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World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . .   “I never knew what he saw in you.”   At her retirement home in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-one-year-old Amelie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected v World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . .   “I never knew what he saw in you.”   At her retirement home in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-one-year-old Amelie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected visitor—Kat Morgan, the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack.   Kat and Jack were high school sweethearts who planned to marry when Jack returned from France after World War II. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American GI’s confession in a Parisian church. . .   Now, Kat wants to know the truth behind a story that’s haunted her whole life. Finding out how Amelie stole Jack’s heart will—she thinks—finally bring her peace. As Amelie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, The French War Bride reveals how history shapes the courses of our lives. . .for better or for worse.


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World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . .   “I never knew what he saw in you.”   At her retirement home in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-one-year-old Amelie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected v World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . .   “I never knew what he saw in you.”   At her retirement home in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-one-year-old Amelie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected visitor—Kat Morgan, the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack.   Kat and Jack were high school sweethearts who planned to marry when Jack returned from France after World War II. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American GI’s confession in a Parisian church. . .   Now, Kat wants to know the truth behind a story that’s haunted her whole life. Finding out how Amelie stole Jack’s heart will—she thinks—finally bring her peace. As Amelie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, The French War Bride reveals how history shapes the courses of our lives. . .for better or for worse.

30 review for The French War Bride

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    There are some people who are natural storytellers. My husband been happens to be one of them. I am not. However, Robin Wells is a beautiful story teller and has taken this series to a new level with her beautiful stories of old. Reaching into the history and the memories of our older generation is a wonderful way to tell a story that is rich with memories and the history of the time. Reading one of Robin’s books is like listening to the story that your grandmother or grandfather would tell you. There are some people who are natural storytellers. My husband been happens to be one of them. I am not. However, Robin Wells is a beautiful story teller and has taken this series to a new level with her beautiful stories of old. Reaching into the history and the memories of our older generation is a wonderful way to tell a story that is rich with memories and the history of the time. Reading one of Robin’s books is like listening to the story that your grandmother or grandfather would tell you. Stories about family, love, struggle, loss, and even survival. This is what The French War Bride is about. A beautifully written story that draws you right into the lives of the characters so you can feel what they felt and endured throughout their long life. This book is not one that you’re going to just run through in an evening. You better make a date for several nights of reading when you sit down and crack the cover of this book. This is definitely a book that will give you major feels and leave you a little sad at the end but also leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling as well. Not one to be missed if you love a wonderful women’s fiction story loaded with historical facts. full review and a giveaway of a copy http://amidlifewife.com/the-french-wa...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Wedding Tree, Louisiana is a charming small town. Amelie O'Connor has called it home since arriving in the US as a war bride following WWII. Now living in an assisted living facility, she is surprised by the arrival of Kat Thompson, the ex fiance of her late husband, Jack. Kat, the daughter of the town's doctor, got to know Jack when he expressed an interest in becoming a a small town GP. They became engaged before Jack shipped off to war, and she dreamed of a big wedding upon his return. Kat co Wedding Tree, Louisiana is a charming small town. Amelie O'Connor has called it home since arriving in the US as a war bride following WWII. Now living in an assisted living facility, she is surprised by the arrival of Kat Thompson, the ex fiance of her late husband, Jack. Kat, the daughter of the town's doctor, got to know Jack when he expressed an interest in becoming a a small town GP. They became engaged before Jack shipped off to war, and she dreamed of a big wedding upon his return. Kat confronts Amelie, seeking the story of how Amelie ended up as Jack's war bride. As Amelie recounts her life in Paris under Nazi occupation, you come to understand the difficulties she faced. In an act of desperation she deceives Jack into believing she is someone else, and convinces him to bring her to America as a war bride. Amelie's story reveals the risks, sacrifices and hardships she faced. Kat also remembers the courtship between her and Jack that led to their engagement, and the hurt she felt being jilted. It is peace and the ability to forgive that she seems from Amelie. A great book for fans of historical fiction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I had no idea this was part of a series when I started to read this book, but as far as I know is the books not linked to each other than that they take place in the town of Wedding Tree. All I knew was that I wanted to read this book the first time I saw the cover and then read the description of the book. I have a deep love for books with parallel timelines and I found the description of the book fascinating with two women, old now, finally confronting the past... READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OV I had no idea this was part of a series when I started to read this book, but as far as I know is the books not linked to each other than that they take place in the town of Wedding Tree. All I knew was that I wanted to read this book the first time I saw the cover and then read the description of the book. I have a deep love for books with parallel timelines and I found the description of the book fascinating with two women, old now, finally confronting the past... READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I don’t even know how to describe how wonderfully written this book was. I was drawn in almost instantaneously and could not put it down. Life during occupied France always interests me. The survival of those women and children .... I almost can’t wrap my head around that it truly happened. Gripping. Emotional. Engaging. Wonderful read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    This might be one of those "it's not you, it's me" scenarios but honestly I just couldn't get into this book. Since it was part of a series and I did read the first book, I was hoping it was a mixture of current times and WWII-- because to tell the truth, as much as I loved WWII stories three years ago, I'm getting tired of them now. Be that may --that's not the author's fault. Robin Wells has a engaging storytelling style -but in this novel I didn't really care for the premise or the characters. This might be one of those "it's not you, it's me" scenarios but honestly I just couldn't get into this book. Since it was part of a series and I did read the first book, I was hoping it was a mixture of current times and WWII-- because to tell the truth, as much as I loved WWII stories three years ago, I'm getting tired of them now. Be that may --that's not the author's fault. Robin Wells has a engaging storytelling style -but in this novel I didn't really care for the premise or the characters. From the very beginning of the book, I just couldn't suspend belief that a ninety plus woman would confront another woman almost seventy years later. Thinking about someone holding a grudge for over ¾ of her life just seemed far-fetched or incredibly sad. Already having difficulty with the set-up for the story it was disconcerting to immediately have the juxtaposition of perfect heroine vs. ill-tempered, cranky other woman. I do understand the author was going for contrast --- showing how right the heroine was for the other woman’s ex-fiancé. However, Kat’s action didn’t seem like a woman facing death. Of course I’m not an expert on how all different personalities act in this scenario, but I have worked with the elderly and also people in hospice, so Kat’s character seemed far from authentic. I also had some problems with the hero’s honor regarding his actions once he and his war bride was back in the States. And then the way the heroine saves the day. I would like to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. I did received a free copy

