The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

The Race for Paris

Rating: ★★★1/2

Genre: Historical fiction

Medium: Paperback

Synopsis: The Race for Paris follows two photojournalists and a military reporter trying to be the first ones to Paris.  Jane and Liv, the photojournalists, refuse to take orders and resign themselves to going AWOL.  Their ride, Fletcher, is reluctant to take them along, but during their months-long ride, Fletcher falls in love, and Liv refuses to share a secret that can ruin her career and her life.

Review: I am normally not one for historical fiction, but I am one for anything to do with France.  Clayton introduces each chapter with a quote that sets the tone for the following section, and helps her audience view a primary source of what it was like to be in the middle of a war.  I’m nowhere near being a history buff, so this helped immensely.  Clayton uses beautiful imagery to contrast the grittiness of war alongside the cleanliness of being away from the front, to compare the struggles of women attempting to make their careers to those of men whose careers are already made, and to show just how important it is to these characters to take photos and how important it is for them to stay alive.

In the midst of war, broken families, and degrading marriages, these two women do what seems to be impossible–and that is a plotline I can get behind.

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