The Paris Maid

Ella Carey

Paris, 1944. “Traitor!” yells the crowd as they push me down onto a stool. “Nazi collaborator.” Tears blur my vision as the razor grazes my scalp, waves of blonde hair falling to the ground. As men paint a swastika across my face, I hold onto one small glimmer of hope. They have no idea who I am.

Louise Basset works as a housemaid at The Ritz Hotel, home to the most powerful Nazis in France. As she changes silk sheets and scrubs sumptuous marble bathtubs, she listens and watches, reporting all she can to the Resistance. The only secret she never tells is her own.

Everything changes for Louise on the day a young Allied pilot, hunted by the Nazis, is smuggled into the hotel. As he and Louise share a small carafe of red wine hidden amongst her cleaning bottles, she feels her heart begin to open. But if Louise trusts someone with the truth, what will happen?

Years later, her granddaughter Nicole looks up at the ornate façade of the infamous Paris hotel. She is reeling from her recent discovery: a black-and-white photograph of her grandmother as a young woman, head shaved, branded a traitor. Devastated by her new legacy and about to start a family of her own, Nicole searches for answers.

When a French historian calls Louise by a different name, Nicole realizes there must be more to her grandmother’s story. Was the woman who taught Nicole so much about family and loyalty a resistance fighter, or will her granddaughter have to live with the knowledge that she is descended from a traitor? And will Nicole be able to finally move forward with her life if she can uncover the truth?

An utterly heart-shattering and gripping novel about love, betrayal and how one courageous young woman paid a terrible price to save those she loved. From top-ten bestseller Ella Carey, fans of Fiona Valpy, The Nightingale and Rhys Bowen will never forget The Paris Maid.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Kept me on the edge of my seat… Incredible… Took my breath awayI just didn’t want this book to end.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “So heart-breaking I couldn’t stop crying… Sure to stay with me for a very long time… Gripping… I loved it and I definitely recommend it!!Page Turners

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Kept me up past my bedtime!!!… Unputdownable… Made me “ugly cry”… Gripping adventure that will keep you guessing.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I was completely drawn in… and read it obsessively, cue lots of tears, gasps and smiles. Perfect.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I could not stop as I was drawn in from the first line and became lost on the pages as they fluttered past. My eyes barely noticed the breaks in the chapters as I was so focused… StunningFlawlessHeartbreakingUnforgettable… Serious on the edge of your seat action…” NetGalley reviewer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Well wowBrilliant. Stole my heart from the opening sentence and hasn’t left me since… On the edge of my seat throughout… I was left reeling… Talk about plot twists! Outstanding… I shall treasure it always.” Stacy is Reading

“Packed full of twists… A mind-blowing twist that had me reeling in shock… Such a page turner…The further it progresses the more difficult it becomes to put down.” Shaz’s Book Blog

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I was captivated from the opening passages, and devoured this story in one sittingBeautiful and heartbreaking…” Goodreads reviewer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Shocking, emotional, heart breaking… Really pulled me in and grabbed me tight… I have absolutely loved reading this from start to finish.” Goodreads reviewer

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