Apologies for my extended absence. I do have a note, I promise! I haven’t been reading a lot recently as my eyesight hasn’t been great and it’s not just down to getting older but rather a nasty skin condition which gives me spots and blurred vision. I must have been very bad in a previous life! Thanks to a combination of eye drops and antibiotics it has improved slightly in so far as I can now read more than a couple of pages at night without my eyes feeling all itchy and tired. I doubt I will come anywhere near my annual target for Good Reads but I’m just glad I can read anything….albeit much more slowly.
I have read a few children’s books but am trying to reduce online time and therefore ease eye strain so no reviews of them for the moment. I must share what I’m putting in Luke and Eva’s Christmas Book Boxes this year. Luke is definitely off-fiction at the moment but I have a couple thrown in which might tempt him…here’s hoping!
In the meantime, here’s Liza Perrat’s new novel set in Vichy France – a real page turner and the eyes were certainly not dry at the end!
Publisher – Triskele Books
Publication Date – 17th October 2013
My Rating – 4 stars
Back in September 2012 I thoroughly enjoyed reading Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat which was the first of the Auberge des Anges historical series set in late 18th century France. Therefore I was very eager to get my hands on the second in the series, Wolfsangel which is set in occupied France during WWII.
As in the first novel in the series, you can expect strong female characters and extensive research which both serve to make this a gripping and engaging read. The Wolfsangel title can have different interpretations, the more benign being a guardian angel watching over the Jewish Wolf family in the novel. However, the other meaning has more menacing connotations as the English translation is “wolf’s hook”, a symbol of the Nazi regime.
Indeed this is a novel of duality, a tale of divided loyalties as the villagers of Lucie-sur-Vionne are torn between hatred of the Nazi invaders and their desire to survive. It is difficult to take the moral high ground when your choice is between a one way ticket to the concentration camp or informing on your neighbours.
Our narrator is Celeste Roussel, an ambitious young woman, keen to join her brother in his work for the French Resistance. When she falls in love with a German officer she finds herself torn between her own desire and loyalty to her fellow villagers.
Once I picked this up I found it nigh impossible to put down as I got so involved in Celeste’s story. Loosely based on the tragic events which took place in Oradour Sur Glane in 1944, this novel doesn’t pull any punches and will remain with the reader for a long time.
Already looking forward to the next instalment in the series which is set in France in 1348 as the Black Plague sweeps across Europe.