the format doesn’t appeal to everyone, I [...]

    13. The year is 1968 when an elderly Englishman who is nearing the end of his life, decides to make one final trip to Paris at Christmastime. He brings with him a large packet of letters. His days are spent peacefully as he reads the letters and reminisces about the course his life has taken. Set against the backdrop of World War I, this beautifully written novel is told through letters exchanged between a young Englishwoman and her brother and her close friends. It is a historical novel but more th [...]

    14. I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGalsLast Christmas in Paris is a beautifully written, superbly narrated epistolary novel which centres around the correspondence exchanged between three friends during the years of the First World War. I suspect the degree to which any listener will enjoy the story will depend on whether one enjoys novels that consist entirely of letters; personally, I’m a big fan of that literary device, so that, added to the fact that I have a [...]

    15. Paris is always a good idea. Especially at Christmas. - Evie ElliottIn this wonderfully written novel, I traveled back in time to 1914. England, Evie Elliott waives goodbye to her brother, Will Elliott, and their childhood friend, Thomas Archibald Harding, who have joined English army and now heading to France. As soon as the famous duo leaves Elliott's estate, Evie runs to her brother's desk and starts a very first letter and in our case a very first chapter of this wonderful book. First letter [...]

    16. Surprisingly good! A beautiful love story told through a series of letters. Recommended for fans of Downton Abbey. 4.5 stars

    17. 4.5/5Last Christmas in Paris begins in 1968 with Thomas Harding traveling back to Paris for his last Christmas (no spoiler there, see title) with a bundle of letters, a nurse, and failing health. He settles in at his Paris apartment to reminisce over those letters, and the other part of the story is then told: beginning in 1914 when Thomas goes to fight in World War I and continues thru the end of the war in 1918. The 1968-POV elicits emotion because it is clear that Thomas is near the end and t [...]

    18. A beautiful book about the trials and relationships during WWl. I loved that the authors used letters to tell this lovely story. Highly recommend!!!

    19. MY REVIEW OF "LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS' by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb WOW! Can you imagine reading a book about "The Great War" World War 1, and not only absorb the devastation, emotional and physical distress of both the men and women involved, and yet feel the love, friendship, faith and hope?  Authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have teamed up to write "Last Christmas in Paris". The Genres of this book are Historical Fiction and Women's Fiction. with a dash of Romance. The timeline of [...]

    20. I loved Last Christmas in Paris! I loved the letter format and felt like I was reading letters from my loved ones.

    21. I bawled my eyes out at the end! Like full out ugly crying. What a great read! There was a romance story in here and I didn't mind it which is VERY RARE for me.

    22. 4.5 stars ****I loved this book. It was the perfection combination of historical fiction and romance. I'm glad the authors decided to write this in letter format, because they allowed the character's personalities to really shine. Evie, the female MC was spunky, and I liked her from her very first letter. I also loved the character, Alice. I felt as if Alice and I would be best friends because we are pretty much the same person. As I was reading Last Christmas in Paris, I couldn't help but draw [...]

    23. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO SO SO SO SO MUCH! And for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, it is NOT actually a Christmas book ~ feel free to read it anytime in the year, you’ll love it just as much. LOVE IT.

    24. Letters between friends and loved ones create this wonderful book set during WWI. I’m usually more apt to read WWII books but the fact that it was told through letters, and that two authors worked on this book had me intrigued! I’m glad this was my first book of the year, read mostly during one snowy afternoon/early evening. I tend to skip notes at the end but don’t with this book! The authors share how they wrote this book together and it was quite interesting, as well as some other facts [...]

    25. This book is still sitting with me a month after I read it. I have to admit, I was skeptical of a book told only in letters; it's extraordinarily hard to pull off the thread of a plot with such a device. But Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb are an incredible force when paired together and the characters in this novel lept off the page in full, vivid color, wrapping themselves deep in my heart. I found myself rooting for the characters, teary-eyed when things didn't go like I had hoped, and full of [...]

    26. If you have had an ache of longing since you finished reading THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY, or since the conclusion of DOWNTON ABBEY, this novel is just the tonicST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS: A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR I, is an epistolary novel. Told in letters, telegrams, and newspaper dispatches, the marvelous, tragic, romantic, and fascinating story of Evie and Tom is one for the ages. Readers will not be able to turn the pages fast enough to find out the fates of their beloved characters [...]

    27. Fantastic audiobook. I haven't got the time to write a proper review, so I would direct you toCaz's five-star review.

    28. OK - The Last Christmas in Paris, is what's called an "epistolary" novel, written entirely through letters from a number of characters in the story, the setting - World War One. Primarily the letters are between Lieutenant Thomas Harding and Evelyn "Evie" Elliot, woman war correspondent, at a time when women didn't do such things, and it caused an uproar for the Harding's family owned Newspaper, the London Daily Times. The novel is about their unfolding love story through letters throughout the [...]

    29. Since reading and loving The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a number of years ago, I've kept my eyes peeled for other epistolary novels, especially those that highlight some interesting part of history. I find that viewing a story through letters allows for more intimacy with the characters and provides a rawness and honesty that is harder to find in a strict narrative. Last Christmas in Paris is one such novel, allowing the reader an inside glimpse into what it was like living th [...]

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