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Ashley

    This was a book I couldn’t stand to put down. I really enjoyed it from the beginning and never wanted it to end. It is well-written and tells an amazing story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Carlson

    I have to say the cover of this book is beautiful, isn't it! It fits in with the rest of the story! So, imagine a few years after losing your husband, after he has passed away, after spending all those years with the love of your life with him. You happen to still be living at the Assisted Living place because that is what your husband needed at the time, and you normally leave your door open so your friends know you are home and perhaps you can get together and do something together, and look w I have to say the cover of this book is beautiful, isn't it! It fits in with the rest of the story! So, imagine a few years after losing your husband, after he has passed away, after spending all those years with the love of your life with him. You happen to still be living at the Assisted Living place because that is what your husband needed at the time, and you normally leave your door open so your friends know you are home and perhaps you can get together and do something together, and look who shows up at your door! The last person you ever would expect to show up there is your husband's jilted ex-fiance' who is now 91 years old. Her name is Kat, and she is still looking for answers as to, "why?" Amelie never expects to see this! Yes, Kat was the fiance’ of her late husband, Jack. Kat has to be around the same age as Amelie is, and has been handed a sentence of cancer, with less than six months to live. With her doctor having her get her affairs in order, there is only one thing that Kat wants to know, and that is why Jack proposed to her, making her his fiance’ prior to the World War II, then ended up marrying another woman instead of her? Knowing she cannot go to her grave without getting the answers from Amelie, she confronts her in her own home. (I thought that was quite brazen, but she did it.) Amelie surely feels put on the spot, and where I would have told her it’s none of her business, but in words much nicer than that, Amelie proceeds to try to get Kat to understand. I felt if Kat did not understand by then, after living through the War herself and seeing what it did to people, then she clearly doesn’t have a clue about love. Amelie tells Kat what the love of her life did to end up marrying her instead. Yikes! I would have died! I mean they are 91 years old, can’t they just drop it by now? Nope! I guess drama never goes away no matter what your age is! However, this makes for hearing a wonderful love story between Amelie and Jack, but why would Kat want to put herself through finding out her fiance’ left her without marrying her, yet married another woman? Kat demands to find out the answers from Amelie, so Amelie gives her the answers she requests. I honestly don’t know that I could dig all that up all over again and have someone judging me at my 91 years of age??? What’s the point? Her husband has past and yes, it’s nice to remember those types of things, but not when you have another angry woman who is demanding answers from you!) This is not a book you are going to read through in a matter of hours, but days because this book covers a lot, it goes much deeper than your regular thriller or other types of books and is actually beautiful, despite Kat. Tune her out and enjoy! (This author has made a note in the beginning of this book about the huge amounts of research this book took in order to write it. I was pretty impressed by what she had to say.) I think most everyone would love this book, and I highly recommend reading it! You'll enjoy this very much. I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Berkley/Penguin Random House LLC and NetGalley, in exchange that I read then write a review about this book/what I read. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to just enjoy the sheer pleasure of reading this book and then writing an honest review about what I thought about this book, regardless if my opinion is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa... The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.

