Years of Nazi occupation have stolen hope from French prostitute Brigitte Durand. But when downed American pilot Tom Jaeger is picked up by the Resistance, she finds herself in the middle of a plot to infiltrate a Germans-only brothel and smuggle out critical intelligence to Tom. Will they be able to complete their mission before D-Day? 400 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
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Ce livre était fantastique! What does that mean, exactly? The translation is, "this book was fantastic," in French. I have never read any books by Tracy Groot before, but this book has made me a fan. I loved this novel and could not stop reading it. I have a "thing" for WWII fiction and for stories where people resist their oppressors by refusing to be like them. There were a number of times while reading this novel that my eyes welled with tears. I sensed the hope, sacrifice, and redemption themes coming up in the plot, and I experienced them within the pages of this book. Sometimes the littlest things bring perspective to everything else. When Krista found the blessing in the fact that a guard had enough compassion to assist her in helping her give a person being tortured a drink of water, I was moved by that scene. In the midst of horror, one can still see the hope that lives in believers, and people are drawn to it. Krista saw that traumatic job as a ministry. I can't imagine...
C'est les horreurs de guerre. That's the horrors of war. I found many of the situations in this book quite convicting, and I am glad the author didn't water those situations down. When Tom asked Brigitte about the hardest part of the war and she said, "the hunger," it made emotion rise in my heart. She described it so well. We take so many things in life for granted. Many of us think having no extra money after we pay our bills is hardship...not! Anyway, I loved the heartfelt way the author penned this story and how she didn't soften the pain that the characters went through. I grew attached to a number of them and was sad when they were no longer part of the story. Even the hardest of hearts could be softened by the right situation.
The reason this book is making my favorite fiction list has to do with the fact that the novel made me think about my life and about what I would do in similar situations. Though the characters were brave because they fought for France, I could see the spiritual alignment to the many martyrs for the faith over the centuries. The love story was also quite beautiful. I loved how Brigitte was used to show Tom that there is still a person beneath one of the most offensive professions. I loved the change of perspective and thought about how hard times can bring out the best and worst in people. Ironically, the next book on my to-read list is a story of Rahab. Since this one was an "impressionistic retelling" I've been prepared for a wonderful experience, I'm sure. Again, loved this story! Very realistic and heart-wrenching. A must-read for 2012.
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Review 3 for Flame of Resistance
Flame of Resistance
Date:August 10, 2012
Cutting edge... Flame of Resistance moves fast, tears at the heart, cries for freedom, and yearns for hope. Well-researched and accurate. I read other books in this genre: Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, The Diary of Anne Frank, Schindler's List, The Hiding Place: The Story of Corrie ten Boom, and Bodie Thoene's Zion Coventant series, but this book made me cry as I thought of the characters in danger, tortured, and killed.
To summarize, Flame of Resistance is the story of Joshua and Rahab told during World War II. Their (Tom and Brigitte's) work together supports the secret mission/resistance and leads to D-Day June 6, 1944. Flame of Resistance is the story of survival.
Ms. Groot knits together words, dialogue, and themes seamlessly. Her writing helps the reader understand the history of the world in which one lives. On p. 123, referring to one of the characters reading Mein Kampf, Ms. Groot revels how when one sits down to read a book the reader makes a pact with author and latches onto ideas. This 'pact' explains how a civilization of people could get caught up in such evil/Nazism.
Ms. Grott's words speak to the heart. On p. 286, in a heartbreaking text, Ms. Groot writes a lovely prayer. The character is reminded Love your neighbor. Be kind. Be gentle. Help people. Be Christ as she records prisoner's testimony:
"Oh God, if I can do not more than witness the atrocities that I may testify one day, then make me strong; and if I can do more than witness, then give me a chance to help."
On p. 321, the communion imagery over Red Cross crackers stirred my heart.
"Communion, Community, Every plot of God, always about [His] people. a swell of love. felt caught in God's plot for humanity."
Flame of Resistance is not a quick read blending French and German phrases throughout. Again, it is well-written and not to be taken lightly.
