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Sidenote: I was one of "those" people who hated the idea of e-readers when they first came out because I was afraid that no one would buy hardcover and paperbacks anymore and now I'm one of "those" people who only buys e-books because of their convenience. Total hypocrite.
Anyways, I downloaded the book for $2.99 about a week ago and jumped right in. I couldn't put it down and read through the 384 pages in just two days.
Summary from Amazon:
In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right.Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved.
Now I realize that this kind of book probably isn't everyone's cup of tea, but for someone (like me) who loves historical fiction, and really gritty, powerful books, I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. It's a page-turner that keeps you guessing and so well-written that you really feel connected to the characters. If you haven't read this book already, I highly suggest you give it a try.
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