The Paris Orphan

The Paris Orphan

An American soldier and an enterprising photographer brave occupied France during World War II to help give a little girl her dream--a family--in this gripping novel from the bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress.



New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as possible. But three friendships change that. Journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules. Captain Dan Hallworth keeps her safe in dangerous places so she can capture the stories that truly matter. And most important of all, the love of a little orphan named Victorine gives Jess strength to do the impossible. But her success will come at a price...



France, 2005: Decades after World War II, D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to curate a collection of famous wartime photos by a reclusive artist. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but D'Arcy has no idea that this job will uncover decades of secrets that, once revealed, will change everything she thought she knew about her mother, Victorine, and alter D'Arcy's life forever.

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"An emotional and sweeping tale set against the backdrop of World War II...Rich detail, compelling characters, and an interwoven dual timeline make this an engrossing read for historical fiction fans." --Chanel Cleeton, USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana
"[A] splendid, breathtaking novel, full of mystery and passion...a must read!" --Jeanne Mackin, author of The Last Collection

Title:The Paris Orphan
ISBN:9781538764893
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    The Paris Orphan Reviews

  • Brenda

    Jessica May’s modelling career stalled when she headed for Europe as a photojournalist in 1942. She was only allowed to the hospital camps – women couldn’t go near the front line – and while t...

  • Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com*www.facebook.com/onewomansbbrThe French Photographer by Natasha Lester. (2019).Paris, 1942. Jess's modelling career ends abruptly and she manages to get assigned to the...

  • Dale Harcombe

    Two and a half starsIn Paris 1942 Jessica May’s successful modelling career is high jacked and abruptly stopped by someone she once cared for and trusted. Jessica is also an excellent photographer. ...

  • Marianne

    The French Photographer is the fifth novel by best-selling Australian author, Natasha Lester. Art handler and aspiring documentary maker, D’Arcy Hallworth has travelled to France in June 2004 to pac...

  • Helen

    I have no idea where to start with this book, what an intensely, powerful, beautiful, emotional and moving story that was so hard to put down, yet I read slowly and savored every word, as I journeyed ...

  • Tea Jovanovi?

    Pure bliss! This author is new voice for me (skipped under my radar somehow)... This novel is recently awarded RNA best historical fiction! And it deserved this award! Right mix of past and present, W...

  • Morgan

    The first part of this book could not have been better, I relished the story, the characters and the superb writing. Come Chapter 26 it all fell apart. The personal relationships were unrealistic, rid...

  • Fiona

    Well, I am having a hard time accepting the ending........

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comA writing star on the rise’, we are just so lucky here in Western Australia to call Natasha Lester one of our very own. She is truly a megastar in the historica...

  • Zoe

    Poignant, heartbreaking, and enthralling!The Paris Orphan is an absorbing, emotive tale predominantly set in France during 1942, as well as 2005, that is told primarily from two different perspectives...