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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando by Paul Kix

Robert de La Rochefoucauld trained to join the S.O.E., excaped execution at the very last minute, and led countless sabotages, including putting bombs into bread loaves! All this before he even turned 21! Courageous and determined, this nobleman joined the Resistance movement, partly because of the bravery of his famous ancestors. Although depressed at times, and not sure whether he could continue, he wanted to help free his beloved country at all costs.

This riveting and inspiring book is difficult to put down, although harrowing at times, when the hero is questioned and tortured by the Germans. It would make an excellent series or movie. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the French Resistance! 

I received this free book from Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

A Balcony in Paris by Gustav Caillebotte

Sarah is at a loss. Recovering from the death of her parents and a breakup with a boyfriend, she becomes fascinated by a distant relation from her past. Why did Louisa, a young debutante married to a duke, commit suicide and did it have anything to do with the beautiful courtesan, Marthe de Florian? Sarah decides to stay in Paris to see if she can discover more, but the only way that she can do this is by sharing an apartment with the French artist, Laurent...

Exquisite writing, engaging characters and the Parisian setting make this a lovely book to read. Ella Carey combines the stories of Sarah and Louisa in a fascinating way and captures the atmosphere of Belle Epoque Paris. At first, I thought that the story is a bit cliched, but Carey is more interested in the dark side of Edwardian Paris than the usual tale of sweetness and light.

I intend to read Ella Carey's other books ASAP!

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Carolina of Orange-Nassau Ancestress of the royal houses of Europe by Moniek Bloks

I found the writing very factual and I didn't finish it, so I think that this book is best for research. I am probably more interested in the British Royal family.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Behind the Throne A Domestic History of the British Royal Household by Adrian Tinniswood

This was full of interesting anecdotes and accounts of royal rivalries. For example, I liked the one
about Prince Charles having his servants line up several boiled eggs so that he could choose between them! The royal rivalries include stories about the King Georges and their dreadful relationships with their sons.

I found, however, that I could only read a little of this book at a time. There was just too much information, so I didn't finish it. It is a good read for lovers of royal history.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

An Irish Country Cottage by Patrick Taylor

I requested this because I thought that it would be like "Ballykissangel". It probably is, but the story about one couple wanting children and the other couple having too many just didn't interest me.

I will try the others in the series.

 I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review