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The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
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The Postmistress of Paris

by Meg Waite Clayton

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Beautiful and wealthy, this heiress could choose any path. Her choice: to help smuggle artists out of Vichy France.

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    400+ pages

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    Real-life characters

Why I love it

Pam Jenoff
Author, The Woman with the Blue Star

Novels set during the Second World War are near and dear to my heart as an author, historian, and former diplomat. And I have always been particularly fascinated by the story of Mary Jayne Gold, the American heiress who helped Varian Fry rescue artists from France in the early days of World War II. Here, in The Postmistress of Paris, Meg Waite Clayton has vividly brought that history to life through her character Naneé, whose heroic exploits amaze and inspire.

This book stands out for its meticulous research, beautiful prose, and captivating story. Meg navigates the terrain between history and fiction with an expert touch. Readers will breathlessly turn the pages and think about the story long after they have finished the book. It is a tale suffused with acts of courage, romantic passions, and many surprises. Fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale should race for this wondrous story of female bravery and strength against overwhelming odds.

This was a book that left me spellbound and I’m so excited that you—lucky Book of the Month readers—will now have a chance to share in its delights too.

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Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

Photographer Edouard Moss has escaped Germany with his young daughter only to be interned in a French labor camp. His life collides with Nanée’s in this sweeping tale of romance and danger set in a world aflame with personal and political passion.

Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France, The Postmistress of Paris is the haunting story of an indomitable woman whose strength, bravery, and love is a beacon of hope in a time of terror.

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  • Mount Pleasant, SC

    Loved this story that was similar to “The Flight Portfolio” about Varian Frye’s attempt to get artists and writers out of Occupied France during World WarII. I read this on Kindle app. Great book!

  • Ankeny, IA

    Hauntingly beautiful throughout; inspiring but bittersweet. The book mainly focuses on 1940 - still the beginnings of war. I loved how much historical detail and accuracy the author put into writing

  • Alexandria, VA

    Inspired by a real life person, I was drawn into the story of the Postmistress of Paris along with the many layers of what was going on in Europe during WWII. Admiring the good amid the terror.

  • League City, TX

    I really thought this book was interesting. I love historical fiction and this book really hit the mark for me with interesting history and great characters.

  • Countryside, IL

    Engaging, somewhat different view of an American helping to fight the Nazi’s with both daring and wealth.

  • Port Murray, NJ

    Great story! Just wish the end was tied up a bit more nicely

  • Springfield , OH

    Beautiful depiction of the era and wonderfully written!

  • Asbury Park, NJ

    Wonderful storyline with memorable characters

  • Union, MO

    I LOVE this book. Could not put it down.

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