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  • The Last Restaurant in Paris

  • By: Lily Graham
  • Narrated by: Polly Edsell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

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 Sabine 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?

A haunting and compelling story of love, strength, and sacrifice in Nazi-occupied Paris as one brave young woman risks everything to save the lives of those around her. Fans of The Nightingale, The Paris Library, and The Alice Network will lose their hearts to The Last Restaurant in Paris. 

©2022 Lily Graham (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Touching & Real

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of listening to The Last Restaurant in Paris, it’s beautifully narrated and feels very real.

The story of love, friendship, compassion and resistance in a darker time of occupation in Paris.

Compares well to other historical fiction novels of the same era, I had trouble pausing as I wanted to hear more and more.

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What a great read

I really enjoyed this story It was a completely new angle on events during WW2 The characters where good and storyline engaging I liked the narration It was slightly exaggerated but charming nonetheless Overall a really good story

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  • k.vano
  • 31-07-22

Such an amazing story

WWII novels always take me on an emotional roller coaster. This story was no different. Loved the characters, the narrator, and the ending.

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  • Marissa Marecle
  • 20-09-22

Loved it

I really enjoyed this book. I thought that the way that the author told this story was very interesting and was an excellent break from the usual dual storylines slowly merging together framework that seems to be the norm for this genre. I really enjoyed the characters and the narrator also did a great job. I read a lot of this genre and would recommend this book.

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  • Bob L.
  • 14-09-22

A good story, not great.

A very slow start to a relatively simple story. Not so much about historical fiction. The war didn’t play much of a point until the end. I was disappointed.