4 out of 4 stars
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Every parent wants the best for their children. That's why I understood why Mark Lichter's parents moved their only son to Paris, instead of letting him stay in Germany. This wonderful story takes place during World War 2. It is called VieVie La Fontaine. It is written by Linda Heavner Gerald.
Mark is a college student studying Law, which he dreads. What he really wants to do is paint. When he is told by his parents that they are moving him to Paris, he is excited to leave. He believes that his parents are just being paranoid, and is surprised by the move. His parents know that it is not safe for him to stay in Germany, since they are Jewish. Before he leaves to Paris, his father warns him not to fall in love with the beautiful VieVie La Fontaine, but when does a teenager ever listen to their parents. When he gets to Paris, he moves in with friends of his family, and starts having the time of his life. Soon he realizes that his parents weren't just paranoid. Things are going down hill in Paris fast, when the Germans start taking over. What will happen to his parents back home and also to Paris? What will happen to him and to all the people that he loves? Will the Germans find out that he is Jewish?
The first thing that attracted me to this story, was the beautiful front cover. I was also curious about the title of the book. Throughout the book, you learn what is so special about this VieVie La Fontaine. The story was very easy to read. The chapters are fairly short. There wasn't a dull moment in the book. Whether you love history or like romances, you would appreciate this book. It was very interesting to learn what it was like in Paris during this time period. I do not usually think about France, when I think of World War 2. I've learned a lot of interesting information such as, the rations that were put on food, clothing, tobacco. What I thought was very brutal, was the lack of coal. There were some very cold winters, and a lot of people trying to get warm. I've also learned about the curfews that they've had. Most importantly, I've learned more about the France Resistance Movement. I've really enjoyed getting to know Mark, and seeing how the war has made him a stronger man. Mark expresses his feeling throughout the book, which helped him sound more like a real person. I liked VieVie La Fontaine and her husband. They took Mark into their home, and made him feel loved. One of my favorite characters is Lotte Moreau. She was Mark's neighbor. She would check on him from time to time. The author gives a lot of detail on what is happening throughout the world, and what people are going through. The ending was good and also unpredictable.
I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. I've tried to find something that I didn't like about this story, but I didn't find anything. It is surprisingly, not too violent. There are also not many sex scenes. I didn't find any grammar errors while reading this book. I think anyone who has an interest in World War 2, or in Paris would enjoy this book. if you like romances or dramas, you might also enjoy it. Anyone that doesn't like these genres, might not like this book so well.
I am blessed that I had a chance to read this book. It was a nice book to end the year with. I hope many people enjoy this book as well.
VieVie La Fontaine
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