Review: Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin

Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

At first glance, this looks like just the book for me. WWII, written by Sarah Sundin, and starring a ballerina? It sounds like it couldn’t get better! Sadly, this book wasn’t a home run for me.

Characters: First off, I really enjoyed Lucie’s character. She was the best developed of the two MCs, and her personality was amazing. Her mixture of playfulness and joy really created an intriguing character who didn’t come off as a hairbrain. (Which she totally could’ve in a lesser author’s hands.) Of course, I loved the part about her being a ballerina, though I could’ve done with way more of that storyline. As for Paul, though … I just wasn’t sold on him. He seemed a little bland in comparison to Lucie (maybe just because she was so outstanding), but I just couldn’t understand him. Sometimes he seemed like the gruff factory owner, but then he had these moments of weird lightheartedness. (Which was actually really cute.) However, I would’ve just liked to see his character more fleshed out so I knew more of who he actually was. As for Josie … she was such a cutie! I loved the part about her Feenee stories. As a fellow writer, that plotline was golden. I also thought Josie’s interactions with Lucie and Paul were both quite well-done. The side characters were okay – I liked Moreau, but Lucie’s friends seemed so shallow. I think I was expecting the usual friends that Sarah Sundin puts in her books, and I wish something could’ve resolved with those girls.

Writing Style/Setting/Plot: The writing was okay; nothing spectacular, but it was clean and easy to read. The setting was interesting, though, because I haven’t read that much about Paris at the beginning of WWII. It was intriguing to see how Parisians were affected and reacted to the war. Also, on an entirely random note, I appreciated all the names of the streets even though I couldn’t pronounce them to save my life. Good research on the author’s part. But as for the plot … this is where it really dragged. I enjoyed the first hundred pages or so (really loved those), but as the book continued on, I felt like I was just laboring to get to the end. This could totally just be a thing specific to me, though, so take this with a grain of salt. I just felt as if the plot began wandering a bit without much of a clear end, and it took things longer to resolve than they should’ve.

Moral/Theme: One big theme that came through was the importance of both beauty and functionality. As a ballerina, Lucie found great important in beauty, and as a car designer/manufacture, Paul focused more on functionality. However, they both came to see that the world is better with both beauty (art) and functional stuff (cars, business, etc.) This tied into Josie’s Feenee stories, because Paul eventually saw that there was value even in his little girl’s slightly confusing stories. As an author, I loved that!

Overall, Until Leaves Fall in Paris was an okay book. The pacing, for me, was the main problem, but if you enjoy WWII fiction, definitely give this book a try.

4 thoughts on “Review: Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin

  1. Interesting… yeah, this looks like it would be right up my alley too, but that’s disappointing to hear about the pacing, and Lucie’s friends and Paul not being very fleshed out! Alas. (The heroine’s friendships in Sarah’s other books was one of my favorite things about her stories!) But, wonderful review!!! I loved reading your thoughts on it! 😀

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