The Last Hours in Paris

A Novel


By Ruth Druart

Read by Daphne Kouma

Read by Jess Nesling

Read by Ben Jacobsen

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From the author of While Paris Slept comes a story of great love, betrayal, and redemption, set in WWII and 1960s France and England.

"Words are power. They can bring you down, lift you up, make your heart soar, make you fall in love. Or make you hate."

Paris 1944. Elise Chevalier knows what it is to love…and to hate. Her fiancé, a young French soldier, was killed by the German army at the Maginot Line. Living amongst the enemy, Elise must keep her rage buried deep within.

Sebastian Kleinhaus no longer recognizes himself. Forced to join the Third Reich and wear a uniform he despises, he longs for a way out. For someone, anyone, to be his salvation.

Brittany 1963. Reaching for the suitcase under her mother’s bed, eighteen-year-old Josephine Chevalier uncovers a secret that shakes her to the core. Determined to find the truth, she travels to Paris where she learns the story of a forbidden love as a city fought for its freedom. Of the last stolen hours before the first light of liberation. And of a betrayal so deep that it would irrevocably change the course of two young lives life forever.


  • "[Ruth Druart] made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty." 
    Natasha Lester, Author of The Paris Secret, Praise for While Paris Slept
  • "[Ruth Druart is] a brilliant and bold new novelist . . . [she] fills each page with thrilling suspense, uncommon emotional depth, and fascinating characters."
    Imogen Kealey, Author of Liberation, Praise for While Paris Slept
  • "Good people coping with an impossible situation are at the heart of Druart’s [writing]."
    Publishers Weekly, Praise for While Paris Slept
  • "Druart penetrates to the heart of . . . emotional questions."
    Historical Novel Society, Praise for While Paris Slept

On Sale
Jul 19, 2022
Hachette Audio

Ruth Druart

About the Author

Ruth Druart grew up on the Isle of Wight, leaving to study psychology at Leicester University. She moved to Paris in 1993, where she enjoyed a career in teaching at Marymount International School of Paris before turning to writing full-time. She now runs a weekly writing group in a Parisian café.

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