Monday, February 12, 2018

Pat's Review: Hearts of Resistance

This one is a bit more historical fiction than romance, but Pat adored this book and I know many romance readers do read other genre fiction like this, too. :)

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Hearts of Resistance by Soraya M. Lane
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (January 10, 2018)
Genre: Historical Fiction

At the height of World War II, three women must come together to fight for freedom, for the men they love—and for each other.

When Hazel is given the chance to parachute into Nazi-occupied France, she seizes the opportunity to do more for the British war effort than file paperwork. Alongside her childhood friend, French-born Rose, she quickly rises up the ranks of the freedom fighters. For Rose, the Resistance is a link to her late husband, and a way to move forward without him. What starts out as helping downed airmen becomes a bigger cause when they meet Sophia, a German escapee and fierce critic of Hitler who is wanted by the Gestapo. Together the three women form a bond that will last a lifetime.

But amid the turmoil and tragedy of warfare, all three risk losing everything—and everyone—they hold dear. Will their united front be strong enough to see them through?

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Pat's Review:

This historical fiction novel of the Resistance in France during WWII is spine tingling, heartbreaking and proof that when women are pushed to the limits they can do anything. Three women from different countries and different lifestyles, but all with the same goal, make up this story.

Sophia is the daughter of a high ranking Nazi military soldier. She lives on her own, and has a very dark secret. She rescues Jews, and hides them until they can be moved out of the country safely. She is even protecting her Jewish boyfriend, Alex after his family was taken. After the ultimate betrayal from her father, she knows she has to leave Berlin and get Alex to safety. But she’s not giving up her work.

Hazel is a young women in London, engaged to be married to a British soldier, and desperately wanting to do her part for the country. She is essentially told women belong at home. She is working in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and moving up the ladder from folding parachutes to more intensive work. Seeing her talents, her superiors offer an exciting but extremely dangerous job, with a 50% chance of returning alive. She jumps at the chance.

Rose is from Paris but after the death of her beloved husband, is living in the countryside of Brest. He worked for the Resistance, and paid for it with his life. After rescuing escaping pilots, and being confronted and injured by Nazi soldiers she has found a reason to keep living. Rose insists

“When you have nothing to lose, it makes you brave. Or maybe just stupid?”

These three women, united in fighting the Nazi’s, endure constant fear, hunger, and pain, but they remain strong, devoted to each other and the cause they are fighting. In the acknowledgements, the author commented that this is a fictional account of actual events, and any one of these women could have been real. Each chapter brought anticipation of what could happen next! But I couldn’t stop reading. If you enjoy historical fiction, don’t miss this novel.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 

Have you read Soraya M. Lane (aka, Soraya Lane)? Do you read much historical fiction?


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