The French underground is desperately preparing for the long hoped for invasion by the Allies in 1944. In the last months and weeks before D-Day, Flame - the local resistance cell - makes two new recruits: Brigitte Durand, a prostitute, and Tom Jaeger, an American pilot who looks like the Germany Hitler dreamed of. Together, this unlikely team are faced with gathering information right under the Nazi's noses, until the day when Flame begins to unravel around them and they are left running for their lives.
I loved this book. The characters are well drawn and grounded in reality. I found myself cheering for the moments when the world around them regained its stability, and grieving when their surroundings left them stumbling for the next step.
The apologetics of WWII have been studied to death, and the author does not suffer from the compulsion to re-argue them. Instead, she lets her story live in the moment. The people in this book are still living with the possible future of a Nazi run world, a world where they will forever be second class citizens and their lives are subject to caprice. They live with the numb familiarity of horror, and with horror at their own numbness. In the process of letting these characters writhe on the hook, the author quietly offers a chance for introspection at our own lethargy.
Combining the best of suspense with taut writing, Groot tells a tale of hope, courage, and forgiveness set against one of history's most crucial moments.
Gritty and moving, Flame of Resistance is a beautifully written story of Nazi-occupied France that raises challenging questions about redemption, perceptions, and the cost of doing the right thing in an evil world. I highly recommend it.
I read this book in one day because I found myself unable to put it down, as every time I ended up a chapter, I HAD to keep reading. :)
As I've said in many of my reviews, my favorite historical fiction novels are ones where I actually learn something and come away with more knowledge of the time period and setting of the story. "Flame of Resistance" is one of those books! Although I knew of the French Resistance during World War II, I have to confess I didn't know a whole lot about it. Tracy Groot really did her research for this book, and I was quite thrilled to read in the author's note at the end that a number of characters were real people, or at least composites of actual historical figures. This authenticity made the story come alive and I truly felt as if I'd been given a window into this incredible period in history.
That being said, as this is marketed as a "Christian" book, the one thing that bothered me in it was the the multiple uses of God's name being said in vain. Although it was never said in English, I think the average person can see through the German and French and figure it out. I don't say this as a prude, but I honestly would've preferred a four letter word over the misuse of our Lord's Name, especially coming from a fellow Christian. However, I did notice that the times it was said, Ms. Groot never translated the phrases, so perhaps she felt that would make it alright? Anyway, this is the only reason I didn't give the book a full 5 stars, but I would still whole-heartedly recommend it, as the novel is a beautiful story of what true love, sacrifice, courage and true freedom is all about.
"Flame of Resistance" is actually loosely based on, or rather inspired by, the story of Rahab in the Bible, including the fact that the main characters are a harlot and some spies. Therefore, I would suggest that the subject matter is a bit mature (although handled very well, never steamy or inappropriate), but I think anyone high school age and up would really enjoy and learn a lot from the story.
I honestly don't want to tell you too much of the plot, as there are so many twists, turns, betrayals, unexpected allies, etc, that I want you to have the experience of discovering them all on your own. If you pick up this book, I guarantee you will not be disappointed! Although I had the one aforementioned bone to pick with the writing, I truly cannot praise this book highly enough. Consequently, I would recommend this wonderful piece of historical fiction to any fellow lover of this genre, as well as those who enjoy more contemporary retellings of Biblical stories (I think Francine River fans will LOVE this book) or those who are interested in World War II. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy! :)
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Review 7 for Flame of Resistance
A little history, romance, and action
Date:June 29, 2012
Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot is an excellent World War II novel about a French Resistance movement called Flame. This novel provides a little bit of a love story, a little bit of God, a little bit of action, and a little bit of history. Germany has invaded France and there are numerous resistance cells all over the country. Michel Rousseua is the leader of one such group, Flame. He’s presented with an unusual opportunity when a Dutch-American pilot crashes in France and is willing to be an agent for Flame. The pilot is paired up with a young woman who has been forced into prostitution in order to survive. Together they unravel a great story! This was a good read, however, it was a little tough to follow for a couple of chapters until you wrap your head around who is who. After I got a grasp of the characters, I really enjoyed this book. It really got me interested in WW II history and I enjoyed the author’s note at the end. This lead me to a little research on my own. I recommend Flame of Resistance to history lovers as well as mystery and romance readers. As I said, it was a good read.
