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    Great Historical Fiction

    I really enjoyed this page-turner that featured several narrators and starts out in 1941 somewhere near Le Bourget with Maggie Brouillard working for the French Resistance against the wishes of her mother, Rose. Jean-Jacques Brouillard was a famous musician who died suddenly of a heart attack leaving his wife Rose to run the family. The story then moves to Hertfordshire 1949 where Harriet Conway, who has suffered loss of her own, takes on the job as secretary to Rose Brouillard. It isn't long before Harriet figures out that the Brouillard family is very dysfunctional and she starts to discover the family secrets. The story ends in 1950 with all the loose ends nicely wrapped up. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very interesting, fast-paced and sometimes heartbreaking book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Excellent ~ Made me think, feel & care

    In Darkness, Look for the Stars by Clara Benson Conflict, resistance, love, betrayal, ambition...and so much loss. This story was one that did have some happy moments but with war there is tension, fear and ultimately more loss than many can bear. The fight to survive and do what one perceives to be right is not easy and always takes a toll. This story is set in the years of 1940, 1942 and 1949 moving seamlessly from one period to the other in a well scripted story that had me on the edge of my seat. I worried about the pilot dropped behind enemy lines and then about the girl who helped me to safety. I then wondered what would happen to Alec and Maggie and others as they were introduced. I hoped that the people I cared about would make it out unscathed or at least alive but not all of them did. This book really made me think and feel and wonder what I would have done if I found myself in the shoes of Maggie, Cecilia, Harriet or even Rose. I was sad at times and wished the some of the characters had an easier time of it. Having been through a few wars I know it is never easy, people suffer and difficult decisions do not always provide the outcome desired. Life is hard and the characters in this book did not have it easy. What I liked: * Maggie: strong, resilient, focused on doing what she believed to be right. * Harriet: intelligent, caring, moving on with her life as she took on a job that was not easy * Cecilia: suffering losses that broke her in more ways than one – enjoyed seeing her transformation * Rex: a delightful boy who deserved more than he had in those first years of his life * Alec: a good man who made it through the war and found his HEA * Emil: a man of principle * The portions that described music in colors * The plot, writing, characters and story * That it moved me, made me feel and care and as if I was in the story * Thinking about my parents during their romance of the same time period * That the characters faced tough choices in real life situations * The real feel of the story * Meeting a new author and loving the story she told What I did not like: * War – I hate it and wish there was a way around it and this book made me realize this once again * Sensing something was going to happen, wanting to caution the characters and knowing I couldn’t save them from what was coming. Did I like this book? Definitely Would I read more books by this author? Without a doubt Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Brilliantly Crafted Work

    Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of In Darkness, Look For Stars in exchange for my honest review. Ms. Benson has writing a wonderful story that was inspired by the men and women of the French Resistance who died fighting the German Occupation. The characters were all engaging and you grew to care for them with every page you turned. The story moves between the dates of: September 1941 in Le Bourget; Hertfordshire, 1949; Nice, 1941, Hertfordshire, 1950; Paris, 1942, 1943 and 1944. The story involves the lives of the Brouillard family - Mrs. Rose Brouillard and her children Cécilia, Sébastien and Marguerite (Maggie). The story opens with Maggie saving the life of Flight Lieutenant Alec McLeod - he reappears in the story later and plays a large role in the continuing storyline. Another key character is Harriet Conway who goes to Chaffingham House as Mrs. Brouillard's secretary. An important character that weaves through the lives of both Cécilia and Maggie is Emil Ginsburg - a brilliant musician and member of the Resistance. So many things are hidden in that house, so many secrets and the past that they seem trapped in. Things like why Cécilia is in a wheelchair, why she has turned her back on her music. Why does Sébastien resent being forced to practice the violin constantly. The deep secrets that he doesn't want coming to light. The climactic last few chapters made me turn the pages quicker in shock and disbelief - hoping that there was a silver lining at the end of this wonderfully crafted book!
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    A family in turmoil

    In Darkness, Look for Stars was an engaging book from page one. A famous musical family and their trials during and after the war. The over the top expectations of the mother, Rose. The inability of youngest son Sebastian to meet her demands. The disgrace of Cecilia. The heartbreak of Maggie. The death of the father and the eldest son. Rose’s collaboration with the Germans, and the resistance activities of Maggie and Cecelia. The betrayal by Sebastian. Fast forward to after the war is over. Maggie Is dead, Cecelia in a wheelchair, and Sebastian still trying to please his mother and become a famous musician. Enter Harriet the new secretary for Rose. How they all interact, the secrets that finally come out, and the shocking final act by Sebastian, is the story remaining. The book is about the war, it is about resistance, betrayal, forgiveness, and life. Most of all it is about humans and their relationships with each other. It is about some that cannot recover from hurt and some that start new lives and find forgiveness. I enjoyed reading the book, and I would recommend it. Thanks to Clara Benson, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.
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    Great Book

    Excellent read - well written. Will mostly like read it again. Highly recommend this book
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