Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor

Last Christmas in Paris

New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.But as history tells us, it all ...


Details Last Christmas in Paris

TitleLast Christmas in Paris
ISBN9780062562692
Author
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction, Romance, War
Rating

Reviews Last Christmas in Paris

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2017-07-07
    I slept on my star rating, and I am still feeling the love today. 💗 Sometimes I need to sleep on it to see how long a story stays with me. Evie and Tom’s story is still with me. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5 romantic Paris stars to Last Christmas in Paris, my 2017 birthday read! 🎈🎂 🎁 🍰 🎉 I saved this gem of a book for the holidays, and as they got closer, I knew that I would be starting a new book on my birthday. I wanted a special re...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    2017-10-07
    Evie Elliott watches her brother Will and his best friend, Thomas, leave for Europe to serve in World War I. The three of them are very close and have never been separated. Evie is naive and believes that everyone will be together for a Christmas reunion in Paris. The three of them stay in contact via letters, and these communications become the fabric and timeline for the story. Evie is frustrated with her life as a young woman and is also unset...
  • Kate Quinn
    2017-03-22
    Got a chance to read an ARC of this one for a cover quote! My review and quote: This joint collaboration between authors Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor is a gripping epistolary novel in the tradition of Letters from Skye and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Beginning with heartbreaking gaiety at the start of the First World War, "Last Christmas In Paris" follows a progression of letters between a spirited female journalist, a boo...
  • Karen
    2017-11-03
    It’s not easy to tell a story simply by using an epistolary format. It has been successfully done before (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society) immediately springs to mind but I’m delighted to say that these two authors have pulled this off magnificently, Last Christmas in Paris is a gorgeous read and I loved it.With the occasional interruption into a change of timeline set in 1968, Last Christmas in Paris is told entirely throug...
  • Trish at Between My Lines
    2017-11-05
    This review was originally posted on Between My LinesI'm starting this review with a very bold statement, but I stand over it with all my heart.  Last Christmas in Paris is my book of the year for 2017.  I don't care that it's only the beginning of November, I doubt any book I've yet to read this year will mean as much to me. 5 reasons I loved Last Christmas in Paris  The entire book is letters.  Love letters, angry letters, duty letters.  ...
  • Holly
    2018-01-22
    *4.5 ⭐Very good! I don’t know why I love stories that take place during WW1 & WW11, they just end up making me sad. Anyway, I loved the epistolary format but at times I felt it was a bit too long. Loved the story though. *4.5 ⭐️Very good! I don’t know why I love stories that take place during WW1 & WW11, they just end up making me sad. Anyway, I loved the epistolary format but at times I felt it was a bit too long. Loved the story tho...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2017-11-24
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comI have read a handful of epistolary novels over the years and it was a pure joy to read Last Christmas In Paris, an exceptionally well executed novel that employs this structure. The authors of Last Christmas In Paris, renowned historical fiction writers Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, are now the best of friends, after they collaborated to compose this unforgettable tale of love, in the face of the Great War....
  • The Lit Bitch
    2017-09-26
    4.5 stars When this one came up for review, I almost passed on it. I am not entirely sure why…..maybe because it was up for review in September and I wasn’t ready to start thinking about anything Christmas related until at least November.Or maybe it was because it was a collaboratively written novel, or that the title wasn’t grabbing me. I don’t know, for some reason I almost passed but I am terribly glad that I didn’t pass on this one!...
  • Pamela
    2017-12-16
    "How wonderful to celebrate Christmas with you, even a quiet one . . . I'll remember it always . . the way the firelight lit your face . . . If only I could bottle you up and take you with me when I return to the Front."If I were to say: "Oh My Heavenly stars, I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I wish I had the money to BUY ALL MY FRIENDS A COPY!" Such splendidly seamless, atmospheric writing; endearing, enthralling, and deeply effecting. And charact...
  • Sonja Yoerg
    2017-06-21
    War changes everything--individuals, relationships, priorities, dreams--so it's not surprising that stories set in wartime are so popular and, in this case, so engrossing. In Last Christmas in Paris, best friends Will and Tom head off to fight the Germans, leaving behind Will's sister, Evie, and, soon enough, the hope of a Christmas homecoming. By the end of the war five years later, these young, spirited characters and their circle of loved ones...
  • Cindy Burnett
    2017-10-01
    Last Christmas in Paris is a dual timeline story told predominantly through letters and telegrams. The majority of the letters are written between Evie Elliott and her brother Will’s best friend Thomas Harding. The authors do an incredible job describing the horrors of war both on the battlefield and at home while also detailing the relationship developing between Evie and Tom. The story unfolds at the right pace, and I was constantly turning p...
  • DJ Sakata
    2017-10-20
    Favorite Quotes:Marrying Charlie would be rather like marrying a broken carriage clock. How the hours would drag.I feel like an unworn dress, hanging limply in the closet, without purpose or shape or form.I’ve already lost an innocence I didn’t know I possessed.Do you remember Lloyd George’s rousing speech “The war to end all wars”? They said it would be over by Christmas. They didn’t say which one though, did they?You’re a star, Ev...
  • Erin
    2017-05-26
