Tuesday, January 04, 2022



It’s 1918 and Vianne Mercier is a seamstress in Paris France.  She sews military uniforms for the soldiers fighting in the war.  The end of the war is in sight and Vianne is ready for it to be over.  She wants to stop sewing the military uniforms and desires to sew the beautiful dresses that she has been dreaming of.  The German bombs are dropping at a rapid pace over the city of Paris and Vianne witnesses the church burst into flames.  She knows her mother and sister are trapped inside.  They are both killed in the horrible air raid.  The end of the war once again seems so far away.  Vianne’s brother returns home from the war, and he is a very different person.  He forces Vianne to give up her dream of being a dress designer or he will kick her out of their home, forcing her to be homeless and broke.  She realizes she has nothing left in Paris except the heartbreak of losing her family, so she decides to sail across the ocean for New York.  She pursues her dream of sewing dresses for the wealthy women of New York City.  She soon meets the handsome and Italian Giorgio Conti.  He encourages her to fulfill her dreams and she finds herself feeling at home in America. But then she receives word from Paris and the same people that kicked her out of her home, are now asking her to return to Paris and help them.  

This phenomenal story will touch your heart in so many ways, and you will find yourself feeling like you are on the journey with Vianne.  The detailed descriptions of Paris and the sights and sounds of the city, will make you think you are standing in the middle of the city.  You will find yourself cheering for Vianne, hoping she will do what makes her happy.  This series is an amazing escape that you are sure to cherish long after you finish reading the book.  This heart pounding story is one to be cherished for a long, long time.  I absolutely loved this amazing story.  

Thank you Ella Carey for such an amazing addition to the Daughters of New York series.  This is one series I didn’t want to end, because I felt such a connection with all of the characters in each story.  I absolutely loved this story, and I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of 5.
Author:  Ella Carey 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 4, 2022 
Pages: 388 
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Vianne rushes through the crowded streets of Paris as the German bombs begin to fall. As she rounds the corner she sees the familiar spires of the old church burst into flames. Too late, she realizes that her mother and sister are trapped inside…

Paris, 1918. The end of war is in sight, and young seamstress Vianne Mercier is longing for the day when she can stop sewing military uniforms and start creating the beautiful dresses that she has been dreaming up in her head.

But just when it seems like peace is within reach, Vianne’s mother and sister are killed in a terrible air raid. To make matters worse, Vianne’s brother has returned home a changed man. Controlling and cruel, he presents Vianne with an ultimatum; give up her dreams of becoming a designer, or be forced onto the streets, penniless and alone.

With nothing left for her in Paris but sad memories, she decides to sail for New York. Determined not to look back, she throws herself into her new life—spending her days sewing dresses for wealthy Upper East Side women, and her evenings dancing the Charleston to Duke Ellington in the new downtown clubs. When Vianne meets handsome Italian Giorgio Conti, he encourages her career, and she feels safe for the first time since she lost her family.

Then news of a terrible accident compels Vianne to suddenly return to France, where she discovers proof of a wartime secret that changes everything she thought she knew about her family. Facing the threat of sickness and ruin, the people who forced Vianne out of her home now suddenly need her help.

Will Vianne find the courage to follow her heart, return to New York and her life with Giorgio? Or will duty bind her to the family she had left behind and force her to remain in France? 


Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen languages, in twelve countries, and have been shortlisted for ARRA awards. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne with her two children and two Italian greyhounds who are constantly mistaken for whippets. Ella loves to connect with her readers regularly through her facebook page and on her website.

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