This is the first book, I’ve read by Fiona Valpy(it certainly won’t be the last)and I have to say I loved it.
Fiona tells the story of two women, Eliane set in the Second World War and Abi, set in 2017 who’s trying to overcome a personal tragedy of her own. Eliane’s story is the struggle of her coping with the effects of the Nazis occupying the town she lives in and how she, along with her family and a few others, fight back in their own way. Meanwhile Abi, has gone to France to recover from a personal tragedy (that I won’t spoil) and gets offered an opportunity that’s too hard to pass up and hears a story that keeps her hooked.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I was hooked from start, although it took me a little longer to get into Eliane’s story than Abi’s, but once I did I devoured both. Fiona weaves these stories seamlessly and intriguingly. And I couldn’t wait to see how it was going finish and what happened to each character.
This book is so well written, proving what a great writer Fiona Valpy is. Fiona manages to capture the horror and despair of the Second World War whilst keep it honest and hopeful, showing what a great story teller she it.
So, if you’re looking for a new historical fiction book to read or in-fact just a good book, then this is the book for you.