martedì 3 luglio 2018

Review & Giveaway: Arlette's Story by Angela Burton

One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.

When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane? 

But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good … 

My Review

It was a very compelling, interesting and sometimes dramatic reading, set in the period of German occupation in France. As soon as you start reading, you immediately become attached to Arlette, Francine Henry, Gilbert, Saul and you can not get away from the pages.
Arlette lives in the south of France and works in the countryside with her father Henry and her brother Gilbert. Her mother died when she was a child. Their life is quiet despite their country being at war. France signs the armistice with Germany and is the end of their tranquility and security. They receive continuous visits from the police, confiscate the harvest, suffer verbal and physical violence. Gilbert doesn't accept it and leaves to fight with the resistance. So they need help on the farm and  arrives Saul, a young and charming Jewish man who is immediately in tune with Arlette. But the Nazis occupy their home .............
Arlette is a strong, loyal, courageous woman, very attached to her father and brother. The author has been very good to make us participate in the various emotions that the characters feel during the story: fear, love, joy, pain. And the Blaise family has been very strong, despite fear and hunger has never given up their principles.
It's wonderfully well written, very engaging, realistic and full of emotions: there are moments very sweet and romantic, others hard and heartbreaking.
Highly recommended, a truly brilliant and exciting story from the first to the last page.

Author Bio –
Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children. Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela loves researching for her books and is an avid reader. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a friendly and supportive publishing team. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Having recently moved to France, Angela (alongside her husband, Paul) is now a lavender farmer, creating products from the oil that’s distilled. Angela says she’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the company of her two spaniels while sitting on her veranda overlooking the breath-taking countryside of Charente.
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