Brigitte is a hurting young women. Loosing her beloved fiancee, she is left with nothing. Out of the desperation of her circumstances, Brigitte opens a brothel. She is looked down upon from her fellow country men because of her choice of "profession", which also caters only to the Nazis'. For Brigitte life has no apparent meaning or hope. Joining the french Resistance, seems to be the only good thing dirty and tainted Brigitte can accomplish. When met by American pilot, Tom, everything changes, even her take on life.
Tom a pretty level headed guy is thrust into an awkward situation. Being blonde headed and blue eyed, makes for an excellent Nazi poser, and French spy. He is to become a "customer" at Brigitte's brothel, where she gives him any information she has gathered from her Nazi customers, where he in turn gives it to their Resistance leader.
As time progresses Brigitte and Tom realize that they have a flame of love between them, but things start spiraling downward. As tension rises as D- Day approaches, the Resistance are threatened to be revealed for a minor mistake on their part. Will the underground work the Resistance do be exposed? How will Brigitte and Tom fare under the hands of the enemy. Will their flame of love be ignited? Or will the perils of war put out the sparks?
I enjoyed this book immensely. Being an avid WW|| to reader I was quick to pick this one up. I enjoyed the underground work, the agents, the cover ups, the hiding, the constant fear in the pit of your stomach when reading this book. Tracy wrote a very fast paced novel and kept it on a thriller level. You were definitely thrown in suspense as certain unexpected scenes would pop up. She kept the book very clean, considering that Brigitte and her companions were prostitutes. No unnecessary details about Brigittes' work was given, much to my relief.
However, the book included too many characters with complex names on their own, then some even had code names. This factor added for some definite confusion on my part. I also did not like that all Tom preached to Brigitte was that God accepts all types of sinners. Seeing what a broken women she was the author definitely could have added a bit more God can redeem you, you are precious in His sight type of preaching. Tom was portrayed as a very shallow "Christian" he rarely mentions God and worst of all he was planning a revenge murder. I would have loved if the author concentrated on giving the main characters depth, than adding all the other secondary characters.
All in all, this was a very up the wall book filled with non stop action, sweet romance, suspense, and that WW|| nazi thrill sensation. With all that said, I give Flame of Resistance a 4 out of 5.
The Nazis have occupied Brigitte's homeland of France for years now, and out of desperation she has turned to an occupation despised by her own people. As a prostitute who caters to the Nazis, she has access to information that can help the French Resistance, but she does not see that there is a future for her beyond the war. When Tom, an American pilot, is shot down over occupied France, he joins the Resistance. Although their backgrounds are worlds apart, they begin to realize that their feelings for one another are more than just a wartime romance.
This was an excellently researched novel. Ms. Groot has visited the places she speaks of in the book and studied the history of the area during the War. My only problem was that there so many characters that I had trouble keeping track of all of them. All in all, it was still a 4 star novel.
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Review 10 for Flame of Resistance
Flame of Resistance is a Flame of Hope 4 aNew Life
When her fiance died during France's fall to Nazi aggression Brigitte Durand's life was altered. A once respectable young woman who was engaged and employed, Brigitte is forced to survive by selling herself to the enemy. But her survival comes at a great cost to her own soul.
When given an opportunity to aid the French Resistance Brigitte takes the opportunity in the slim hope of redeeming herself. Using her profession as a cover, Brigitte is able to pass intelligence to the Resistance through Tom Jaeger, a downed American pilot posing as a conscripted Dutch Nazi.
As Brigitte passes information concerning troop movements and nearby bridge defenses, she and Tom become friends over chess and the hope Tom brings of imminent freedom. But when Brigitte's home comes under watch of the Milice their lives and the operation are endangered.
When Tom is captured what is Brigitte willing to risk?
A retelling of the story of Rehab, Flame of Resistance is a story of redemption and courage. When given the opportunity to change not only her life but the course of the war, Brigitte accepts the challenge.
The Flame of Resistance is an intriguing look at World War II and its cost on the souls of all involved. Both sides had those who resisted the evil that threatened to envelop the world and destroy it. I found Flame of Resistance to be an enlightening and enjoyable historical fiction read.
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not a requirement.
Tracy Groot in her new book, “Flame of Resistance” published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us to France in World War II. From the Back Cover: On the brink of D-Day in Normandy, France.
