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Publisher's Summary

On a platform in occupied Paris, a mother whispers goodbye. 

It is the end. 

But also the beginning. 

Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable. A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily's Early One Morning and M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans.

Paris 1944

A young woman's future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope.

Santa Cruz 1953

Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi Occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door.

On a darkened platform, two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.

Beginning on an ordinary day and ending on an extraordinary one, While Paris Slept is an unforgettable listen. 

©2021 Ruth Druart (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"What a book.... Emotional and heartrending...absolutely phenomenal. I was on tenterhooks throughout. A wonderful achievement." (Jill Mansell)

"Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story had me completely and utterly enraptured. You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion." (Louise Candlish)

"While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty. Prepare to be thoroughly engrossed in this compelling book." (Natasha Lester)

What listeners say about While Paris Slept: A mother faces a heartbreaking choice in this bestselling story of love and courage in World War 2

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Beautiful

Beautifully read by Ruth Druart.
A story which will make you smile and shed a tear as you journey with Sarah, David , John Charlotte and Samuel

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A beautiful story

I really enjoyed this book. It did get a little boring towards the end but wrapped up nicely. The narration of Luke Thompson made the audio experience fantastic. His voice is great to listen to but it’s his French/French accent that really made Jean—Luc Beauchamps come to life.

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Fantastic Read

I loved everything about this book.Couldn’t put it down.The storyline was very moving and I shed tears throughout the read.

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so powerful

this was challenging and real... such a powerful and compassionate book explaining life and love.

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heart wrenching

One of the best books I've listened to, so sad but what a beautiful ending.

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Beautiful book

This story was far more than I expected. It has been written with such feeling & sadness. Highly recommended.

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Loved the narration

Loved the narration and the emotional storyline had me engrossed. One of the best audiobooks of 2021

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emotional read

Emotional read.there were points in the book that made me feel very emotional. I'd recommend it

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Heartbreaking,

This was a truly beautiful story heartbreaking at the same time. Full of love, emotions. with such saddness. . The narrators we excellent as well. IT is abook well.worth a listen. if I could of given higher rating I would of. Found it hard to put down.

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A beautiful story

I could not stop listening and literally 'read' it in one day. The plot is superb and the characters well-drawn and lifelike. The narrator is excellent.
I have pre-ordered the next book.

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  • 10-04-2021

A great story

A great story posing a really interesting dilemma. Well written and beautifully narrated. I’ve already recommended it to several friends.

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  • 14-03-2021

Absolutely beautiful story

I really loved this audio it was narrated brilliantly l loved the characters and felt totally invested in all of them Amazing storyline so different from other war novels Felt compassion for the couple who essentially saved the baby the treatment was atrocious considering they truly believed the couple had been murdered but times where different Brilliant story

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  • Helen SJ
  • 21-11-2021

A profoundly moving tale.

I say tale but, as we know, there is nothing mythic about what the Jews went through throughout the duration of WWII.
This book will hopefully touch people's souls.

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  • 18-08-2021

forgive

A good story , sad , unfair and happy as well. Could be a true story it is so moving , cried at the end.

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  • karen sinclair
  • 18-07-2021

Predictable

Although I enjoyed this book somewhat I found it predictable. I liked the ending (though it was again to be expected). Worth half a credit!

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  • 09-05-2021

An Amazing Book

I had to review this book because it exceeded all my expectations. Not just the powerful story which in itself was gripping in every sense of the word bit because of the exceptional quality of the narration. Several different narrators gave life to the characters and enhanced the story by the sheer sheer quality of their delivery. I would have missed so much if I had just opted to read this myself. As a debut novel, I cannot wait to see what Ruth Druart comes up with next.

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  • nina rowson
  • 09-04-2021

lovely moving story

l loved this book. a very moving story.
You feel for each character. the depth of a mothers love.

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