    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...I caught wind of Last Christmas in Paris in March 2017 when the cover started circling social media. I’d read and enjoyed both Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor, but it was the subject matter that caught my attention. I’m a junkie when it comes to war era literature and couldn’t wait to get a copy of my own.The story itself is relayed through the correspondence of the novel...
  • Cheryl
    2017-11-04
    The year is 1968 when an elderly Englishman who is nearing the end of his life, decides to make one final trip to Paris at Christmastime. He brings with him a large packet of letters. His days are spent peacefully as he reads the letters and reminisces about the course his life has taken. Set against the backdrop of World War I, this beautifully written novel is told through letters exchanged between a young Englishwoman and her brother and her c...
  • Caz
    2017-11-05
    I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGalsLast Christmas in Paris is a beautifully written, superbly narrated epistolary novel which centres around the correspondence exchanged between three friends during the years of the First World War. I suspect the degree to which any listener will enjoy the story will depend on whether one enjoys novels that consist entirely of letters; personally, I’m a big fan of that literary...
  • Alina
    2017-11-28
    Paris is always a good idea. Especially at Christmas. - Evie ElliottIn this wonderfully written novel, I traveled back in time to 1914. England, Evie Elliott waives goodbye to her brother, Will Elliott, and their childhood friend, Thomas Archibald Harding, who have joined English army and now heading to France. As soon as the famous duo leaves Elliott's estate, Evie runs to her brother's desk and starts a very first letter and in our case a very ...
  • Jennifer
    2017-12-25
    Surprisingly good! A beautiful love story told through a series of letters. Recommended for fans of Downton Abbey. 4.5 stars
  • Asheley
    2017-10-03
    4.5/5Last Christmas in Paris begins in 1968 with Thomas Harding traveling back to Paris for his last Christmas (no spoiler there, see title) with a bundle of letters, a nurse, and failing health. He settles in at his Paris apartment to reminisce over those letters, and the other part of the story is then told: beginning in 1914 when Thomas goes to fight in World War I and continues thru the end of the war in 1918. The 1968-POV elicits emotion bec...
  • Jenny
    2017-12-10
    A beautiful book about the trials and relationships during WWl. I loved that the authors used letters to tell this lovely story. Highly recommend!!!
  • Tammy
    2017-11-12
    I loved Last Christmas in Paris! I loved the letter format and felt like I was reading letters from my loved ones.
  • Linda Zagon
    2017-10-01
    MY REVIEW OF "LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS' by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb WOW! Can you imagine reading a book about "The Great War" World War 1, and not only absorb the devastation, emotional and physical distress of both the men and women involved, and yet feel the love, friendship, faith and hope?  Authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have teamed up to write "Last Christmas in Paris". The Genres of this book are Historical Fiction and Women's...
  • Donna
    2018-08-08
    This is an epistolary novel set during WWI. I'm not a complete fan of that format, but it completely worked in this book. When it started, I thought, "OH NO!" It didn't take long before I fell into sync with it. I liked the characters. I thought the authors worked well together in creating them. I also liked the era. It seemed a little modern at times, but I liked that.Now I'll say that this was sweet, predictable, and it was even a romance...all...
  • Brandie
    2017-12-19
    Started out just ok but ended up loving it.
  • April (Getting Hygge With It)
    2017-12-07
    I bawled my eyes out at the end! Like full out ugly crying. What a great read! There was a romance story in here and I didn't mind it which is VERY RARE for me.
  • Storiesandcoffee
    2017-12-13
    4.5 stars ****I loved this book. It was the perfection combination of historical fiction and romance. I'm glad the authors decided to write this in letter format, because they allowed the character's personalities to really shine. Evie, the female MC was spunky, and I liked her from her very first letter. I also loved the character, Alice. I felt as if Alice and I would be best friends because we are pretty much the same person. As I was reading ...
  • Kate Olson
    2017-12-18
    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO SO SO SO SO MUCH! And for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, it is NOT actually a Christmas book ~ feel free to read it anytime in the year, you’ll love it just as much. LOVE IT.
  • Cynthia
    2018-01-04
    Letters between friends and loved ones create this wonderful book set during WWI. I’m usually more apt to read WWII books but the fact that it was told through letters, and that two authors worked on this book had me intrigued! I’m glad this was my first book of the year, read mostly during one snowy afternoon/early evening. I tend to skip notes at the end but don’t with this book! The authors share how they wrote this book together and it ...
  • Crystal King
    2017-09-07
    This book is still sitting with me a month after I read it. I have to admit, I was skeptical of a book told only in letters; it's extraordinarily hard to pull off the thread of a plot with such a device. But Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb are an incredible force when paired together and the characters in this novel lept off the page in full, vivid color, wrapping themselves deep in my heart. I found myself rooting for the characters, teary-eyed wh...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    2018-05-16
    1.5*'sI didn't realize upon starting this book that it was going to be letters back and forth between characters for its entirety. Books that rely on letters or emails as a high percentage of the content drive me absolutely nuts because I never get a connection to any of the characters. No empathy bleeds through. It's a flat intonation format that reads like a work email from a colleague. If you don't mind that format you may like the story.
  • Laurence R.
    2018-03-27
    I have so much love for this book! It’s an amazing story and it has made me feel so much in such a short time. It’s also incredibly romantic and I have shed many, many tears while reading it. I absolutely recommend it!