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  1. Paige Paige says:

    Set in 2009 Paris France Caroline suffers memory loss after a bike incident While searching for her past she discovers letters in her apartment written by Celine from 1943 during German occupied France The reader is then taken on a journey to unearth the past of Caroline and now Celine Along the way Caroline becomes romantically involved with a nearby chef and meanwhile we see Celine’s romantic interests slipping away during the Nazi occupation Notably the motif of flowers is kept throughout the story to create an extended metaphorFor the most part the first half of this book was average There were a few moments when it felt like the action was about to begin yet no major occurrences or activities appear until over halfway The story takes a considerable twist at around 80% and the story starts to take off but at that point the book is almost over I found the very last chapter a two year follow up of the characters lives very cliché There is little history incorporated into this story It is not until nearly halfway that any historical aspect other than simply being set in the past starts to trickle into the plot Even still it is used as a prop rather than an emphasis Likewise some ideas and instances that transpire are also romanticized and not completely believable While much history is lacking and the overall story is too easy to follow for my taste I found the mystery behind Caroline’s identity alluring which is what made me keep reading view spoilerThis reminded me too much of Sarah’s Key hide spoiler

  2. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    45 stars I was hesitant to read this book for a number of reasons but I am so glad I did It is a beautifully written book that brought me to tears Everything I worried about was handled wonderfully and it was a rich and realistic story set in occupied Paris in WWII Celine lives with her Papa and her young daughter Cosi and they run a flower shop She is in love with Luc Jeanty whose mother owns the famed Bistro Jeanty Meanwhile in 2009 Caroline is in a severe bike accident When she wakes up she finds she has no memory She doesn't know who or what she was As she returns to her apartment she tries to pierce together her life before the accident and doesn't like much of what she discovers Still she gamely preserves and discovers letters written by Celine to Luc hidden in her apartment and they are heart breaking A German officer comes to the flower shop and takes a fancy to Celine Instead of buying her flowers he beats her Papa and marks the shop with a yellow star which closes the store She becomes a prisoner and hides her daughter in deplorable conditions The story of these two women struggling to survive captivated this reader There are no easy answers and no fairy tale endings in this book Instead it's so real that it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck This was a terrific book that I highly recommend

  3. Krista Krista says:

    Rating 35 stars rounded down to 30 stars“All the Flowers in Paris” by Sarah Jio is an interesting book set in Paris featuring two timelines Its part Historical Fiction and part Romance While the writing was good I felt like I had read versions of at least the 1943 Paris story uite a bit recently Maybe it’s the hot new book trend or perhaps I’m just pulled to books set in Paris Whatever the reason I initially gave this book 35 stars I have had to round it down to 3 stars for the whole point rating system that is being usedThe two alternating stories are set in for the main part in Paris Celine narrates the story set in 1943 and Caroline narrates the 2009 storyline In 1943 Celine her father and her 8 year old daughter Cosi the invading Germans them from running their successful flower shop When a yellow Star of David is found on their storefront their prominent clientele uickly dropped away They then have to try to make do as resources dwindle in Paris and it becomes increasingly dangerous to venture outside In a dramatic scene Celine is dragged into the apartment of a malevolent German officer During her time there she faced with physical and mental abuse The subplot with Cosi reminded me of somewhat of “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay In the 2009 narrative Caroline has had a bicycle accident and wakes up with amnesia Upon return to the apartment that she has rented in Paris she goes through her items to try to reclaim her memory She finds herself in a familiar restaurant for breakfast and is not sure why the waiter and the hostess are so wary of her The bistro owner Victor tries to befriend her He eventually gains her trust and they start to do things together in Paris She also starts taking up painting again If the paintings she found in her apartment were her own works then she is an accomplished artist Slowly slowly flashes of her memory return I liked both stories about eually Usually it seems that in a dual timeline book I am drawn to one story than the other Both stories could function well as standalone books At times I thought Celine and especially her father underestimated the danger they were in However perhaps that is because I know how the German occupation of France really turned out The 1943 timeline was obviously heavier in the Historical Fiction vein and the 2009 story was Romance or Women’s Fiction I liked both timelines I just didn’t love them Hence the solid 35 star rating‘Thank You’ to NetGalley; the publisher Random House Publishing Group Ballantine; and the author Sarah Jio for providing a free e ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  4. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    Three and a half starsCaroline Williams wakes up in a hospital in Paris with no memory of her past or who she is Even her apartment on the Rue Cler when she returns to it holds no clues as to the person she is However while searching for clues to her identity she finds a hidden box of letters written by Celine a young mother during World War 2 Celine’s story give realistic glimpses of what life is like in Paris under Nazi occupation and the atrocities that occurred Will Celine and her true love Luc ever get back together? Or will war take too heavy a toll? Will Caroline ever regain her memory? And what will that mean for her current life?Told in dual timelines the chapters alternate between Caroline and Celine’s stories Of course the reader is thinking that in some way the two stories will connect And they do have in common than expected While I was uite interested in both stories I did uestion certain aspects of Celine’s story Secret room or not could it really be as easy as it appeared to hide a child? I wasn’t convinced But then this same reader wouldn’t have let an eight year old girl go play in a park on her own out of sight especially in war time So I had couple of issues with these aspects Overall though I enjoyed the story and it kept my interest The two main characters Caroline and Celine are easy to associate with even if a little naïve at times One line I really liked was this from Caroline’ I may be a hurt person but I decided that I wasn’t be one who hurts others Not any ’ This is my first book by this author and I would be interested to try another