Nazi occupation has stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future. Forced to turn her home into a Germans-only brothel to survive, Brigitte clings to patriotism by sneaking food to the French Resistance and the downed airmen they’re hiding nearby.
When American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down and picked up by the Resistance, he becomes the linchpin in their plan to leverage Brigitte’s sympathy. By posing as a German officer, Tom can smuggle out critical intel she acquires from other soldiers about the nearby bridges, whose capture and defense will be crucial to Allied forces.
D-day looms, and everyone knows invasion is imminent. But so is treachery. When loyalties are betrayed, the life of one American pilot jeopardizes everything. He becomes more important than the mission to a man who cannot bear to lose another agent…and to a woman who is more than just a prostitute, who finally realizes her courage could change history.
I like history. I also like World War II spy stories. Tracy Groot gave it all to me in “Flame of Resistance”. This is a highly suspenseful thriller as both Tom and Brigitte’s lives are in constant peril. On this alone this book would be worth the read. However, Ms. Groot is a very good storyteller who knows her Bible and “Flame of Resistance” is a fancy retelling of the story when the two Israeli Spies entered Jericho, were found out and Rahab, the prostitute kept them safe and smuggled them to safety over the wall. There are some great themes in this book: The value of one person and the effects of that persons actions on history and how powerful we are when God backs up our actions. Ms. Groot has given us an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history. I liked it a lot and recommend it highly!
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Review 12 for Flame of Resistance
Date:June 12, 2012
Location:bucks county, pa
This book was not as expected. There are too many names and code names and relationships to keep straight. The story line was interesting however, it took too much concentration on names to enjoy the story. I did not finish the book which is very rare for me.
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Review 13 for Flame of Resistance
an interesting novel filled with betrayal & love
Date:June 11, 2012
Nazi occupation has stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future. Forced to turn her home into Germans-only brothel to survive, Brigitte clings to patriotism by sneaking food to the French Resistance and the downed airmen they are hiding nearby.
When American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down and picked up by the Resistance, he becomes the linchpin in their plan to leverage Brigitte's sympathy. By posing as a German officer, Tom can smuggle out critical intel she acquires from other soldiers about the nearby bridges, whose capture and defense will be crucial to Allied forces.
D-Day looms, and everyone know invasion is imminent. But so is treachery. When loyalties are betrayed, the life of one American pilot jeopardizes everything. He becomes more important than the mission to a man who cannot bear to lose another agent...and to a woman who is more than just a prostitute, who finally realizes her courage could change history.
Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot was an interesting novel, filled with betrayal, love, and sacrifice. The plot line was excellently written and intricately woven with mystery, suspense, and unexpected curve balls. The last few chapters were incredible. I was just blown away by the twists and turns at a point where the conclusion seemed obvious and heart wrenching. Of course, the conclusion was still heart wrenching, but it was much better than what I imagined it to be. However, there were several points in the story that seemed impossible and unrealistic. For example, the spies for the Resistance were horribly unprepared and trained for their missions. While I understand that part of the reason was because their leader was falling apart, it still seemed unbelievable considering how secretive and well organized their resistance group was. Overall though the plot was very interesting, and I read the book without stopping in one afternoon.
The characters were not as well developed as the plot. Tom was a fairly static character, which was disappointing considering his importance to the storyline. I would have preferred if he had experienced more growth during the story. Brigitte was an interesting character. While I understand that she felt a brothel was the only way she could survive, I did not like the author's inference that it was OK for the character to continue in that lifestyle later on the book once Brigitte realized she was able to accomplish so much more than that. I also wish that Tom had given Brigitte stronger message than that God accepts all even the ''worst'' sinners. While this is true, it does not mean that one is supposed to continue in that lifestyle. A person is called to leave their sinful lifestyles when they come to God. I also disliked the fact that the characters worshiped and valued their country and patriotism more than God and doing what was right. While those things are certainly worth valuing, I just wish there had been a better balance shown in the story.
Despite these issues, there were a couple characters that did develop more throughout the novel. Michel Rousseau and Hauptmann Braun were my favorite characters. Michel was a very major character despite the fact that the story centered around Tom and Brigitte. He and Braun experienced the most growth and development as characters, and I enjoyed seeing and experiencing their thoughts and changing ideas. Braun was an incredible character, and I loved seeing his changes throughout the story.
