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
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, War, Romance

Reviews Last Christmas in Paris

  • Kate Quinn
    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...
  • The Lit Bitch
    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!...
  • Sonja Yoerg
    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 (Thoughts From a Page) Burnett
    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...
  • Erin
    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....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...
  • Linda Zagon
    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...
  • Asheley
    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...
  • Crystal King
    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...
  • Colleen Turner
    Since reading and loving The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a number of years ago, I've kept my eyes peeled for other epistolary novels, especially those that highlight some interesting part of history. I find that viewing a story through letters allows for more intimacy with the characters and provides a rawness and honesty that is harder to find in a strict narrative. Last Christmas in Paris is one such novel, allowing the reader...
  • Jenny Q
    As soon as I saw this book, I knew I was going to read it. Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor are both terrific writers, and the timing was perfect as I've been on a World War I kick lately. However, it somehow escaped my notice that this is a book composed almost entirely of correspondence. I tend to stay away from epistolary novels, but I knew if any two writers could change my mind, it would be these two. (Check out my reviews of Becoming Josephine...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    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...
  • Tracy Shephard
    This is a beautiful collaboration with one of my favourite authors and one I hadn't heard of...With WW1 in progress,  "Last Christmas In Paris" is told using letters and telegrams which connect each of the characters and their experiences. Unique and totally heartwarming, this stunning tale captures the thoughts and feelings of Evie and her friend Thomas. It is quite easy to understand the young people and the conflicts between these pages and...
  • booksofallkinds
    Have you ever read a story that just spoke to your soul and made you feel every emotion possible? Well, LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb is that book for me this year. Beautiful, evocative, and a masterpiece of writing, this is so much more than a good story and should belong on everyone's bookshelves. It is Christmas time in 1968 and a frail old man is determined to have one last Christmas in Paris before his time ends. A...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    I received a free copy of this book from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review. Amazing book! The story is told mainly told through correspondence between Tom and Evie. They have known each other since childhood and when Tom, and Evie's brother Will, leave England for France to fight in WW1 they begin their correspondence. They is also correspondence between their friends and members of their families throughout the book. The horror...
  • Davida Chazan
    In the summer of 1914, when England went to war with Germany, both the solders and the loved ones they left behind, were certain it would end quickly - by Christmas. Unfortunately, it took over four years for peace to come, and the only small respite both those at home and those away had, were letters to and from their loved ones. In this novel, Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor bring us a story of just such correspondence. Read more about this lovel...
  • Barbara
    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!! It's a bittersweet tale of friendship turned to love during the Great War. The book is written in an epistolary style (fast becoming a favorite of mine, because you feel like you've come upon a cache of letters in an attic!) of letters between, Evie a young girl left behind by her big brother Will and his best friend Tom, as they join up to fight during WWI. There are also letters between Evie and her best friend A...
  • Lynn
    WWI as seen through the correspondence of friends from just outside London. When her brother Will and his friend Tom leave Oxford to join up, Evie immediately jumps into action and begins a letter-writing campaign to keep up their spirits.Her letters are poignant, full of news, while those from the boys seek to remain upbeat as more and more unimaginable horror becomes a way of life.I read this EARC courtesy of Wm Morrow and Edelweiss pub date 09...
  • Susan Peterson
    Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have combined their exceptional talents to weave a beautiful, heartfelt story of love and war. The story is told through letters, correspondence written during WWI between a young Englishwoman, Evie Elliott, and her good friend Thomas Harding, who is at the front with her brother, Will. There is so much love and heart conveyed in these letters, as Evie and Thomas struggle through wartime, each of them revealing their...
  • Kris Waldherr
    Read an advance copy in manuscript form, and could not put it down! So well done and heart-tugging. More to come closer to publication.
  • Julianne Douglas
    If, as Audrey Hepburn reminds us, "Paris is always a good idea," then Paris at Christmas is an even better one! Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take full advantage of the possibilities in LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS: A Novel of World War I, out today from William Morrow. In this co-written epistolary novel, Londoners Evelyn Elliott and Tom Harding, separated by the hardships and horrors of the Great War, hold fast to their dream of reuniting in Paris t...
  • Megan
    "The Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I" by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb is a beautifully written story of love, loss and hope during wartime. It's written mostly in letters and has a Downton Abbey feel to it. Ms. Webb and Ms. Gaynor give such a beautiful and moving portrayal of how war affects every aspect of one's life. They show this through the letters of a few young people. In the beginning of the war, the letters are full of e...
  • Stephanie
    In 1969 Tom Harding makes a final trip to Paris for Christmas. While he is there he re-reads all the letters sent between 1914 and 1918. In 1914, Evie Elliot's brother, Will and best friend, Tom leave for the Front. Evie diligently writes to both of them. In their letters, the three divulge their greatest wishes, fears, and emotions. Most of all, they all wish for the war to be over by Christmas so they may celebrate the holiday in Paris. Little ...
  • Margaret
    I have been a fan of both of these authors for a while now and was thrilled when I heard they were working together on a new book. Seems to be a thing these days, to collaborate and I always go in with a bit of hesitation because it doesn't always work. Can they deliver a smooth story without it sounding choppy making the reader aware of two different writing styles? With the Last Christmas in Paris it worked wonderfully and to be honest I couldn...
  • Letty
    Wow! Loved this book. Full review to follow soon.
  • Amy
    This novel-in-letters is beautifully written with evocative passages of love, friendship, and war -- hopelessness and hope. It feels incredibly intimate, so much so, at times I felt like I shouldn't be reading these correspondences, yet I couldn't stop turning the pages. Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor make a great writing team.
  • Judith
    I begin this review with a shout out to the structure of this book. It’s brilliant! The plot unfolds through a series of letters written during WWI. Beginning in 1914, we get an insider’s view of the friendship between Thomas Harding and Evelyn Elliott. Through their letters we experience the changing life of women at home and the men in the trenches: food shortages, Spanish flu, death, injury, conscription, White Feather Brigade and VAD nurs...
  • Christina
    This novel held my attention completely and it's so well written. To me it's Downton Abbey meets War Horse...full of Tom Hiddleston-level British Gallantry (and I LOVE him). If you're a fan of any of those things, this book is a must read. If you're a fan of historical fiction really, I'd say it's a safe pick. And I agree with the comparisons to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, although it's been a long time since I've read that...
  • Gaele
    Starting in 1968, an older Thomas is re-reading letters from friends and family sent to and fro during the Great War, or World War I. Age and illness have caught up to him, and he’s seeking to lay the ghosts from the past to rest, all these years later. And just perhaps, he’ll have the courage now to open and read the last letter. August 1914, England is at war and a sort of hyper-patriotic excitement has gripped her young men. They can’t b...
  • Deana Dick
    I have just finished this book and I'm trying to keep my emotions in check. No I'm not going to be able to write without crying. I loved the way the author tells the story through letters between characters. You get to know each character and it is easy to fall in love with them. The details of the war were vivid and I could feel the pain and suffering as the letters were sent back and forth. It is hard to imagine the war raging in 1914 and the t...