  5. Jen Jen says:

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres particularly books that focus on the time period during Hitlers reign I believe we should never stop educating ourselves about that time in history Never forget and never let those lives lost be forgotten ⁣⁣All The Flowers In Paris is one of those fabulous books that puts faces to those that suffered during the Nazi occupation and shows not only the struggles they faced during that time but the beautiful displays of humanity from others during that time as well This is a dual timeline story of two strong independent women I loved both storylines and the extraordinary details that brought the setting to life I was completely enraptured in this book and did not want it to end For me All The Flowers In Paris was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars This was the first for me by this author and I immediately put library holds on her other work This was a beautifully written exuisite book It cannot be easy to strike a chord between hope and the horrors of war but sarahjio did it fabulously Thank you randomhouse for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review

  6. Holly Holly says:

    Wow what a ride I just loved All the Flowers in Paris The story and characters will be front and center in my mind and in my heart for some time to come There are two alternating timelines in this book One takes place in Nazi occupied Paris in the early 1940s It centers on Céline who is of Jewish descent and her young daughter Cosi It is a story of survival and the lengths a mother will go to for her daughter The second timeline is the present day Paris and tells the story of Caroline who is in an accident and as a result has amnesia “‘Hello?’ I call out both to anyone who can hear me and I suppose to myself I am deeply and sorely lost I am a strange soul trapped in an even stranger body The only thing I know is that I am alive and that I am in well Paris”“I am currently a person without a story But I feel like a person without a soul”Caroline feels lost though people tell her how much happier and friendlier she is since losing her memory She wants to remember her life yet does not want to return to being sad and miserable“What if my memory comes back and I hate my life or worse hate myself? From all I can tell I was miserable before I don’t want to be that woman”While these two timelines tell two disparate stories Jio eventually and effortlessly joins them together which makes for a very satisfying outcome for the reader These stories touched me on several levels the horrors of the Nazis and their occupation of Pairs a fight for survival coping with loss second chances and a mother’s determination to protect her daughterFor most of the book the present day story seemed somewhat mundane compared to story taking place in the 1940s As such they felt mis matched a life and death thriller juxtaposed with a humdrum romance I found my emotional response varied between disgust and almost indifference depending on which timeline I was reading Ultimately they do fit and in fact join together nicely“To think that all around me—the letters in my apartment Monsieur de Goff—are remnants of such an ugly time in history It makes my amnesia pale in comparison In fact for those who suffered trauma as Monsieur de Goff reportedly had amnesia could even be a gift”I was unable to put this book down It was extremely well written with highly developed characters that will live in your heart “I’ve always loved the city in winter particularly the way the rooftops look as if they’ve been dusted with a heavy layer of confectioner’s sugar turning the formerly anemic balcony gardens of winter into scenes straight out of a fairy tale”“ sweeping a few stray rose petals off the cobblestones in front of the shop I always feel bad for fallen petals as silly as that sounds They’re like little lost ducklings separated from their mama”All the Flowers in Paris was both heartwarming and heartbreaking I cannot recommend it highly enough“the truth is these days we’re all in trouble” He’s right of course We’re all sailing in a ship that’s taking on water Life rafts are sparse”“We will see her again That’s what love does It binds people together with ties that are stronger than time stronger than war and destruction evil or pain”Thank you to Random House Publishing Ballantine Books and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review

  7. Aura Aura says:

    I have read two or three books by Sarah Jio and I have like most of her novels This novel has a dual narrative story set in the present and WWII I listened to the audiobook and it held my interest until the very end I think the amnesia found a diary WWII mystery an old apartment is being done by many authors but Sarah Jio has done it well here I enjoyed the novel specially the lovely setting of Paris 1940's WWII novels ofcourse are going to be a sad but there was a lot of hope and resilience in the characters All the Flowers in Paris is kind of an expected novel but it was really good

