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After Paris: A Historical Fiction about a WW1 nurse and her post-war search for identity.

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From Shortlisted Author of the 2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Renny deGroot, comes a new Historical Fiction. Liesbeth Zwart forges her identity with courage and aptitude while nursing in France during WW1. As Liesbeth Bos, she feels that identity melting away; the skills she needed as a nurse in Paris are of little use to her as a wife and mother in post-war Netherlands. From Shortlisted Author of the 2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Renny deGroot, comes a new Historical Fiction. Liesbeth Zwart forges her identity with courage and aptitude while nursing in France during WW1. As Liesbeth Bos, she feels that identity melting away; the skills she needed as a nurse in Paris are of little use to her as a wife and mother in post-war Netherlands. As she grapples to adjust to her new reality, she is confronted with a shocking discovery that sends her fleeing with her young daughter to start a new life in Canada. The New World forces Liesbeth to reassess her own life and beliefs, but will it be enough to save her fractured family?


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From Shortlisted Author of the 2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Renny deGroot, comes a new Historical Fiction. Liesbeth Zwart forges her identity with courage and aptitude while nursing in France during WW1. As Liesbeth Bos, she feels that identity melting away; the skills she needed as a nurse in Paris are of little use to her as a wife and mother in post-war Netherlands. From Shortlisted Author of the 2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Renny deGroot, comes a new Historical Fiction. Liesbeth Zwart forges her identity with courage and aptitude while nursing in France during WW1. As Liesbeth Bos, she feels that identity melting away; the skills she needed as a nurse in Paris are of little use to her as a wife and mother in post-war Netherlands. As she grapples to adjust to her new reality, she is confronted with a shocking discovery that sends her fleeing with her young daughter to start a new life in Canada. The New World forces Liesbeth to reassess her own life and beliefs, but will it be enough to save her fractured family?

30 review for After Paris: A Historical Fiction about a WW1 nurse and her post-war search for identity.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sharron Elkouby

    Set against the backdrop of World War I and the immediate post-war period, Renny de Groot’s second novel, “After Paris” traces the physical and psychological journey of Liesbeth Zwart-Bos, a young Dutch nurse. This fascinating page-turner explores the themes of the horrors of war, the role of women in society and the hardships of immigration. As we follow Liesbeth through her travels to France, back home to the Netherlands and ultimately to Canada, we simultaneously witness her voyage through he Set against the backdrop of World War I and the immediate post-war period, Renny de Groot’s second novel, “After Paris” traces the physical and psychological journey of Liesbeth Zwart-Bos, a young Dutch nurse. This fascinating page-turner explores the themes of the horrors of war, the role of women in society and the hardships of immigration. As we follow Liesbeth through her travels to France, back home to the Netherlands and ultimately to Canada, we simultaneously witness her voyage through her identity crisis, with her emotional maturity as the final destination. Once again Renny deGroot has proven herself to be a skilled storyteller, as we become emotionally invested in her characters and their struggles.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Iain J McGilveray

    Dutch nurse courage This was a splendid, interesting book with an unusual woman struggling with changes in women’s’ lives and careers precipitated by the 1st world war and its aftermath leading to the Great Depression. The change for women with the horrors of nursing the devastated men returning from the front is excellently conveyed. The key character is a rather tortured soul who is rather selfish in causing havoc in her marriage. Her husband is rather saintly and she is blest with a gem of a d Dutch nurse courage This was a splendid, interesting book with an unusual woman struggling with changes in women’s’ lives and careers precipitated by the 1st world war and its aftermath leading to the Great Depression. The change for women with the horrors of nursing the devastated men returning from the front is excellently conveyed. The key character is a rather tortured soul who is rather selfish in causing havoc in her marriage. Her husband is rather saintly and she is blest with a gem of a daughter. Unusual geographic locations certainly add to the tensions experienced. There is need for a sequel as one can imagine the impact of ww2 on the characters and the bright daughter has far to go.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anja Hertle

    In After Paris, the reader is really drawn into the story of Liesbeth and her experiences as a nurse in World War I and subsequently her difficulty leading a "normal" life after the war. As an immigrant to Canada ( albite not in the early 1900's) I enjoyed reading her descriptions of life in Canada during the early 1900. The story carries you along and makes the book hard to put down. In After Paris, the reader is really drawn into the story of Liesbeth and her experiences as a nurse in World War I and subsequently her difficulty leading a "normal" life after the war. As an immigrant to Canada ( albite not in the early 1900's) I enjoyed reading her descriptions of life in Canada during the early 1900. The story carries you along and makes the book hard to put down.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan Carter

    I loved how Liesbeth, the nurse, brought to life the realities of being a woman during World War I. Living a life of trauma following the experience of war is not only the unfortunate fate of soldiers. A very interesting read! A good choice for readers who like understanding the social evolution of woman, as well as WWI enthusiasts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Penny Lee Watt

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna Kelly

  8. 5 out of 5

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Shelagh Pepper

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Sansone

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Stuart

  12. 5 out of 5

    Theodore D. Weiden

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    Judy

  14. 4 out of 5

    amalia

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    Sherri

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ros Christie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Parks

  18. 4 out of 5

    Renny deGroot

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Baker

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ms C Collins

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Miller

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laurajw

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jodie Graham

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vera

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    Laura Jarvis-Whitehead

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna Kelly

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine Vande Velde

  30. 4 out of 5

    Helen Wainwright

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