The American Library in Paris 1939 then to a small town in Montana 1983.
Odile is a librarian at the American Library in Paris as the war breaks out. Lily is a teenager in Montana whose mother passed and is having trouble at school.
Both women find solace in each other after Lily finally meets her elegant neighbor from Paris.
THE PARIS LIBRARY moves back and forth and allows us to see into the lives of both characters.
Odile has the perfect job until it was necessary to provide books in secret.
Lily has the perfect life - well almost perfect - until her mother dies, but Odile helped her through this time and Lily helped Odile to not be so alone.
I enjoyed how the staff at the library was like a family itself and how the library delivered books to soldiers and others who couldn’t enter or were forbidden to enter the library. I never knew this happened.
Both Lily and Odile were very likeable characters. I truly enjoyed watching Lily grow up.
THE PARIS LIBRARY will appeal to all bookworms, romantics, and historical fiction fans.
It is heartwarming as well as heartbreaking, and despite the heartaches most of the characters were lighthearted and positive.
Once you get to know the characters, you will cry with them, wish them well, and not want them to leave you alone as you close the last page.
This book is about friendship, the love of books and libraries, regrets, giving advice, and forgiveness.
Ms. Skeslien Charles' research is impeccable. 4/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.