An Unforgettable Read: Take a Sneak Peek at While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart

An Unforgettable Read: Take a Sneak Peek at While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart

Jean-Luc lifts the razor to his cheek, glancing at his reflection in the bathroom mirror. For a split second, he doesn’t recognise himself. Pausing, razor held in mid-air, he stares into his eyes, wondering what it is. There’s something  American about him now. It’s there in his healthy tan, his white teeth, and something else he can’t quite identify. Is it the confident way he holds his chin? Or his smile? Anyway,  it pleases him. American is good.

With a towel wrapped around his waist, he wanders back into the bedroom. A black shape outside catches his eye. Through the window, he sees a Chrysler crawling up the street, coming to a halt behind the oak tree out front.  Strange. Who would be calling at seven o’clock in the morning? He stares at the car, distracted, then the buttery smell of warm crêpes wafting up the stairs calls him to breakfast. Entering the kitchen, he kisses Charlotte on the cheek,

then ruffles his son’s hair in way of greeting. Glancing through the window, he sees the car is still there. He watches as a lanky man extracts himself from the driving seat, craning his neck, peering around – like a pelican, he thinks to himself. A stocky man emerges on the other side.  They walk towards the house.

The doorbell cuts through the morning like a knife.  Charlotte looks up.

‘I’ll go.’ Jean-Luc’s already on his way out. He slips the chain from the lock and opens the door…

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      Publisher details

      While Paris Slept
      Author
      Ruth Druart
      Publisher
      Hachette
      Genre
      Historical Fiction
      Released
      23 February, 2021

      Synopsis

      Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable. A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily's Early One Morning and M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans. Santa Cruz 1953. Jean-Luc thought he had left it all behind. The scar on his face a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. Paris 1944. A young woman's future is torn away in a heartbeat. Herded on to a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope. On a darkened platform two destinies become entangled. Their choice will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.
      Ruth Druart
      About the author

      Ruth Druart

      Ruth Druart grew up on the Isle of Wight, moving away at the age of eighteen to study psychology at Leicester University. She has lived in Paris since 1993, where she has followed a career in teaching. She has recently taken a sabbatical so that she can follow her dream of writing full-time.

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