  8. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/th... The French War Bride The Wedding Tree, Book #2 By Robin Wells IBSN# 9780425282441 Author’s Website: http://robinwells.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una Description: World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . . “I never knew what he saw in you.” At her retirement home in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-one-year-old Amelie O’Connor is in the habit of http://openbooksociety.com/article/th... The French War Bride The Wedding Tree, Book #2 By Robin Wells IBSN# 9780425282441 Author’s Website: http://robinwells.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una Description: World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . . “I never knew what he saw in you.” At her retirement home in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-one-year-old Amelie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected visitor—Kat Morgan, the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack. Kat and Jack were high school sweethearts who planned to marry when Jack returned from France after World War II. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American GI’s confession in a Parisian church. . . Now, Kat wants to know the truth behind a story that’s haunted her whole life. Finding out how Amelie stole Jack’s heart will—she thinks—finally bring her peace. As Amelie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, The French War Bride reveals how history shapes the courses of our lives. . .for better or for worse. Review: This is a story that grips your soul as a reader, as you become immersed in the complexity of characters, the horrors and desperation of war, and the survival of those who lived through it. Through a backdrop of World War II Paris you follow the life and tragedies of Amelie and her family and friends as they fight to survive during the Nazi occupation. As Amelie relates this story on her terms, to Kat, her dying husband’s ex –fiancée, you hear why she was forced to make the choices that would ultimately change so many lives. In retrospect, although Kat lived a relatively happy life with her own husband it has always bothered her why Jack had changed his mind about marrying her. Kat’s hospice had suggested that for peace of mind before death she find out the truth about what happened and thus she arrives unexpected at Amelie’s retirement residence. Amelie knows what Kat is about to hear is not what Kat has preconceived to have happened however feels the story needs to be told. The story makes you want to cry as you listen to Amelie’s story and I must say Kat comes across as a bit narcissistic as she seems to constantly ask “Did he really say I was beautiful” however when you take in the times, an engagement was a binding thing and to break it would be devastating as a jilt at the altar for the injured party. When Amelie comes to America, again she is met with injustice as she is portrayed by small town minds as the “Frenchie” who stole someone else’s beau. Her strength of character again comes through and she does survive. I definitely would recommend this book. It certainly is not a light read but a well written and thought provoking novel. I know I am looking forward to other books by Robin Wells. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for providing a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Lynn

    My Thoughts… WW II is my favorite. I love to read the history of the war, the history of the people in Europe and how the war affected them, the history of the people in the US left behind by the soldiers fighting the war in the but mostly I love to read about women in the war. I love to know how women coped with their men leaving, what those who were living with the fighting going all around them, and how life can go on with all the horrors they are witnessing. The French War Bride has everythin My Thoughts… WW II is my favorite. I love to read the history of the war, the history of the people in Europe and how the war affected them, the history of the people in the US left behind by the soldiers fighting the war in the but mostly I love to read about women in the war. I love to know how women coped with their men leaving, what those who were living with the fighting going all around them, and how life can go on with all the horrors they are witnessing. The French War Bride has everything I love within its pages. This story was uniquely written. There are two points of views. Both women had a love in common, Jack. I was enthralled with Amelie’s story of war, Joshua, being a spy, and being a woman in Nazi occupied Paris. Her story was heart breaking, eye opening, and truly remarkable. She lost her entire family in WWII yet she never gave up on life. The friendship with Yvette, her best friend, was amazing. From childhood neighbors and best friends to both working against the Nazi’s during the war their friendship never wavered. The way the two of them worked together and trusted each other is amazing. Kat, the one Jack left behind, is jilted. With her death, due to cancer, looming in the near future she is looking for closure. She wants to know why she was jilted. I felt like Kat was extremely selfish. She listened to Amelie tell the story and jumped on anything that was said in a positive way about her. I didn’t dislike her; I just didn’t really like her. I felt like she was the prom queen, mean girl who just assumed everything revolved around her. The war affected both women in different ways and caused changes to their lives that were not expected. The French War Bride is fiction yet there was so much history in it. Robin Wells did her homework. The descriptions of the war planes in the sky, the treatment of Jews, and so many other happenings were true to life. There was so much description in the paragraphs that I could picture the life that those in France were living with the Germans in charge. This is an incredible WWII story. I recommend everyone who loves this era as much as I do to pick up a copy today.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Horvath

