Book Review: The Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim

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The Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim is a novel which takes place in Europe (mostly) in the weeks leading to World War II. This is Ms. Zackheim’s fourth book, she is also a visual artist.

The pulisher is giving away one copy of this book –to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

  • 320 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609451791

Book Review The Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim

My rating for The Last Train to Paris3

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Thoughts:
The Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim was one of those novels I didn’t think I’d care for until the last quarter of the book. I originally wanted to read this book because of  my interest in World War II, however I found this book to be different than the ones I usually read.

The book paints a vivid picture of pre-war Paris and the characters were likeable and interesting. In the author’s note, Ms. Zackheim said that she started out researching the murder of a relative and became more interested in the other characters, so she chose to write a historical novel instead of a non-fiction book.

I thought that the protagonist was way too naïve to face the challenges the author offered her in the book, living, working and dealing in a chauvinistic society, lost love, Jewish identity and the Nazis.
But maybe that’s why she endured?

I also thought that some of the dialogue could have been written better, not that the book is bad but at some points it seemed the characters weren’t talking as themselves.

Overall this was an enjoyable book and a fast read. The last 30 pages or so made the journey worthwhile and interesting, tiding up the story’s loose ends and giving me a few things to think about.

Synopsis:
Rose Manon is an American journalist, born in Nevada, living in New York trying hard to deal with the attitudes of the 1930s. Rose has been posted to Paris with a looming global war on everyone’s radar.

During her time Rose will deal with a lover, a country which doesn’t know what each day will bring, anti-Semitism, and her hidden identity of a Jew. Before she leaves Europe, Rose will have to make some difficult decisions which will follow her throughout her life.

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Give­away

  • Give­away ends: January 16, 2014

  • US/Canada Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

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Dis­claimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours.
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