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  • Secret, Lives and Love

    Secrets, Lies, love, in Vichy France at the beginning of the German occupation. I know my history, but I somehow always wish that France with its beauty and splendor was overlooked by the Germans; that General Petain hadn't cut a deal with Hitler so that one half of France would be occupied and the other half would be unoccupied or a "free zone" which committed the people of France to the horror it experienced not only by the Nazi's but by their own friends, family, and police. So many Vineyards were destroyed by lack of water or taken to be used for the entertainment of the German's and French Shadow Puppet Regime. So many lives ruined because of French Leadership. It breaks my heart. The Girl from Vichy is one of those books that bring out a wide range of emotions. My first emotion was gladness for the fairytale vision of Adele's father's vineyard and all the nooks and cranny's his wine cellar held. Then it was disgust and rage from encounters that young Adele has in forms of forced relationships. Most of all I am in awe of Adele's found strength, how she takes risks that show she understands the situations that the people of Vichy are placed in and wants to encourage them to hold strong against the Milice and the Nazi regime. When I read, The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton I was enthralled by the depth of research to detail and setting that Ms. Newton had done and the characters that she had created, especially Ella, who you watch grow from a young naive teen to a confident young woman. The Progression of Ella's strength, maturity, compassion, and how the story was written made me want more from this debuted Author. So when I read that Ms. Newton was writing a new book, It was placed on my "watch-for and must-read" list! The Girl from Vichy hasn't let me down. Once again, Andie Newton has created a world that you can smell, breathe, taste. A world where you want to slap the smugness off a character's face when they walk into their scene and hug those who desperately need it. I wanted to outright cheer (and I actually did, my husband thought. I was nuts when I told him it had to do with something that happened in a book. 😂) You will want to take weeds and turn them into symbols of hope right alongside Adele. Summer is a time for love and this is also a summer read. If you love Historical Fiction, learning about different countries and it's people, love characters you grow to appreciated and care for and find escape through danger and intrigue than this book is for you!

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  • Absolutely Fantastic Read!

    The Girl from Vichy is now my standard for captivating and immersive historical fiction. Fast paced, and an overall outstanding book with strong characters, each with their own hurdles to overcome. The author did her research, the historical note will immediately suck you in. I knew little about Vichy during the war and I couldn't believe the heart wrenching choices people had to to make. But at the same time I was riveted with a heart-pounding plot. I could not turn the pages quick enough. The author created a loveable and admiring character in Adele, and an equally distasteful and conflicted character with Gerard. The story between Adele's parents, and her sister was immersive, and one of the most interesting and intriguing family dynamics I've read in a long time. Marguerite and Adele's friendship is something I will carry with me a long time. This book is something I will think about for a long time. Highly recommend this book!

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  • wonderful book

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. This book was so good. Usually when I finish one book, I start the next one right away; with this book, I needed time to think about and absorb what I read. It was haunting and heartbreaking, it was filled with love and hope, it showed the horrors of war from the perspective of Adele, a young woman in Vichy who was watching her country be torn apart, watching her family be torn apart by the decisions of government. We follow her through the decisions she makes for herself and eventually for the resistance. Knowing that this was based on real events made it even more heartbreaking, what these women did, the strength of character, not just standing on the sidelines hoping for change but actually risking their lives for what they believe in. I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

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  • The girl from Vichy

    Livre excellent, basé sur des documents d'époque. J'ai adoré ce livre, plein de rebondissements inattendus. On ne peut que louer le courage des résistants français, situation bien rendue dans ce livre. Merci à l'auteure pour ces heures de lecture passionnantes.

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  • The Vichy Woman

    A different look at World War II efforts in France by the resistance and the brave women who risked everything for their country. Exciting, frightening, sad, and beautiful.

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