The Black Swan of Paris

The Black Swan of Paris

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A captivating story of estranged sisters reunited by a devastating war and the race to save their mother's life Paris, 1944 Celebrated singer Genevieve Dumont is both a star and a smoke screen. An unwilling darling to the Nazis, the chanteuse's position of privilege also has its advantages--such as going undetected as an ally to undercover British officer Captain Max Ryan as part of the resistance. What Max doesn't know is that Genevieve's estranged mother, Lillian de Rocheford, is among the underground group recently captured by Nazis. It won't be long before the Gestapo forces sensitive information out of Lillian that will derail the upcoming Allied invasion, so Max has been tasked with silencing her by any means necessary--including assassination. Terrified by this deadly threat, Genevieve secretly plots to rescue Lillian. There may be seven bitter years of distance between Genevieve and her sister, Emmy, but as the clock runs down on their mother's life, a shared determination to keep the frayed fabric of their family intact reunites them. If only they can navigate the perilous crosscurrents of occupied France undetected--and in time. Deftly portraying the impossible choices faced in wartime, bestselling author Karen Robards vividly illuminates three women's strength, courage and capacity for unconditional love.
Publisher: Toronto : Mira, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9780778388296
Characteristics: 475 pages ;,24 cm.


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Nov 17, 2020

Thanks to a trusted source, I have just discovered author KAREN ROBARDS who has been a published author since 1981. I have read THE BLACK SWAN OF PARIS, a novel set in France (mostly Paris and Normandy) during the last year of World War II. My only regret is that I did find her books before now. There are several more that I want to read as time allows.

The story follows Genevieve Dumont, a star singer in Occupied Europe in cabarets and music halls, whose signature costume resembles a black swan. She is around 25 years old. She started her career in Morocco a few years before the story begins in May 1944.
Her manager is Max Bonet a handsome and charismatic man. Otto Cordier is her driver/bodyguard. They both have alter egos to their public persona.

Dumont’s parent are Baron Paul and Baroness Lillian de Rocheford from a place near Cherbourg on the Normandy coast, near the soon to be D-Day Beaches. They are members of the French Resistance. Genevieve has a sister, Emmanuelle (Emmy) who is currently living in England (since 1939) with her husband. The Black Swan is estranged from her family and has not seen them for seven years because of a traumatic series of events when she was 18.

Obergruppenfuhrer Claus Wagner is a high-ranking member of the Nazi SS in Paris. He is NOT a nice guy. He is the chief interrogator of spies in France. He is ruthless, relentless and cruel. Outwardly, he is debonair and charming.

Some of the characters are not who they seem to be on the surface. The French Resistance is a major player in the story. There are daring rescues and foiled plots. In a climactic scene in Stuttgart, Germany, revenge is taken for previous malevolent acts.

There is action galore. There are scenes of romance. The characters are well developed. I had a chance in 2011 to visit many of the places mentioned in the story. My memories were rekindled by the descriptions of the places.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you love to read stories about WWII, by all means this is for you. There are historical aspects of the story so you will end up smarter than before you read it.


JessicaGma Nov 04, 2020

If you like WWII stories (because there's a lack of them, haha), this one isn't bad. It has a lot of layers and cracks along at a good clip. Genevieve is a great protagonist and this brings you almost to D-Day so it's a good read.

Oct 15, 2020

An OK book, about French civilians under control of the Nazis in WW II. A far better book to read is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Sep 27, 2020

Better than several other WWII novels that I have read lately. There seemed to be no glaring historical errors. I thought the book could have been edited for a tighter story line, but not bad. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 27, 2020

Better than several other WWII novels that I have read lately. There seemed to be no glaring historical errors. I thought the book could have been edited for a tighter story line, but not bad. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Aug 17, 2020

This book was just short of perfect for me. It had a bit of everything. Exciting setting, wonderful characters, suspense, a romance, and a captivating story. It is the best fictional WW II book I have read and I have read a lot of them.

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May 21, 2020

orange_dolphin_689 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 15


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