The Paris Library By Janet Skeslien Charles

Four Stars

Available in June 2020

          This book provided a different aspect to what went on in Paris before and during World War II. I had no idea that there was an American Library in Paris so it was a learning experience for me. Although it is a historical novel, the author brings the characters to life. If primarily follows the life of Odile with her getting a job at the library, her love life in Paris, what she did during the occupation by Nazis, and her life in the United States in the 1980s.

          The author develops her characters well. To say this was a character-driven story might detract from the intrigue the author develops throughout the story. She shows that despite the horrors of war, many survived to have full and meaningful lives. For fans of World War II historical novels, this one should be on your list.