France 1944. An English Nurse. A German Soldier. A tragic love affair …
English girl Sibyl Lake arrives in Colmar, a small French town, surrounded by vineyards and swarming with German soldiers. Trained as a nurse, Sibyl has been recruited as a British Agent to support the French Resistance.
When Sibyl’s work leads her to her childhood sweetheart Jacques, she is overjoyed. But their happy reunion is shortlived as it is not just Jacques’ eye that Sibyl has caught …
Commander Wolfgang von Haagan is very taken with the attractive English stranger, and Sibyl realises that she can help her own country by listening to the secrets of this soldier’s heart. As she grows closer to Wolfgang she gets to know the man behind the uniform and despite her best intentions, soon she is caught in a terrible love triangle.
And when Jacques finds that Sibyl is involved with the enemy, he is determined to prove himself to her with one last act of heroism. An act that will put all of their lives into terrible danger ….
A gripping and heartbreaking story of love behind enemy lines and the overwhelming tragedy of war. Perfect for fans of The Letter by Kathryn Hughes, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
We first meet Sibyl as a child when they go to France after the loss of a family member. It was good to see her as a care free child and how she excels in three different languages. Having always wanted to be able to speak a different language, I was quite envious of Sibyl in how fluently she spoke them.
When Sibyl is recruited to basically be a spy, well my heart jumped. As fabulous as it sounds to be a secret agent, it is very dangerous and especially at the time of the world war when so many horrible things were going on. My heart was literally in my mouth many a time when it looked like Sibyl’s identity might be discovered.
We’ve all heard the saying, sleeping with the enemy. Luckily in those days, a woman’s virtue was a must unless you were married of course. She does have to get close to the enemy though of which I didn’t envy her. Obviously getting close to some one, you can see Sibyl’s hardened exterior melting ever so slightly when the persistent Wolfgang seeks her attention.
The whole sense of the time and place really comes into affect with this story. The author transported me into a dark and scary world where at times there is little hope. It definitely makes for some sombre reading but is a must read into what so many people at that time did, risking their lives for the hope of freedom and a better world.
The Soldier’s Girl is a gripping and heart wrenching read that I couldn’t tear myself away from. In parts it makes for some emotional reading as it really hit home with me just what life was like for people experiencing the world war first hand. A moving and at times touching read that will stay with me for some time.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1951, and spent many childhood hours either curled up behind a novel or writing her own adventure stories. Sometimes she had adventures of her own, and found fifteen minutes of Guyanese fame for salvaging an old horse-drawn coach from a funeral parlor, fixing it up, painting it bright blue, and tearing around Georgetown with all her teenage friends. The coach ended up in a ditch, but thankfully neither teens nor horse were injured.
Boarding school in England tamed her somewhat; but after a few years as a reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown she plunged off to discover South America by the seat of her pants. She ended up in a Colombian jail, and that’s a story for another day…
Sharon has lived in an Ashram in India and as a German Hausfrau–the latter giving her the time and the motivation to finally start writing seriously. Her first novel, Of Marriageable Age, was published by HarperCollins, London, in 1999 and reprinted as a digital edition in 2014. After working as a social worker in a German hospital she finally retired and now has time for her favourite pastimes: reading, writing, and travelling.
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