Author(s): Karen McMillan
San Fransisco, 1948. Having survived the Second World War against all odds, Celina and her family arrive on a Liberty Ship into the Bay Area with high hopes for their new lives. But as new immigrants they face many hurdles, and they have to deal somehow with the trauma of war and the grief of losing loved ones. Betrayal and more heartbreak are just around the corner. Why is it that now they are finally safe, Celina cannot sleep and is afraid of her dreams? And who is the mysterious jazz singer who will have such an impact on their family? A page-turning, historical read set in the spectacular hilly city of San Francisco, 'The Paris of the West' goes from the jazz clubs in the Fillmore District to the sun-kissed vineyards of Sonoma.
Praise for The Paris of the East: 'A tender love story which offers a glimpse of hope for a better future, and reminds us that humanity and kindness ultimately always prevail.' - NEXT Magazine 'Admirable characters and well-researched writing' - New Zealand Herald 'The weaving of truth and imagination blurs the lines of fiction into a compelling and enjoyable read.' - Australian Women's Weekly
Karen McMillan is the author of fiction and non-fiction. Her books include the bestselling The Paris of the East, Unbreakable Spirit, Unleash Your Inner Seductress, Watching Over Me and Feast or Famine. Karen lives in Auckland, New Zealand.