Today I have a real treat courtesy of France Book Tours: Wolfsangel by Liza Perrat. Aside from your checking out the other stops on this tour- you will want to enter my giveaway. If you are a reader from the EU-you can enter to win a signed paperback copy. All US readers can enter to win one of 2 eBook copies of this title. Drawings will end at 11.59 EST (-5 GMT) on 18 November, 2013.
This was one of many stories that I have read that explore WWII and the occupation from the perspective of those who were there. Liza Perrat has written from the perspective of Celeste, a young French woman who lives with her family in a small village. Her brother, a truism for many families of the time, worked with the Resistance, although he won’t share information with her or tell her how she can be involved as he is trying to protect her. Also, not an uncommon hurdle for women of that day to overcome, the refusal of those in the Resistance to use women, particularly innocent women; part chivalry and part logical belief that their women were often untutored in the deceptions required for a woman operating against the Germans. While Celeste doesn’t understand the reluctance, and often can’t see the forest for trees, she also emulates one of the feared problems.
See, Celeste finds herself falling in love with a German officer. I will admit that I could see her reasons and the attraction, even though I saw her immaturity at 19 to process forward the issues that this relationship could cause for her family and herself. While she wishes to participate, her faith in Martin create several conflicts that she is unprepared to process.
Forward and present in this novel are the hopes, dreams, hardships and struggles presented by the Nazi Occupation: and written in such a way that readers can instantly bond with Celeste, understand her questions, and see her quandaries. What we hear of often is the ‘peaceful’ occupation and the less savory side of the overwhelming environment of fear, deception, and treachery from friends, neighbors and even family isn’t always defined or displayed. Perrat manages to present all of these elements into a form that places a reader in the center of the action, and gives them a reason to read on.
This book holds all: fear, love, selfish and selflessness, and the omnipresent sense that hope will conquer all. Presented in lovely prose with characters that leap off the pages, you will be transported for the time it takes to read this story, and be thinking of it long after.
Author: Liza Perrat
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Historical Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction
Published by: Self-Published
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Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.
1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.
When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.
As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for her country.
Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen.
The decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.
A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.
(The story involves a small amount of sex, but not graphic. It contains the violence of WW2, but again, not graphic, except one event at the end of the story, which is quite graphic and could be a bit shocking).
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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