    I could not put this novel down! I didn't know it was part of a series until I came to this site to write a review! I could not put this novel down! I didn't know it was part of a series until I came to this site to write a review!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Loved this book I love historical/romance novels. This book told of the atrocities of World War II and the horror of the Holocaust. Highly recommend The French War Bride to those who enjoy history and romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    I absolutely loved this story! This story is set during world war 2 and if your like me and don't particularly care for the history part of the story just bare with it for a bit you won't be sorry. Kat and Jack were planning to marry when Jack got back from the war but things change when Jack's life is changed when Amelie steals his heart. Now many many years later Kat confronts Amelie wanting to know the truth how did she get Jacks heart, Jacks love. The story unfolds as Amalie tells Kat how it a I absolutely loved this story! This story is set during world war 2 and if your like me and don't particularly care for the history part of the story just bare with it for a bit you won't be sorry. Kat and Jack were planning to marry when Jack got back from the war but things change when Jack's life is changed when Amelie steals his heart. Now many many years later Kat confronts Amelie wanting to know the truth how did she get Jacks heart, Jacks love. The story unfolds as Amalie tells Kat how it all happened.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Viola Walton

    I would rate about 4.8. The French War Bride takes place in a senior living center. When Amelie’s husband’s ex-fiance’ Kat Thomson wants the full story of how Amelie O’Connor had stolen Jack O’Connor her fiancé in France after he had promised to marry her a when he came home from WWII. He had promised to marry Kat and join her father’s medical practice in Wedding Tree, Louisiana. Amelie promises to tell the story, but that she would tell it in her own way, and at her own pace. Some parts of the b I would rate about 4.8. The French War Bride takes place in a senior living center. When Amelie’s husband’s ex-fiance’ Kat Thomson wants the full story of how Amelie O’Connor had stolen Jack O’Connor her fiancé in France after he had promised to marry her a when he came home from WWII. He had promised to marry Kat and join her father’s medical practice in Wedding Tree, Louisiana. Amelie promises to tell the story, but that she would tell it in her own way, and at her own pace. Some parts of the book moved slowly and were painful, but what a clever way to tell the story of what the everyday citizens of Europe suffered during WWII. I lived in W. Germany ten years after WWII and heard many of the same type stories from the common citizens of Germany, who had suffered many of the same things. I would label Amelie as one of those book characters which can be put in the column of strong woman book characters. No wonder Jack fell in love with her. This book was much better than first I had expected it would be.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Amelie O'Connor is 93 years old when she is visited by Kat Thompson who is the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack. Kat comes to learn why Jack picked Amelie, the French war bride instead of herself as his wife. Amelie tells the story in her own way, of her childhood, her family, her first love and the terrible times in war-torn France when the Germans invaded and occupied the land. She and her friend, Yvette worked for the resistance in different ways but both contributed to the cause. Jack wa Amelie O'Connor is 93 years old when she is visited by Kat Thompson who is the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack. Kat comes to learn why Jack picked Amelie, the French war bride instead of herself as his wife. Amelie tells the story in her own way, of her childhood, her family, her first love and the terrible times in war-torn France when the Germans invaded and occupied the land. She and her friend, Yvette worked for the resistance in different ways but both contributed to the cause. Jack was an American doctor serving during the war and Amelie devised a plan to get him to help her go to America with Yvette's baby, Elise. Besides the interesting historical story of the people suffering in the war, a love story emerges. The last part of the novel is especially entertaining and makes for a very good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michele LaRouche

    Loved the story. Although fictional, you get the feel that the characters really did experience World War Two. The story is between two women the wife of medic and the jilted lover. Emotions run the gamut.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roseann

    Could definitely be enjoyed without her first book in this series. A great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thelma Fountain

    I absolutely loved this book! There was a lot of historical events in the story some I had heard about before and some I had not. The story was very interesting I loved the characters and I was so happy that Amelie and Jack got a happy ending. Highly recommend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christy Ryan

    Such a good read! It almost feels like two books in one. Amelie's life during the war and then after. Both parts of the story I enjoyed...but by the second half...I couldn't put it down! Such a good read! It almost feels like two books in one. Amelie's life during the war and then after. Both parts of the story I enjoyed...but by the second half...I couldn't put it down!

