It isn’t often you read or listen to a book, intending for entertainment that you close the pages feeling like you’ve had your eyes opened to something new and life-changing. With eyes affixed to the page, we are able to see behind the veil of history to a deeper, darker, and grayer display of the occurrence rather than idealistic wishes. It was very clear to me that Kristi Cambron spent time researching this topic and poured all the passion that ignited from her research into this book. Berrie Kreinik beautifully narrated the story, making one’s heart cry over the injustice. The combination of stellar writing and heartfelt narration will forever seal this book into my memory.
There were two quotes from the book that jumped out at me.
“ the page torn from the Paquet Bible had reminded her to wait — for years — that God would hear the desperate cries of his people. That he would prove faithful. And that though the day tarried, they must always clean to Faith, it would surely come.” I feel like this quote ties all of the hearts of the faithful throughout not only World War II but every struggle we face.
In the last line from the author’s note—
“ We have a call to remember history as it was, to uncover the truth, to spotlight the savage consequences of sin, and to educate future generations so that those brutal mistakes might never be repeated.
For the lives lost, the lives lived, and the lives yet to come… May we never forget.”
I completely agree. Thank you, Kristi Cambron and Berrie Kreinik, for bringing this story to life.
About the Book
A Paris Dressmaker
Author: Kristy Cambron
Narrated: Berrie Kreinik
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance/ Historical Fiction/World War 2
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Based on true accounts of how Parisiennes resisted the Nazi occupation in World War II—from fashion houses to the city streets—comes a story of two courageous women who risked everything to fight an evil they could not abide.
Paris, 1939. Maison Chanel has closed, thrusting haute couture dressmaker Lila de Laurent out of the world of high fashion as Nazi soldiers invade the streets and the City of Light slips into darkness. Lila’s life is now a series of rations, brutal restrictions, and carefully controlled propaganda while Paris is cut off from the rest of the world. Yet in hidden corners of the city, the faithful pledge to resist. Lila is drawn to La Resistance and is soon using her skills as a dressmaker to infiltrate the Nazi elite. She takes their measurements and designs masterpieces, all while collecting secrets in the glamorous Hotel Ritz—the heart of the Nazis’ Parisian headquarters. But when dashing René Touliard suddenly reenters her world, Lila finds her heart tangled between determination to help save his Jewish family and to bolster the fight for liberation.
Paris, 1943. Sandrine Paquet’s job is to catalog the priceless works of art bound for the Führer’s Berlin, masterpieces stolen from prominent Jewish families. But behind closed doors, she secretly forages for information from the underground resistance. Beneath her compliant facade lies a woman bent on uncovering the fate of her missing husband . . . but at what cost? As Hitler’s regime crumbles, Sandrine is drawn in deeper when she uncrates an exquisite blush Chanel gown concealing a cryptic message that may reveal the fate of a dressmaker who vanished from within the fashion elite.
Told across the span of the Nazi occupation, The Paris Dressmaker highlights the brave women who used everything in their power to resist darkness and restore light to their world.