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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Lost Diary of Cécile Dubonnet: Forgetting the Yesterdays of World War II by A P Harper is a historical fiction novel with a solid plot and even stronger characters. The story opens in Paris, 1999, when Hénri Durant decided to remodel his apartment. He wasn’t expecting to find an old diary underneath his floorboards. The diary belonged to 20-year-old Cécile Dubonnet who lived there in 1938 when the Second World War was about to wreak havoc in the world. Young and innocent, Cécile fell in love with a German diplomat named Ludwig König. As the naïve Cécile fell in love, the chaos of war began and changed her life forever. She wasn’t expecting the changes but fate had other plans for her. Hénri had no idea that reading a hidden diary would change his life forever.
I was not expecting The Lost Diary of Cécile Dubonnet to take the turn it did and what an awesome turn it was. I loved how the story was not just flashbacks and a dry ending in the present. Author A P Harper actually gave us a good fragmented story that came together to become a masterpiece. I loved the diary entries but I also adored Hénri and how he reacted after reading Cécile’s story. I loved how the flow of the story changed toward the end. Ruth’s character was vital to the development and to Hénri’s quest to find what he was looking for (you will have to read it to find out what it was). The ending was bittersweet, but it was perfect. It followed the pace of the story and its theme; it gave Hénri a direction and a purpose, something that he had been lacking at the beginning of the story. His development followed the development of the plot and these complemented each other! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a new perspective on WW2.