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Waiting for the Violins

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Antonia Forrester, an English nurse, is nearly killed while trying to save soldiers fleeing at Dunkirk. Embittered, she returns to occupied Brussels as a British spy to foment resistance to the Nazis. She works with urban partisans who sabotage deportation efforts and execute collaborators, before résistante leader Sandrine Toussaint accepts her into the Comet Line, an ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Bold Strokes Books (first published March 16th 2014)
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Nolly  Sepulveda
Oct 21, 2016 Nolly Sepulveda rated it really liked it
Very informative and wonderfully written story that takes you back to the injustices of war, it's victims and it's heroes.
Mar 29, 2014 Jem rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, thriller
I devour historical lesfic like other people devour their paranormals. And when it comes to this genre, Ms. Saracen is an automatic buy for me. Her name on the book is like a seal of quality, authenticity, and a rollicking good read.

Antonia Forrester (what a strange name for an Englishwoman) is a nurse who is injured in Dunkirk. While recovering from her injuries, she is recruited as an operative to infiltrate Belgium. But the plane is shot down and she is lost and alone in enemy territory.

Mar 11, 2015 Ulla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Justine Saracen's novels seem to be more and more interesting! Although I've read a lot of books set during WW2, I'd never known anything about the situation in Belgium! Now I do!
Justine's prose is always superb,and I'm always learning new things reading her books. Can't wait to meet "The Witch of Stalingrad"!!
Lexxi Kitty
This is my first book by Justine Saracen.

My first historical fiction in . . . um, six days. Heh. Figured it’d be longer. Then I saw that graphic novel set in Germany, and Shaken to the Core, then Trigger Mortis all the way back from the end of April. So this is actually my third Historical fiction novel this month. 13th this year. Let me see. My third war novel of the year. 8th book that involved military or ex-military. Third spy book of the year.

Right, got distracted there. Long ago I used t
Mar 23, 2014 Justina rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f, historical
This was a thrilling, charming, and heartrending trip back in time to the early years of World War II and the active resistance enclaves. This story primarily takes place in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, after Belgium has surrendered to the Nazis. There are many heartwarming, amusing, and debilitating tales of life in an occupied country. However, what is so dramatically different than today is the limited communication along with the complications that made reaching out or getting current ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Feliz rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, f-f, prism
This book covered a time period I’m very interested in – WWII – and a topic that kept playing on my mind a lot recently – life in Western Europe under the Nazi occupation. Add to that a love story between two strong women, and I was game.

First of all, this book is labeled “Lesbian General Fiction” , not romance, and that was exactly what it was. Well, there was a romantic subplot, but rather underdeveloped – which almost seems a given with a story about a British spy and a résistance fighter in
Oct 02, 2014 Musa rated it it was amazing
Among all the lesbian themed books I've read, I've rarely come across one that has strong historical elements, this book is pretty unique on its own. The story spans from approximately 1940 through 1945, and how Antonia and Sandrine crosses path, saw each other as an ally, falling in love, torn apart and eventually finding each other again.

It's a gripping and fast paced story that also gives you quite a bit of historical background to the events happened during the world war II. I love Sandrine
Dec 05, 2014 Pippa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
This was a joy to read. The research that Saracen has done pays off handsomely here. The setting and the details felt real. No doubt it helps that she lives in the same location and has had contact with several of the families of the people she has populated the book. As such, she could base the majority of the story, the people and the events on real life. The story ticks along and there is a real and potent threat to the characters for much of it, lending a genuine thriller element to what ...more
Elaine Mulligan
Jan 16, 2016 Elaine Mulligan rated it it was amazing
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1940 The Battle of Dunkirk May 26th to 1944 D-Day June 4th

Antonia, an English nurse, is injured while trying to save British, French and Belgian soldiers fleeing the German invasion of World War 2. Bravely she sneaks into German occupied Brussels, she becomes a part of the underground and meets Sandrine. Together they work "the Comet Line" code name for ensuring downed pilots avoid capture and eventually get to safety.
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From the author's website: How a mild-mannered academic went astray and began writing lesbian fiction:
A recovered academic, Justine Saracen started out producing dreary theses, dissertations and articles for esoteric literary journals. Writing fiction, it turned out, was way more fun. With seven historical thrillers now under her literary belt, she has moved from Ancient Egyptian theology (The 100
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