Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Renee at It’s Book Talk. It’s designed as an opportunity to share old favourites as well as books that we’ve finally got around to reading that were published over a year ago. If you decide to take part, please link back to It’s Book Talk.
This week’s book, Flight Before Dawn, is one I’ve had sitting in my review pile for quite some time and I’d like to thank the author, Megan Easley-Walsh, for showing such patience while it slowly made its way to the top of the pile.
About the Book
Before there was D-Day… For over two years, she’s watched him. Now he’s on her doorstep. This is life in the Resistance. In Normandy in 1943, Victoire leads a band of the Resistance. When Leal, the man she’s had watched for over two years, arrives at her doorstep, she’ll have to face new challenges in war and in love. Robberies, a kidnapping and clandestine night adventures were not what Victoire planned for her life. She most certainly never planned to be betrayed. But war – and love – are unpredictable. Joined by her friend Rainier, the mysterious Voleta and Father Pierre, Victoire and Leal must struggle for survival, the grounds of France, and the material of their souls. When Leal unearths a twenty-five-year-old secret, with Victoire at the centre, her whole life is shaken. As the Allies approach, the past, present and future hang in the balance. Can anyone be trusted when the world spins upside down?
Format: ebook (366 pp.), Paperback (366 pp.) Publisher: Pronoun/Ingram
Published: 2016 Genre: Historical Fiction
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Set in occupied France in World War II, this is an exciting story of life in the French Resistance which has as its chief character the brave and resourceful Victoire.
The author effectively conveys the atmosphere of suspicion experienced by those living through those times and, for those involved in Resistance activities, the constant fear of discovery, the difficulty of knowing who to trust and the consequences of the wrong move or careless word. There are twists and turns aplenty and sudden reveals which are effectively positioned by the author to wrong foot the reader. Plus, not everyone turns out to be exactly who they say they are!
The author has clearly done her research into the structure and activities of the French Resistance during that period because the detail of their operations is convincing. The book also sheds a light on the different motives of those who joined the Resistance: fighting for freedom as a principle, the desire to rid the world of the evil excesses of fascism or revenge of a more personal nature.
It was a really entertaining story set in a period of history I love with all the loose ends satisfyingly brought together. At times, the writing didn’t quite flow for me, however the story of Victoire and the other characters drew me in, the book is well-paced and well-structured so this didn’t significantly affect my enjoyment.
I received a review copy courtesy of the author in return for an honest review. You can read my interview with Megan about the book here.
In three words: Suspenseful, atmospheric, well-researched
Try something similar…The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
About the Author
Megan Easley-Walsh is an author of historical fiction, a researcher, and a writing consultant and editor at www.ExtraInkEdits.com. She is an award-winning writer and has taught college writing in the UNESCO literature city of Dublin, Ireland. Her degrees are in history-focused International Relations. She is American and lives in Ireland with her Irish husband.
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