A Week in Paris Paperback – 9 Oct 2014
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The Paris of both ages is beautifully drawn and the women's stories are skilfully interwoven, resulting in a richly emotional story, suspenseful and romantic, but unflinching in its portrayal of the dreadful reality and legacy of war. --Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror
About the Author
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her previous novels are The Dream House, The Memory Garden, The Glass Painter's Daughter, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets, which was picked by Richard and Judy for their book club, A Gathering Storm, which was shortlisted for the RONA Historical Novel of the Year 2012 and the latest bestseller, The Silent Tide.
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Fay is an accomplished violinist who first travels to Paris during her teens and despite her mother, Kitty’s reservations, she relents and lets her daughter go. While there Fay has a frightening incidence of deja vue which disturbs her because she knows she has never visited France before.
Years later her mother’s sadness over the death of Fay’s father at times appear to overwhelm her and this is only compounded now that Fay has left home and is on the verge of travelling to Paris once again, this time as a second violinist in an orchestra for a week long event. With her early life shrouded in mystery Fay is shocked when she is given the task of visiting the convent where her mother had stayed when she was a pupil at the conservatoire in Paris and she seizes the opportunity to find out more about her mother and her own childhood.
With most of the story set in Paris, in 1961 and earlier during World War II Rachel Hore has written an intertwined tale, Fay’s ‘present’ is narrated by herself as she begins to trace her mother’s footsteps while Kitty’s story is told mainly through the eyes of an old friend Nathalie which brings to life the reality of living in Paris during the troubled years of the war years.Read more ›
The book gets better half way through but not Rachel's best effort. Try some of her other novels instead.
A Week in Paris opens with a brief glimpse of a five year old girl in an orphanage in Norfolk, England. Who is she and why is she there? Next we meet the main characters Kitty and Fay Knox. Fay is a teenager on a school trip to Paris when in Notre Dame Cathedral she experiences an uneasy feeling that leaves her shaken. She feels she has been here before but as far as she knows she has never previously travelled to Paris. What is going on and why does Fay feel her mother – Kitty, has not told her the truth about her past? Fast forward a number of years to England, Kitty now a music teacher goes about her daily life having raised Fay on her own after the death of her father Eugene in wartime Paris. Kitty has tried her best to raise Fay supplementing her income giving piano lessons. But Kitty hides a deep, dark secret that if exposed will turn the Knox’s entire world upside down.
Unable to cope with the years of pressure and secrecy Kitty has a nervous breakdown and is placed in a home in an attempt to overcome her issues.Read more ›
This is an extraordinarily well-written novel (despite its author's day job). It tells of the search by Fay Knox, a talented young violinist, for the truth of her first five years of life. Her mother, Kitty, an accomplished pianist, has always told her that she spent the war years living in Richmond, London and that her father, a doctor, was killed in an air raid. She has never doubted that account. But then something odd happens on a school trip to Paris in 1957. Fay has never been abroad before, or so she thinks, and yet, while visiting Notre Dame, she has a strange experience. She thinks she has been to Paris before. But how could that be?
Four years later, as a member of a London orchestra, she returns to Paris to play in several concerts. Before she leaves, her mother tells her to look in a trunk in the cottage in Norfolk where she lived from the age of five. She finds a small rucksack. Inside there is a label. On one side the words "Fay Knox, Southampton" were written. On the other was an address: "Couvent Ste-Cecile, Paris". She determines to find out what it means.
I must not say too much about what Fay discovers. Suffice it to say that it is an astounding story of love, courage and hardship in occupied Paris during the war. But have things really changed that much? Fay's week in Paris is marred by scenes of police brutality towards Algerians who are seeking independence for their country.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read from Rachel Hore as always. Full of intrigue and compassion, couldn't wait to see what would happen next,therefore a page turner .Published 14 days ago by wendy chatfield
An enjoyable read and very informative about life in the time of the last war.Published 14 days ago by Liz Smith
Fay is visiting Paris as a schoolgirl when she experiences some alarming flashbacks, yet she has never been there before.............or has she? Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mrs Katrina Oliver
A wonderful mysterious Paris, full of secrets and mystery. I loved recognising the locations and being pulled into the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sophie C
I hate to give just 3 stars but although I enjoyed the book I felt it was maybe a little
long. some of the more important storylines seem to rushed the ending for example an... Read more
A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore.
This book was not as good as previous books of the authors.
I looked forward to reading it but, did not really come up to my... Read more