Leon and Louise, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Summer 1918. The First World War is drawing to a close when Leon Le Gall, a French teenager from Cherbourg who has dropped out of school and left home, falls in love with Louise Janvier.

Both are severely wounded by German artillery fire, are separated, and believe each other to be dead.

Briefly reunited two decades later, the two lovers are torn apart again by Louise's refusal to destroy Leon's marriage and by the German invasion of France.

In occupied Paris during the Second World War, where Leon struggles against the abhorrent tasks imposed upon him by the SS, and the wilds of Africa, where Louise confronts the hardships of her primitive environment, they battle the vicissitudes of history and the passage of time for the survival of their love.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing Limited
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Romance
  • ISBN: 9781908323132



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This is a hard book for me to review because while I admired the writing I never became emotionally involved in the story. When one talks about fabulous love stories, I think of Dr. Zhivago, Gone with the Wind, The English Patient, or some such. This love affair, while it was enduring, was mostly spent apart. It was very literary, not at all touchy feely. I did like the character of Leon, who I gather was the author's grandfather and is the character the reader come to know the most. This book is almost written as a memoir, somewhat in a removed, detached way. There is some humor and the book gets more interesting in the second half, after the Germans take Paris. So there is much to admire, it is worth reading, I just never really wholeheartedly connected with the story.

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