Wednesday, July 20, 2022



Paris 1944, Paris is occupied by German soldiers.  As the streets of Paris begin to empty of people.  The people of Paris are tired, hungry and feel as if there is no hope.  The war has taken its toll on so many and continues to rage on across Europe.  Marianne owns a restaurant in Paris and it is a popular place for the enemy German Soldiers to eat.  She hides her feelings as she serves the officers their dinner.  Marianne closes the restaurant, never to open again.  Many years later in 1987, Marianne’s granddaughter Sabine finds out that she has inherited a restaurant in Paris.  Marianne left Sabine the restaurant she once loved.  In the blink of an eye she finds herself standing at the front door of the once thriving restaurant.  Sabine knows that the locals don’t want her there and to this day, they still blame Marianne for such a horrible tragedy.  Sabine desires to re-open the restaurant and serve people the wonderful food from recipes from long ago.  

Oh my goodness I almost don’t know where to begin with this phenomenal story.  I absolutely love time slip novels, especially when they are written as good as this one.  The characters of this story were so heart-warming and charming.  This fascinating story of mystery, intrigue, courage, sacrifice, strength and love was utterly emotional on every level possible.  I was so unbelievably captivated and inspired by this story.  This book was completely unputdownable and is definitely not just a must read but needs to be re-read.  I loved this book and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Lily Graham for such a wonderfully written time-slip, historical fiction.  This story was so well written and I was completely captivated from page one through to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I definitely recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of
Author:  Lily Graham
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 18, 2022
Pages: 332 
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Paris 1944. To save her people, she served the enemy.

In enemy-occupied Paris, as the locals go to bed starving and defeated by the war, music and laughter spills through the door of a little restaurant, crowded with German soldiers. The owner Marianne moves on weary feet between its packed tables, carrying plates of steaming, wholesome food for the enemy officers. Her smile is bright and sparkling, her welcome cordial. Nobody would guess the hatred she hides in her heart.

That night, the restaurant closes its doors for the final time. In the morning, the windows are scratched with the words ‘traitor and murderer’. And Marianne has disappeared without a trace…

Years later, Marianne’s granddaughter 
 stands under the faded green awning, a heavy brass key in her hand, staring at the restaurant left to her by the grandmother she never met. Sabine has so many questions about herself. Perhaps here she can find answers, but she knows she isn’t welcome. Marianne was hated by the locals and when Sabine discovers they blamed her for the terrible tragedy that haunts the pretty restaurant, she is ready to abandon her dark legacy.

But when she finds a passport in a hidden compartment in the water-stained walls, with a picture of a woman who looks like her grandmother but has a different name, she knows there must be more to Marianne’s story. As she digs into the past, she starts to wonder: was her grandmother a heroine, not a traitor? What happened to her after the tragic night when she fled from her restaurant? And will the answer change her own life forever?


Lily Graham is the author of the bestselling, The Child of Auschwitz, The Paris Secret and The Island Villa, among others. Her books have been translated into numerous languages, including French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Turkish.

She grew up in South Africa, and was a journalist for a decade before giving it up to write fiction full time. Her first three novels were lighter, women's fiction, but when she wrote The Island Villa, a story about a secret Jewish community living on the tiny island of Formentera during the Spanish Inquisition, she switched to historical fiction and hasn't quite looked back since.

She lives now in the Suffolk coast with her husband and English bulldog, Fudge.

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