Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

“The sky out the glass roof of her Vega Gull was as crimson as the airplane.”

Genre: Historical Fiction

Number of Pages: 416

Date of Publication: 30 November 2021

Publisher: Harper Collins

Rated: 4.5/5

My Review Summary: A carefully crafted story based on real life events.


Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety.

Photographer Edouard Moss has escaped Germany with his young daughter only to be interned in a French labor camp. His life collides with Nanée’s in this sweeping tale of romance and danger set in a world aflame with personal and political passion.

Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France, The Postmistress of Paris is the haunting story of an indomitable woman whose strength, bravery, and love is a beacon of hope in a time of terror.


This book came up on Random Things Tours and I decided to give it a go as it wasn’t something I would usually read. It was a lovely book that was well written and inspiring. Whilst I didn’t get into it straight away, it wasn’t long before I was away.

The book was set out in 5 parts, each part with a quote from someone who was an inspiration for the story. Each part was then broken up into neat little chapters which were headed with a date and a place which I found both interesting and helpful.

The chapters were short and based on one character’s view at a time, which I found made the story interesting and clear about what was happening. Due to the subject matter it could quite easily have got confused with everything that went on, but I found it clear and engaging. 

The attention to detail was excellent. I really felt like I was there with the characters (which was heartbreaking at times). Sometimes it did slow the story down, but it gave it a more realistic feel and a snapshot of what life was actually like. It made me appreciate what we have now and despite the pandemic here in the UK we are still able to go about our lives without the fear of being thrown into a camp. 

The characters were brilliant and I loved the way that they were based on real people. For me that added realism to the tale and highlighted the messages of love, hope and courage. Whilst there are bad people out there, there are always good ones to balance them out. There were often thought provoking conversations between the characters which I liked.

Lastly the settings. They were well described and added to the horror in some cases, and comfort in others. There was a good blend of both which made the story well balanced and again, I think reinforced the messages of love, hope and courage. 

Overall it was a beautiful book and one that I am glad I was given the opportunity to read. I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction.

⭐Rated 4.5/5⭐

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