Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II by Ciji Ware

Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II by Ciji Ware

Ciji Ware comes to the blog today with a story of France during World War II with

Landing by Moonlight

I’ve read a TON of books set in the World War II era, many of which centered on the little acts of resistance performed by ordinary people who were not going to stand for Hitler and ‘foreigners’ taking over their country, their heritage or their land. With some stories resonating in my head from an Uncle who worked in the Resistance during the war, much of the information, facts and imagined conversations have only served to fuel my own interest in people acting for the best in the worst of times. In this story, we are following Colette, and her work for the allies during the war. From simply carrying messages via bicycle as she travels from town to town, to her struggles with confidence, the secrets she bears, and even the weariness of the never-ending stress that living in constant fear of discovery engenders, the story moves quickly from moment to moment.

From simple transport of messages and information through to the ‘night drops’ of infiltrated agents, supplies and other items needed by the forces on the ground, the risks of discovery and death, not to mention the struggles and suspicions as neighbors start to ‘turn’ on one another for small conveniences and a sense of ‘protection’ from the Nazi occupation forces, the struggles and the emotions are real and grab readers’ attention, even if many of the small villages and towns are not familiar. From bringing the countryside to life in the contrast of heinous acts in scenery that is take-your-breath-away gorgeous, the tensions keep readers intrigued and wondering if Colette will survive each trek, or will someone or something give her away.

There are pieces of actual known history mixed in with the story, allowing a grounding in the reality of the war that spurs and speaks to the tensions and dangers that Colette and others face, and those bits of history fill out a story that could exist at any time, in any effort to ‘act against’ an aggressor that is both unwelcome and inhuman. A lovely story and the first I’ve read from this author – it is certain to not be the last.

Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II by Ciji Ware

Title: Landing by Moonlight
Author: Ciji Ware
Genre: Action / Adventure, European History, France, Historic Elements, Historical Fiction, Mystery Elements, Setting: France, Sociological Relevancy, Suspense, Suspense Elements, World War II
Published by: Indie Houses
ISBN: 0999077325
Published on: 19 October, 2019
Source: Author via Tour Company
Pages: 474
Rated: four-stars
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The year is 1942, and American secret agent Catherine Thornton has no idea whether she will be dropped behind enemy lines in an inflatable raft launched from a submarine or be flung through the moonlit sky from a low-flying British Halifax. Either way, the young embassy wife and erstwhile journalist knows there’s always the chance she’ll be picked off by German sharpshooters, although nothing in her imagination prepares her for the trial-by-fire to come.

Only she understands why she volunteered for such “unwomanly warfare” and the secret reasons she joined a handful of female American spies destined to risk her gilded life on French soil--yet former Vichy diplomat Henri Leblanc, code name Claude Foret, thinks he knows the answers.

As Catherine’s missions grow more harrowing each day, and she fears she’s fallen in love with a captured fellow agent, the German SS begin to close in on the world of Madame “Colette Durand” and her Résistance network embedded in coastal cities along the French Riviera—an exposure that could threaten the Allied victory itself.

And hanging in the air like a half-opened parachute is the life-or-death question: Who is the betrayer and who will be betrayed in this, their finest hour?

A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Ciji Ware

Ciji Ware is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve works of historical and contemporary fiction, two of nonfiction, and was short-listed for the Willa [Cather] Literary Award for Historical Fiction in 2012.

A graduate of Harvard University in History, she is an Emmy-award winning television producer, a Dupont awardee for investigative journalism, and an American Bar Association winner of a Silver Gavel for her magazine work. For eighteen years, she was a broadcaster and commentator for KABC Radio/TV in Los Angeles.

A recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Alumni Award in 2004, Ware was the first woman graduate of the university to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide.

Ware and her husband, Tony Cook, live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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3 responses to “Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II by Ciji Ware

  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful review. Yes, I encourage you to read other books by Ciji Ware, she writes really well. And know that’s actually working on a sequel!
    Thanks for sharing, I didn’t know you had an uncle who worked for the Resistance. In what country was he? Both my grand-parents were major Resistance organizers in Dijon, and they were arrested 6 months before the end of the war, and sent to concentration camps. They managed to survive.

  2. Author Ciji Ware here with a big thank you for such an insightful and knowledgable review of a novel set in WWII, especially your reference to this story taking place in areas many would not have thought were involved…for Americans, the gorgeous French Riviera. I was determined to portray the area where a virtual D-Day-2 took place with hundreds-of-thousand troops and paratroopers landed from Toulon to Cannes and Nice on August 15, 1944. For me, knowing this history is as important for Americans and for the French populace that endured the hideous time of Nazi occupation in a Western democracy. Bravery on both sides deserves to be recognized and honored. Happy continued reading, everyone!

    • It was the first I’d read that dealt with the Vichy government directly – and like the stories of Alsace involvement of ‘regular people’ supplemented with help from the Brits – it provided a clear description of the ‘scene’ and the difficulties of existing on two or three different planes / faces during the war.

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