Today I am bringing you another blog tour courtesy of Random Things Tours and Harper Collins. This is a brilliant book all about three sisters in waitron France trying to navigate life and experiencing love and loss and heartbreak and trauma and it is jut amazing.
Thank you so much to Random Things Tours and Harper Collins for my beautiful physical arc (which you can see over on my instagram that is linked below)!
Let’s get into it shall we?
The first book in a brand-new sweeping historical series from the
No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author.
France, 1944. Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war. Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost. And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free. Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But bravery comes at a cost, and soon the sisters’ lives become even more perilous as they fight for what is right. And secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear… The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…
ESCAPE score: 56
Oh my goodness this book is incredible and I cannot wait for the rest of the series to see what happens next. It was full of heartbreak and loss but all hope and love at the same time and the ending just broke my heart.
The three sisters were just amazing characters and I loved them all so much, from feisty Elise to sweet Florence and strong Helene, as they struggled through life in occupied France. They all experienced so much in the course of this book and it just broke my heart for all of them at several points in the book. They had all grown so much by the end of the book and I cannot wait to see what happens to them in the book. We also had Jack, Victor, Hugo and Marie who I also loved so much and they definitely all deserved happier endings than they got. I hope we get to see more of them in the next book.
The plot was well crafted and it had me enthralled the entire way through and I cannot express how much the ending destroyed me. I actually had to read the last page through my tears. There was so much heartbreak, all of various forms, throughout the book peppered among moments of hope and love that it was just such a devastatingly beautiful book and I loved reading every second of it. And I felt that it dealt with the historical aspect of the story wonderfully too, it was well-grounded in the time period and I liked how key events played out in the story.
And the writing was just stunning. I was blown away, and of course, devastated at so many points by what was going. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the series because I know that while it will most likely break my heart all over again, it will just be spectacular.
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Dinah Jefferies began her career with The Separation, followed by the number 1 Sunday Times and Richard and Judy bestseller, The Tea-Planter’s Wife. Born in Malaysia, she moved to England at the age of nine. As a teenager she missed the heat of Malaysia, which left her with a kind of restlessness that led to quite an unusual life. She studied fashion design, went to live in Tuscany where she worked as an au-pair for an Italian countess, and there was even a time when Dinah lived with a rock band in a ‘hippie’ commune in Suffolk.
In 1985, the death of her fourteen-year-old son changed everything and she now draws on the experience of loss in her writing. She started writing novels in her sixties and sets her books abroad, aiming to infuse love, loss and danger with the extremely seductive beauty of her locations.
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