Oh friends, this book!!! I am a really big proponent of reading for the seasons. So naturally at Christmastime I look forward to reading a book that makes me want to curl up in front of a fireplace with a big cup of coffee, or glass of wine. This book is just that. I think if you enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie, you will LOVE this one.
Last Christmas in Paris is a gorgeous fictional story based during World War I. It tells it’s story through letters that the two main characters, Thomas and Evie, have been writing to each other throughout the war. When Thomas is drafted along with Evie’s brother, she decides to keep up with them through correspondence in letters. In the beginning everyone believes that WWI will be over before Christmas. Fast forward 4 years, and it is finally done… these letters are what have held the two characters together and also their growing love for each other. Decades later, Thomas finds himself in Paris at Christmastime to fulfill one last promise, and begins reading the letters.
Everyone is knitting comforts for the troops these days. Socks, hats, gloves. The entire nation seems to move to the click clack of knitting needles.
Because this story is told from letters, the reader sees both sides of the War. You see the story in which most of us are familiar with on the front with the troops, but you also see how the women are coping back home and working hard as well. The other really great thing about the letters is that it’s easy to pick up and put down and not feel as if it takes you a long time to get into the story again.
Lastly, you learn a ton about WWI, which I personally feel there isn’t as much literature out there on this War. At the back of this book there are a bunch of facts, as well as within the novel itself. The authors also talk a lot about shell shock, and the post traumatic stress that these men and women suffered from.
Anywho, that’s all for this one… I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it!