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    Historical fiction at its best !

    If only there were more than 5 stars to give , I would not hesitate. When We Were Brave is both a heartbreaking and inspiring book that pays to tribute to all those during the War who were put their lives on the line from fighting, to resistance, to spying for a cause that gave us our freedom. I cant imagine . The story is told from the perspective of 1944 when Vivi disappears with an enemy soldier never to be seen again and from present day when her great niece Sophie finds a picture from the war of Vivi You soon get lost in the story , you are nervous for Vivi and the pages turn quickly. Sophie is a big part of the story as she traces the story behind the picture. I hated the book to end and I know I will think often of this book. If you haven't read A View Across the Rooftops by Suzanne Kelman , get your copy today. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the privilege of reading When We Were Brave.
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    Exceptional historical fiction.

    Historical Fiction seems to be my go to these past months, and When We Were Brave ranks right up there at the top. This affecting story is told in both 1944 Cornwall and present day London. Sophie finds a photograph of her great-aunt Vivi from World War II. This is very confusing to Sophie because this picture and the memories she has been told her entire life do not match up. During the war, Vivienne Hamilton eloped to Paris with a Nazi POW. This was something her family was ashamed of, and that is why. until Sophie happened upon the picture, Vivi's name had never been discussed. Sophie studies the photograph, and she gets help when she can, and it becomes more and more evident that Vivi's story was simply one of love. It seems more and more that Vivi was involved in so much more, and that might be why she apparently disappeared. As Sophie has taken her questions to Cornwall, and talks to various people secrets are coming to light. Whether the story was being told in the past, or in the present, I was captivated throughout. The war effort was at full swing, and the spy network had an amazing agenda, as it turned out. Sophie's story was intriguing as well. In great fashion, Suzanne Kelman has penned another fantastic story. When reading historical fiction there is something to learn about during that period of war. In this case it was the complicated spy network, the British SOE. Just as I will never forget the other book I read by her, The View Across the Rooftops, this is one I will not forget either. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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    Outstanding Book

    Expertly blended with seamless style, this is a story of two powerful women...one is lost to family by her supposed treachery, the other is on a quest for the truth.. Riveting and unrelenting, you will be drawn in from the first page. Told with two distinct voices, this is a gorgeous Literary Historical Fiction read. A photograph sets the stage for the search for truth about an"Aunt Vivienne" who was disowned, despised and forgotten, because of the heinous, unforgivable act she committed. Her great niece "Sophie" takes up the challenge to understand what happened to seal her Aunt's fate. "When We Were Brave" unfolds with characters that are competing to be heard and understood; leaving clues like breadcrumbs in the forest, if only someone could look deep enough, through all the layers of lies, to the truth that waits to be found. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture and the author, Ms. Suzanne Kelman, for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "When We Were Brave". The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
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    Dual Timeline

    When We Were Brave is a dual timeline historical fiction book. Sophie is in present day London when she discovers a woman in a picture from WWII that has to be related to her. Sophie soon finds out she had a great aunt Vivienne that no one talks about. Vivi seems to have turned Nazi and the family went through years of shame due to her actions. Sophie must discover more about Vivi no matter what she did, Sophie must discover the truth. If for no other reason than to just help her through the losses she has suffered in the last year. the other POV is Vivienne's POV during WWII. She is able to tell her story first person throughout the book and I won't review that part, to do so would give spoilers. When We Were Brave is more fiction than history, the characters are fictitious, however, the book is inspired by the real events of the Physician or Prosper Spy Network. The Network was known by either name and it operated under the French division of Britain's SOE. It was infiltrated by the Germans and hundreds of spies were captured with 80 being killed. Thank you #NetGalley for the opportunity to read #WhenWeWereBrave and allowing me to give my honest review. When We Were Brave is an enjoyable, well written book that I can recommend!
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    Review of When we were brave

    An excellent book about the French resistance and SOE operatives in WWII interlaced with the modern day. Couldn’t put it down till I reached the end.
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