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The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason
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Aug 15, 2011

really liked it
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Marshall, an airline pilot decides to visit the site in France where his airplane crashed during WWII. He is overwhelmed when he finds people from the small village who initially helped him and some of the crew escape. He completes his final flight before retirement and decides to take a longer trip to France to find more people who were involved in his escape back to Britain during the war. Although he did marry and had two children, his whole life revolved around his career as a pilot. Now that he is retired, he is unsure of the direction he wants to go in. His wife died a year prior to his retirement. As he reminisces, he remembers in particular one young woman, Annette, a high school student involved with the Resistance. He was instructed to follow the girl wearing a blue beret in Paris as he arrives on the transit. The novel follows his journey into the past as he reconnects with individuals who helped him along many other Americans and British people during the war. He learns some of the hardships they endured as a result.

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