Bravery, courage, fear, treachery and love in a time of war.
A chance meeting draws Sabine Faure into the shadowy world of the French Resistance. Whilst acting as courier she meets four youths of her own age who wish to also join the Resistance. She is drawn to one in particular, Hérisson, who becomes her lover. Family loyalties are stretched to the limits as Sabine’s family try to navigate safely through the occupation.
Set in Dordogne in South-west France during World War II, the friends’ relationships and strengths are tested to the limits as life changes in horrific ways, The friends find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
What I Thought:
‘Liberty‘ is the first book in Eilidh McGinness’ epic Resistance trilogy featuring life under Nazi occupation in the Dordogne region.
The book is part family saga, part adventure as we meet Sabine, who is drawn into working with the local resistance, and Hérisson, a young resistance fighter who has travelled with a group of friends specifically to do his part with the resistance. They meet by chance and form a bond over the following years that encompasses their personal and political lives.
There is so much in this book and it’s expertly put together, weaving the action of resistance missions, the tension of Sabine’s role in delivering messages under Nazi occupation and personal and social commentary on the roles the French people played in ending the war. This is set against those who chose to collaborate with the Nazis. There are some quite stark sections where the realities of war are not shied away from.
The benefit of knowing that this is intended to be that start of a trilogy is that, although the book leaves some threads hanging, you know that they will be picked up in book 2 (Equality, out now) and book 3 (Fraternity, out later this year).
There really is so much detail here, an incredible amount of research must have gone in to making this and the further two books an authentic and dramatic look at the realities of living in such a traumatic time, and the brave choices people made to fight back against the occupation.
About the Author:
Eilidh was born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland. She studied law at Aberdeen University. She practiced as a lawyer for twelve years, latterly specializing in criminal defense. Eilidh then moved to South West France with her then husband and four children. She established an independent estate agency business which she ran for twelve years before concentrating on writing- a long held dream. Eilidh has always been fascinated by history and ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things.
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Please note: I was sent this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.