Letters Across the Pond

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb is a new novel and the last of my holiday reading. The title however, is deceptive. This is a love story about a group of friends and family and their experiences during World War One. The story opens with Thomas, an older man about to leave his home in England for Paris, where he plans to spend Christmas. He carries with him bundles of letters written many years prior when he served in World War One. One of the letters has yet to be opened.

Weaving back and forth between the present and past, the story provides an accurate portrayal of what the war to end all wars was like in the trenches and on the home front. Told through the letters written during those years between Tom, Evie, her brother, and a few others, it is an impressive tale.

I liked this novel immensely. It vaguely reminded me of A Farewell to Arms. It brought home the reality of war without being horrifically graphic. I am grateful to have discovered it!

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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