Friday, April 22, 2022

The Paris Showroom by Juliet Blackwell

We meet Mathilde and Capucine during the occupation of Paris....mother and daughter.

Mathilde lives with her grandparents who are doing well under the Nazi regime.  She has lived with them for years because her mother had left.

Capucine and her father Bruno were taken away. 

Bruno went to a concentration camp, and Capucine was sent to a camp that was in a Parisian furniture store...Levitan. 

In this store the Jewish prisoners were made to sort and then sell the items the Germans had taken from the homes of Jewish families who were evacuated from their homes.  The German officers would "shop" in the store.

Some of the workers found the things from their families and made their time in the furniture store even worse.

The prisoners also confiscated personal papers they found for anyone who may survive and have something of their loved ones. That was one way they could defy the enemy.

We follow Mathilde and Capucine both present and past through alternating chapters.

Loved learning about the gorgeous fans Capucine's father made before the war and that spoke to others simply by where the fan was placed on one's face or heart.
You will LOVE the characters as we also meet men and women in the French Resistance.

You will be amazed at how the prisoners in this furniture store camp worked together to keep spirits up. 

I had never heard of this camp and what was going on inside. 

Such interesting facts and research but that obviously included the heartbreaking situations of WWII.

THE PARIS SHOWDOWN will keep your interest even though it is a bit confusing at first with all the characters.

Another book Juliet Blackwell fans won’t want to miss. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.


  1. Well researched and educational as well as enjoyable.

    I hope you give it a try.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Conocemos a Mathilde y Capucine durante la ocupación de París... madre e hija.

    Mathilde vive con sus abuelos a quienes les va bien bajo el régimen nazi. Ha vivido con ellos durante años porque su madre se había ido.

    Capucine y su padre Bruno fueron llevados.

    Bruno fue a un campo de concentración y Capucine fue enviado a un campo que estaba en una mueblería parisina... Levitan.