Flame of Resistance was a good story overall. The plot was fantastic, but some of the supposedly main characters experienced little to no growth which took away from the story. The themes of the novel could have been developed more, and I disagreed with the way some of the values were esteemed in the story. However, the novel was still an excellent read; I would just recommend that you be prepared for some violence and other improprieties that come along with a brothel.
I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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Review 14 for Flame of Resistance
Gripping WWII read!
Date:June 11, 2012
Location:Ottawa, ON Canada
Publisher's description: "Years of Nazi occupation have stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future, especially for a woman with a past like hers. But that changes the day American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over occupied France. Picked up by the Resistance, Tom becomes the linchpin in their plan to infiltrate a Germans-only brothel and get critical intel out through Brigitte, a prostitute rumored to be sympathetic to the Allied cause. D-day looms and everyone knows that invasion is imminent. But so is treachery, and the life of one American pilot unexpectedly jeopardizes everything. He becomes more important than the mission to a man who cannot bear to lose another agent and to a woman who is more than just a prostitute, who finally realizes that her actions could change the course of history."
I was very excited to review this novel. One of my favorite time periods is WWII, and Tracy Groot did not disappoint. The characters have great depth and the story is full of intrigue and suspense. Once I got the characters code names down (some have more than one) the book was hard to put down. The choices that Brigitte has had to make to survive are heart wrenching. I loved the parallels between Brigitte and the biblical Rahab. I highly recommend this book!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Years of Nazi occupation have stolen hope from French prostitute Brigitte Durand. But when downed American pilot Tom Jaeger is picked up by the Resistance, she finds herself in the middle of a plot to infiltrate a Germans-only brothel and smuggle out critical intelligence to Tom. Will they be able to complete their mission before D-Day?
I didn't know much about D-Day, or should I say I don't remember it from high school. My generation doesn't know anything about living in fear day to day and Groot brought it to life. I couldn't put the book down as something new kept popping up in the plot. I was completely surprised by the end of the book and kept gasping as things moved along.
Tracy Groot did an excellent job of pulling you into the plot, but I must say I was a bit disappointed though because there was absolutely no mention of God in the book. I kept expecting the characters to realize their need of a Savior, but it never came. I can't call this book Christian when there was nothing Christian about it. A few verses were thrown in, but they weren't meant to have any significance in the characters' lives. This was a purely historical fiction book. For that, I cannot give it 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher.
Can I say riveting? awesome? exciting? suspenseful? How about Don't start this book unless you have time to finish it in one reading; because once you start you won't be able to put it down!
Tracy Groot had me spell-bound from the first page and kept me that way until the end. Her characters are powerful, alive and breathing. Brigitte Durand and Tom Jaeger are so realistic that you almost expect to go back in your history books and find them listed with other heroes of WWII.
I have been reading a lot of historical fictional works based on WWII and I have to say this is one of the best ones I have read. Well.... next to Tracy Goyer's work. Okay, okay, they are equally wonderful.
I wonder if I would perform as admirably as Brigitte does in a difficult time and situation, minus the brothel. She really stands up in the face of danger and possible death to help out Tom Jaeger secure vital information that will help the resistance against the Nazis.
All of the other supporting characters are strong and realistic as well, without being over-powering. They help round out the story with their personal stories and emotions that bring to life the French resistance against the Nazis and their pride in their beloved country. A simple wedge of cheese not only brings tears to the eyes of those who are going to partake of it but help bring unity to the most unlikely group of individuals. (You will just have to read the book to know what I'm talking about.)
A family home turned into a brothel for German officers becomes a place of espionage and danger for those who are part of the French resistance group Flame. And Brigitte finds help from those she never expected help from.
Flame of Resistance is truly a wonderful novel well worth reading over and over again. The discussion questions in the back of the book are great as well. They are a wonderful way to not only discuss the characters of the book but talk about personal reactions with your book club.
This review was made possible by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. They freely provided me with this review copy. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
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Review 17 for Flame of Resistance
Well written yet disturbing -not for young readers
Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot is a fascinating look at a time which few of us now remember, World War II.