  19. 5 out of 5

    MJ Cahill

    good read - highly recommend

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann Filipe

    An awesome book. I got hooked in the beginning and could not put it down. It is a good story line and I loved the author's style. An awesome book. I got hooked in the beginning and could not put it down. It is a good story line and I loved the author's style.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bernice

    Very good read! The beginning was a little confusing, but when I really got into the story, enjoyed it very much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I LOVED this book! The main character, Amelie, is from a pretty affluent family in Paris. Her world is turned upside down when Hitler begins his invasion, and the family has to flee their home. Amelie matures pretty quickly because of the war situation. And then tragedy strikes, not once but twice. The 'love' aspect of the book is very sweet. You must read this book! I LOVED this book! The main character, Amelie, is from a pretty affluent family in Paris. Her world is turned upside down when Hitler begins his invasion, and the family has to flee their home. Amelie matures pretty quickly because of the war situation. And then tragedy strikes, not once but twice. The 'love' aspect of the book is very sweet. You must read this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    What a wonderful story! This is #2 in the series, but not really. Some people are mentioned and it's the same town, that is about it. Love how the 2 women "compete" in their memories of the same man. Well written and we'll formed characters. What a wonderful story! This is #2 in the series, but not really. Some people are mentioned and it's the same town, that is about it. Love how the 2 women "compete" in their memories of the same man. Well written and we'll formed characters.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda Marie

    Excellent! Didn't want it to end. Great writing. Excellent! Didn't want it to end. Great writing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate Hendrickx

    One of the better WWII books I have read recently.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    For me, When a book is hard to put down it's a winner! And this book was so hard to put down! The characters, the story telling, the history...it all just intertwined and made for an awesome book. I still find myself thinking of the ending and don't think Kat learned much from Amelie's story. For me, When a book is hard to put down it's a winner! And this book was so hard to put down! The characters, the story telling, the history...it all just intertwined and made for an awesome book. I still find myself thinking of the ending and don't think Kat learned much from Amelie's story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    Amelie Michaud is sixteen and living a happy life in Paris when World War II starts. At first little seems to happen, even with her brothers going off to join the army, but then little troubles become big troubles and finally major hardship. Amelie and her best friend, Yvette, wind up on their own in Paris, working menial jobs to survive, and spying for the Resistance. Meanwhile, we have the frame story--Amelie O'Connor, seventy years later, likes to keep the door to her little apartment at her a Amelie Michaud is sixteen and living a happy life in Paris when World War II starts. At first little seems to happen, even with her brothers going off to join the army, but then little troubles become big troubles and finally major hardship. Amelie and her best friend, Yvette, wind up on their own in Paris, working menial jobs to survive, and spying for the Resistance. Meanwhile, we have the frame story--Amelie O'Connor, seventy years later, likes to keep the door to her little apartment at her assisted living facility open, to receive visitors. One day she receives a very unexpected visitor--Kat Thompson, former fiancée of her late husband, Jack O'Connor. Kat has never gotten over resenting the fact that her fiancé came home with a French war bride. Now that she's dying of cancer, her hospice counselor says she needs to forgive for her own peace of mind, and her minister tells her she needs to forgive for the sake of her own soul. So now, she wants the story of what happened between Amelie and Jack. Right now. Amelie agrees to tell her, but in her own way, which involves telling her experiences through the whole war, while Kat doesn't see why anything prior to Amelie meeting Jack can possibly be relevant to what she wants to know. Kat, it turns out, has very definite ideas about what must have happened. Amelie recounts the story of the increasing hardships and terrors of the war years, as she and Yvette slowly lose their entire families, and need more and more desperate measures to survive, while taking greater and greater risks to support the Resistance and help defeat the Germans. They each lose their first loves, struggle to get enough food while the German occupiers eat in a meal what an entire French family needs to make last a week. It's near the end of the war when Amelie meets Jack, and the truth of what happened challenges Kat's assumptions, and challenges her view of herself. Both the historical background, and the personality development, including the relatively tricky on of Kat, are well-handled. Recommended. I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    SOMDReigel

