Meg Waite Clayton ~ The Postmistress of Paris
Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. 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.
Photographer Edouard Moss has escaped Germany with his young daughter only to be interned in a French labour camp. His life collides with Nanée’s in this sweeping tale of romance and danger set in a world aflame with personal and political passion
Although there are a lot of similar books around at the moment, this one stands out because it has a well-crafted plot that provides a unique take on the resistance story.
Inspired by the life of Mary Jayne Gold, Clayton has used artistic licence in the narrative, but this is a work of fiction and should be read as such.
The author uses language well to tell the story of Naneé. Despite her heiress status she does not come across as spoiled; in fact she is down to earth and vulnerable. Her devotion to her dog and friends is lovely to see, as well as her pluck and courage as she fights for what she believes to be right.
Other characters are well-rounded and relatable, with each having a good measure of depth and backstory to be compelling. There is also a romantic element, which has a slow burn that adds to – rather than detracts from – the main story.
Including the artists and creatives is also a nice touch, as it makes the story seem credible. It is a little slow at times and parts of the plot do seem a little too coincidental, but this does not affect the flow and provides a gentle poetry that contrasts well with the horrors of war.
At times poignant, dark and shocking, this book manages to combine humour, fact and history into what is a one of the best of its kind.
I received a copy of the book from Random Things Tours. Opinions my own.