The place is France during the German occupancy.
The story centers around four girls who occupy a house, which is reserved by them exclusively for the German soldier's 'entertainment'. The deprivation and mistreatment of the French people by the Germans led to many unthinkable actions in order to get military secrets and information to help the resistance. Could this information have been obtained in a less demeaning way? Maybe, but that is the story.
Flame of Resistance is well written, but also disturbing in its premise. After reading the book, it was clear that the life the French people led during the German occupation was horrible. Starvation, deprivation of basic needs, and the constant knowledge that their lives were of little value to the occupiers helped the reader to understand the people's actions and decisions, even if we would not agree with them.
The book was very interesting, but I would not recommend it for young readers.
"Flame of Resistance" is an historical fiction novel set in France during the Nazi occupation just before D-Day. Tom Jaeger is an American Air Force pilot whose plane goes down over France. Members of the French Resistance rescue him and nurse him back to health. Because he looks more German than the Germans, however, they ask him to go undercover as a Nazi officer in order to help their cause. For this operation, they also recruit Brigitte Durand, a woman who runs a brothel for Germans-only in order to survive.
The story itself is heavy on the historical surrounding an event that was hugely significant to the success of D-Day. Author Tracy Groot explains this in more detail in her notes at the end of the book. Christian messages woven throughout the book are subtle, but of great value. Brigitte struggles with the question, “Is there a place in God’s Kingdom for one like me?” Another resistance agent bears the memory of personal failure to protect a Jewish family when she could have as she works to rescue others. And a few Germans are shown offering compassion to those being hurt by their countrymen and wrestling with divided loyalties to God and country.
Those curious about the people and events of WWII will appreciate what this book has to offer. I thank Tyndale House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for my honest review.
Desperate to survive the Nazi occupation of France, Brigitte Durand has sunk to the depths other woman have had to for millennia, selling her body in an effort to stay alive. As D-day draws near and the Germans, the French resistance, and the Allies all prepare for the invasion, Brigitte is recruited into the resistance efforts. When an American fighter pilot named Tom Jaeger is forced to evacuate his plane while flying over France, he is picked up by the Resistance. Soon, he becomes a key part of their plan to get critical intel about the bridges leading into France from the prostitute Brigitte. Soon Tom and Brigitte are embroiled in a dangerous mission that becomes ever more important as D-day approaches.
Flame of Resistance is a haunting story, one that will both inspire as it recounts the efforts of those who resisted Nazi occupation, while making your heart break for the suffering they endured. The story is fast-paced, with intrigue abounding in the midst of a people struggling to hold on to hope that a new day with dawn. Tracy Groot expertly re-creates the last days of Nazi-occupied France, and brings to life both the indomitable spirit of the French while illuminating the horror that the people experienced as they were starved and persecuted. Brigitte's story is especially heart-breaking is forced to make impossible choices, and ones that cause her fellow country-men to despise her, despite the fact that she became a prostitute solely as a means to survive. What I most found interesting is how author has drawn from the Biblical story of Rahab the prostitute, and how she set that story into the midst of World War II, creating a fascinating, multi-layered read. I have long been a fan of Tracy Groot's novels, and this one definitely lives up to the same caliber as her previous novels such as Madman.
This is a story worth reading, and I award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Tyndale, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
During a time of challenges, a time of German invasion, and at a time of great want can the efforts of a few change the lives of many?
Tom, a skilled American pilot for the Army Air Forces, is shot down in midair and picked up by the French. He is found to be of useful fascination because of how he presents himself, the cause of which others fight for capivates him.
Brigette lives a questionable life in servitude for the needs of the Germans endures being the object of others disgust and prejudice, she carries bitterness which in turn feeds her purpose.
A group who makes up The Resistance employ bold, daring and extreme courage while encorporating the decision to fight for that which is just and fair. But time grows short for the group, plans must be precise, but can all be gained without the harsh suffering of any loses?
High action and drama encompass this fast paced novel. Scenery and description mesh well creating a believable dialogue and plot. Although I was able to know the main and established characters in depth, it seemed that at times the story was difficult to keep up with, with the constant introduction of new characters who are just introduced once. With that said I did enjoy reading this novel and would recommend it to others. I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.