Tuesday, October 03, 2023



Paris, 1942 the Nazis take over the streets of Paris, and there is chaos everywhere.  Clarissa is a fashion photographer from America, living in Paris and knows the dangers in the city.  She wants to help as many people as she possibly can.  When she meets resistance fighter Louis, he introduces her to an underground network.  They risk their lives everyday to end the occupation.  Clarissa begins taking photos to gather evidence of the horrible crimes that are being committed.  She takes pictures of the Jewish people including the children that are being captured and transported to horrible places.  When Clarisse snaps a picture and captures the face of a terrified little girl, she knows she has to save the girl no matter what the risk. 

The Secret Photograph written by author Siobhan Curham was a heartbreaking and gripping historical fiction.  Curham does an amazing job of incorporating facts into her fictional stories, and that makes them even more heartbreaking.  The unthinkable is true.  This story had me in tears many times.  This timeslip novel is one that I will not forget anytime soon.  I enjoyed it from cover to cover and I could not stop reading from the moment I started.  This unputdownable story is an absolute must read for historical fiction fans.  Keep the Kleenex box nearby because you will surely need it.  I wish I could give ten stars to this phenomenal story.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend it.



Author:  Siobhan Curham
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 3, 2023 
Pages: 388 
Buy on Amazon 

Nazi-occupied Paris, 1942. Clarisse clutches her camera as hundreds of police swarm the streets. Through her lens she spots a terrified brown-eyed little girl being carried screaming into a truck, her yellow star hanging crooked from her threadbare coat. Clarisse rushes forward to help, but the truck pulls away…

With a fake name written on the papers in her pocket, American photographer 
Clarisse Alarie knows the dangers of Paris better than most. Haunted by the sight of children being dragged away and carrying a photograph of the brown-eyed little girl everywhere she goes, Clarisse is desperate to make a difference. Meeting handsome resistance fighter Louis is her chance…

Louis introduces Clarisse to 
CafĂ© Capoulade and his underground network of brave men and women fighting tirelessly to end the occupation. Soon, Clarisse is risking her life every day. Taking photographs of the terror that has overcome the beautiful city, Clarisse follows members of the Gestapo and hides in plain sight in order to gather evidence of their terrible crimes.

But Clarisse soon learns of the over-crowded cattle cars leaving Paris carrying even the smallest children, bound for an unspeakably terrible place… 
Is she already too late to rescue the little girl with the brown eyes? And when Louis himself is arrested, will Clarisse risk everything the network has worked so hard for to save them both?


Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, ghost writer, editor and writing coach. She has also written for many newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, Breathe magazine, Cosmopolitan, Writers’ Forum, DatingAdvice.com, and Spirit & Destiny. Siobhan has been a guest on various radio and TV shows, including Woman’s Hour, BBC News, GMTV and BBC Breakfast. And she has spoken at businesses, schools, universities and literary festivals around the world, including the BBC, Hay Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Bath Festival, Ilkley Festival, London Book Fair and Sharjah Reading Festival.

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