    The French War Bride is told by two narrators – Amélie and Kat. Amélie is the French War Bride of American Serviceman Dr. Jack O’Connor. Kat was engaged to Jack when he went off to war. A dying Kat comes to Amélie to make peace with the past. In order to let go of the grudge she has held against Amélie all these years, Kat wants to know how Jack and Amélie met and why they married. Amélie agrees to tell her story, but in her own way which is frustrating for the impatient Kat. Kat doesn’t care ab The French War Bride is told by two narrators – Amélie and Kat. Amélie is the French War Bride of American Serviceman Dr. Jack O’Connor. Kat was engaged to Jack when he went off to war. A dying Kat comes to Amélie to make peace with the past. In order to let go of the grudge she has held against Amélie all these years, Kat wants to know how Jack and Amélie met and why they married. Amélie agrees to tell her story, but in her own way which is frustrating for the impatient Kat. Kat doesn’t care about Amélie’s sufferings and doesn’t want to listen to Amelie’s life story – just wants to hear about Amélie’s time with Jack. Amelie states, “some actions only make sense if you know the reasons why” and feels that in order for Kat to fully understand why and how she and Jack married, she needs to listen to her perspective of her life during the war. This book is good on so many levels: the writing, the characters, the history! Robin Wells described historical events in a way that made you feel you were there. It is evident that a tremendous amount of research went into it writing this gem of a book. The story goes back and forth from the present day, to just prior to the German invasion of Paris; to Amelie’s struggles during occupied France, during liberated France (which was just as bad for Amelie); to her new life in small town Wedding Tree, Louisiana. In the process, we are reminded of the costs of war and how it can have devastating effects on all involved. With the power of Robin Wells storytelling, this story did exactly what I needed – it transported me to a different place and time, letting me see the world through their eyes and hearts. One of my very favorite books of the year.

  29. 4 out of 5

    mari

    Couldn't put it down. Jack O'Conner left his small town of Wedding Tree, Louisiana to join the allies in France during WWII as a medic. He also left a fiance, Kat, anxiously waiting for his return. Unfortunately, for her, when he does return he is not alone. With him is a French bride and a baby. Many years later, Kat finds Jack's widow Amelie, in her retirement home and asks to hear her account of how she and Jack met and became married. Amelie's story is gut wrenching and tragic and also full o Couldn't put it down. Jack O'Conner left his small town of Wedding Tree, Louisiana to join the allies in France during WWII as a medic. He also left a fiance, Kat, anxiously waiting for his return. Unfortunately, for her, when he does return he is not alone. With him is a French bride and a baby. Many years later, Kat finds Jack's widow Amelie, in her retirement home and asks to hear her account of how she and Jack met and became married. Amelie's story is gut wrenching and tragic and also full of "adventures", as Kat describes them, that no one would actually want to experience. The history of the Nazi Occupation, the workings of The French Resistance and the incredible horrors and losses during this time is seamlessly intertwined with the story of Amelie. It was a book that I had a hard time putting down and got completely invested in also learning her story. The French War Bride is the second book in Wells' The Wedding Tree series. I have not read the first book, but had absolutely no problem in reading this one as it reads as a stand alone book, but I will be locating a copy for myself very soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    Another WWII historical fiction with an alternating perspective from two women: Kat, an American woman retelling her life in America while pining after her love, Jack, who is sent to France as an American medic, and Amelie, a French woman retelling her story of devastating loss and courageous days assisting the French Resistance and how she met Kat's love, Jack, in France and ended up his War Bride. It is now 2016 and these two women are sitting face to face in Wedding Tree, Louisiana for the fir Another WWII historical fiction with an alternating perspective from two women: Kat, an American woman retelling her life in America while pining after her love, Jack, who is sent to France as an American medic, and Amelie, a French woman retelling her story of devastating loss and courageous days assisting the French Resistance and how she met Kat's love, Jack, in France and ended up his War Bride. It is now 2016 and these two women are sitting face to face in Wedding Tree, Louisiana for the first time ever, still with the same tension as five decades before. Why? Because Kat is dying and needs answers to how the love of her life was stolen from her. An amazing read, even though Kat's story didn't have me hooked. What did have me hooked was contrasting the life of an American versus the life of a WWII occupied country. How we can all be under the same sun, living such drastically different lives. I know this to be true, but for some reason, with every single WWII novel I read, the devastation of what Europe endured is so painstakingly fascinating.

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