  8. Amy Bruno Amy Bruno says:

    Woo Hoo I won this book from Goodreads

  9. Shelby Shelby says:

    It’s 1943 in Nazi occupied Paris France Celine lives with her Papa and her daughter Cosi She runs a flower shop with her father and is in love with a French policeman Luc whose mother owns a famous restaurant—Bistro Jeanty When Luc is sent away from Paris Celine is left to take care of her family alone And things take a turn for the worse when a yellow star is put on their flower shop’s door closing it for good and securing their family’s terrible fate Papa is taken away by the Nazi soldiers due to his Jewish heritage while Celine is taken prisoner by a German soldier who takes special interest in her Somehow she's able to hide Cosi in her room praying that one day they’ll both find safetyMeanwhile over 6 decades later in Paris a woman named Caroline is involved in a terrible accident on her bicycle After several days in a coma Caroline wakes up but has no memory of who she is or where she came from So she goes back to her apartment and tries to put the pieces back together of a life she can’t uite remember When looking around her beautiful apartment Caroline discovers a cigar box full of love letters dated 1943 from a woman named Celine to a man she loved Luc Even though Caroline has no idea who these people are she feels deeply connected to them and wants to uncover what happened to this pair of lovers during WWII All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio is a heartfelt story about family love and survival set in the backdrop of WWII I’m a sucker for WWII fiction especially books told in dual timelinesperspectives and All the Flowers in Paris is no exception We follow along two women’s stories—Caroline and Celine Not often do we encounter people with amnesia in WWII fiction so I found this aspect intriguing and added an element of mystery Although I guessed a couple of the reveals in Caroline’s story I still was heavily invested in her storyline My heart truly went out to Celine and her daughter Cosi—their mother daughter bond touched my heart and I hurt for the pain they endured I was surprised to discover this was less of a love story and a story about mother daughter dynamics I still really enjoyed this book Definitely recommend to lovers of this genre 45 starsThank you to NetGalley Ballantine Books and Sarah Jio for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  10. Constantine Constantine says:

    Rating 4050I think that the most important things in life are thankfulness forgiveness and loveTwo different stories of grief and hardship of two women Both take place in Paris One is set in 1943 and the other one in 2009 Both the stories intersect later Caroline loses her memory because of an accident but she regains it gradually and finds out her true self Celine on the other hand is a widow with a daughter Cosi and works with her father in a flower shop during the German occupation of Paris Pros Great description of Paris the whole environment As a reader I felt as if I lived there in both periods A good author can make this possible with beautiful and descriptive writing of the setting Well developed characters The book has two stories and both stories had characters that one can relate to or at least sympathize with Definitely one of the good perks of this book I enjoyed the writing style of Sarah Jio This is my first time reading a book for her She knows when to elaborate when to stop and when to end a chapter Let us not forget to appreciate that gorgeous coverCons In the first half before the two stories getting connected it was distracting a bit jumping from a story to the other one I was connecting one story and as soon I was ready to dive the other story would start That was only problematic in the beginning All this made sense though from the second half as the connection between the two tales started to get clear Final ThoughtI have read many books in the past with a similar format where there are two stories and then they interwind but I have to say that All the Flowers in Paris ranks among the very good ones Both the stories were interesting to read and very captivating The book will be out on August 13th 2019 I give All the Flowers in Paris a strong 4 stars out of 5Many thanks to NetGalley the publishers for providing me an ARC of this book in return of this honest and unbiased review

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All the Flowers in Paris Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris a mysterious journal and shocking secrets sweeping from World War II to the present for readers of Sarah's KeyWhen Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past she's confused to learn that she's lived a sad reclusive life for years in a sprawling apartment on the Seine Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and young child she vows to piece her life back together though she can't help but feel she may be in danger A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off of her foggy past as does a startling mystery from decades priorIn Nazi occupied Paris young widow Celine lives a uiet life with her father the local florist and her daughter Cosi When a ruthless German officer discovers the family's Jewish ancestry he blackmails Celine forcing her to become his mistress in exchange for the others' safety The trio plans an escape but their mission goes horribly awry and Celine's beloved father and daughter are sent away to a cruel fate Initially distraught Celine fears the worst Yet she soon discovers that Cosi has snuck away and followed her into captivity More motivated than ever Celine must now fight to hide and protect the person she loves mostParallel timelines intersect when Caroline discovers Celine's diary tucked away in a closet and it is revealed that the walls of her apartment harbor dark secrets With the help of a local student from the Sorbonne she realizes that she may have in common with Celine than she could ever imagine

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • All the Flowers in Paris
  • Sarah Jio
  • English
  • 23 June 2015
  • 9781101885055

About the Author: Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of ALWAYS published by Random House Ballantine as well as seven other novels from Penguin Books including THE VIOLETS OF MARCH THE BUNGALOW BLACKBERRY WINTER THE LAST CAMELLIA MORNING GLORY GOODNIGHT JUNE and THE LOOK OF LOVE Sarah is also a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times Glamour O The Oprah Magazine Glamour