All the Flowers in Paris

A Novel
By: Sarah Jio
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (645 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Sarah Jio weaves past and present in this eminently readable novel about love, gratitude, and forgiveness. I tore through the pages!" (Christina Baker Kline, New York Times best-selling author)

Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious stack of love letters, and shocking secrets sweeping from World War II to the present - for fans of Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale.

When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. Slowly regaining vague memories of a man and a young child, she vows to piece her life back together - though she can’t help but feel she may be in danger. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior.

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is trying to build a new life for her daughter while working in her father’s flower shop and hoping to find love again. Then a ruthless German officer discovers her Jewish ancestry and Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. When her worst fears come true, she must fight back in order to save the person she loves most: her daughter.

When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets - and that she may have more in common with Céline than she could have ever imagined.

All the Flowers in Paris is an emotionally captivating novel rooted in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the steadfastness of a mother’s love, and the many complex layers of the heart - especially its capacity to forgive.

“Heart-stopping.... Fans of emotional, romantic stories set during World War II will enjoy this heartbreaking tale of love and loss.” (Booklist)

©2019 Sarah Jio (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A riveting and realistic story of two women, decades apart in time, yet both finding a way to triumph over the darkness that threatens their lives.” (number one New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber)
 

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Fantastic!

This is one of my favorite stories; each voice brought it to life. Your will not be sorry you listened.

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Loved this book.

I don't even know where to begin. I loved this book - it made me sad, it broke my heart, it made me happy. I love historical novels, especially those that take place during WWII. There are so many conflicting emotions in this book and Sarah Jio seems to capture all of them perfectly.

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Excellent research.

loved it. excellent writing. beautifully written. excellent characters and storyline. well portrayed going between two worlds

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This should be on New York Times best sellers list

This book is far better than anything I’ve seen on that list great story that doesn’t have to use profanity or gratuitous sex because it IS such a great story. It tells of cruelty of war, love and forgiveness. Takes place in two generations but strangely linked together I was just imagining the streets of Paris in spring the bistro and the apartment. Totally worth a credit.

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sweet but disjointed story

i love WW2 historical fiction. This had all the makings of a good read and it was. However the characters and circumstances were somewhat unrealistic at times. Debbie Macomber beach read in one of the darkest times in history. The two shouldn't and don't go together. I enjoyed the arc, but was left with very little to chew on. Meat flavored bubble gum. This did not set well with me as the characters suffered great trauma, yet were left unfinished in the last chapter.

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Good story

The only thing that I found too unrealistic was when one of the characters wakes up in the hospital with amnesia, she doesn’t look for her family, nor does she try to find out if she has a job or how she supported herself. Other than that, it was a good story.

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Hallmark Movie Story

How this book has a 4.6 star rating is as inconceivable to me as the story itself. The narration was very good, especially Saskia Maarleveld. That narrator is main reason I purchased this book. Other than that, the story was so filled with predictability, unbelievable and unrealistic events and characters, that it was irritating to listen to. I slogged through the whole thing, though,ever hoping for some redemptive qualities. But my hopes were dashed. This is my first (and last) book by Sara Jio whom I discovered is not in the same league as other notable authors of this type of historical fiction. Perhaps if I had never read a book by Kate Morton or Susan Meissner, I would've been happy with Jio's Hallmark Movie style story where characters face seemingly insurmountable troubles, all the while fully aware that the happy ending is just an introspective overly explanatory inner monologue away. (Be prepared for lots of these because Jio mistakenly believes that her readers won't get what's so obviously going on.) I can't really go into details about the difficulties presented in this story without giving the whole story away, but just looking at the initial story set up which was so far-fetched and completely unrealistic (I had to go back and listen a second time because I was sure I must have missed something ) will give you a clue as to the poorly researched story that Ms. Jio offers. 1. No hospital would release a patient suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) with severe and complete memory loss without first ascertaining if the patient had a support person in place at their home. 2. Any bicyclist getting struck head on by a truck is going to have broken bones and internal injuries, not just a bad bump on the head -- even one that puts her in a coma for five days. 3. The Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière, is 4 miles away and on the opposite side of the Seine from the Arc de triomphe so it would be impossible to view the Arc de Triomphe from a hospital room window. 4. It is quite easy to hack into a laptop even if the password has been lost. And it CAN be done without wiping the hard drive. 5. A five foot deep "secret room" below the floor of a second story apartment would extend into the space of the apartment directly below on the first floor. Seems to me that not only would it be hard to miss, but noises from the secret space would be easily heard by the first floor apartment tenants. 6. Even an adult with severe memory loss must have some question as to how they had been supporting themselves and where the money for an expensive Paris apartment was coming from. Surely there would be some documentation in your desk or on your computer or even on your bank statements. But luckily, in the serendipitous Hallmark movie atmosphere of this book, such things do not matter to our heroine as she happily gads about using her debit card (apparently the one thing she does remember is her PIN) and rescuing troubled restaurant waitresses from domestic difficulties, falling in love with the not-so mysterious restaurant owner. So, if you like things all wrapped up in neat little packages filled with incredibly formulaic plot lines, then this one is for you. To end on a positive note, I'll add: I really love the book cover art!

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great at creating tension!

The build up of each chapter, wondering who will live and who will die, is so good! You don't want to push stop so you can hear just one more chapter. Really gives context to the human experience of living in fear in a time of war and dealing with one's grief. A very good read!

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I was totally unprepared !

I had no idea that this book would be so wonderful! Just randomly chose because it was the kind I like to listen to. It was such a beautifully written and narrated story. Don’t pass up this book!

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Great book.

This was a wonderful story and I immediately became immersed in the story. Narration was spot on.