Wednesday 11 January 2023

Daughters of War (Daughters of War #1) by Dinah Jefferies

From Goodreads

A new sweeping historical novel of World War II from the international bestselling author of The Tea Planter’s Wife.  Available to pre-order now!

France, 1944.
In an old stone cottage, on the edge of a beautiful French village, three sisters long for the end of the war.
Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening.

Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost.

And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free.

Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear… 

The first in an epic new series from the #1 international bestselling author, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…

My thoughts

My thanks to the Publishers via NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. 

This is the first book in a planned trilogy by the Author set around the second World War.  The story features three sisters that live in a French village, as many people living during the war the three sisters are longing for the war to end and for them to be able to live a free life without all the pressures that the war has put on them all.

Told in alternating chapters, we find out what is happening to them all from the three sisters separately, each sisters character is completely different and they all have differing points of views.  It's not easy being young and female during the occupation, females are more at risk in many ways and need to be protected as much as they can.  The eldest sister Helene finds herself trying to take charge, but sometimes it's not always easy being the eldest and you yearn to be one of the younger ones without as many pressures to cope with. 

I enjoyed the story and was soon drawn into the lives of the three sisters and all that they had to contend with.  We can only imagine what it was like for the people who lived then and how they must have feared for their lives on more than one occasion, putting themselves in danger as they tried to cope with what was happening around them.  I look forward to reading the next one in due course to see where we are taken on the journey with them. 

Dinah Jefferies knows how to tell a good yarn and this is definitely a good yarn to settle down with.  If you fancy finding out how the sisters cope with what life has to throw at them, then grab yourself a copy to read.

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