Image of Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

Image of Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

Gaynor and Webb have created a WWI novel, told through letters and telegrams, that depicts the heartache and horrors of war and the war’s effect on the youthful innocence of three remarkable people. As their tale progresses, readers are brought into their innermost thoughts and shown how they are conflicted by their romanticized vision of war and the cruel reality of battle. The storytelling will touch readers with its human portraits of lost youth.

When WWI breaks out, journalist Evie Elliott, her brother Will and friend Thomas Harding believe the war will be over in time for them to celebrate the holiday in Paris. As Will and Thomas march off to war, Evie longs to do something to support those she loves. She starts a letter-writing project, beginning with Thomas. They share their hopes and fears ... and a growing love. As Evie’s letters bring people closer together, their family newspaper is caught between the War Office constraints and other problems. Five years of war takes a toll on them, but it isn’t until 40 years later that all truths are revealed. (WILLIAM MORROW, Oct., 400 pp., $14.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin