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Flame of Resistance

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  107 reviews
2013 Christy Award winner!
Years of Nazi occupation have stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future, especially for a woman with a past like hers. But that changes the day American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over occupied France. Picked up by the Resistance, Tom becomes the linchpin in their plan to infiltrate a Germans-only brothel and
Paperback, 403 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 18th 2012)
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Ce livre était fantastique! What does that mean, exactly? The translation is, "this book was fantastic," in French. I have never read any books by Tracy Groot before, but this book has made me a fan. I loved this novel and could not stop reading it. I have a "thing" for WWII fiction and for stories where people resist their oppressors by refusing to be like them. There were a number of times while reading this novel that my eyes welled with tears. I sensed the hope, sacrifice, and redemption the ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The stars of this book for me were the characters, specifically the main stars of Brigitte, Tom, and Michel. They breathed with life in all their complexity. I felt connected with all three in a way that I don't see very often. I loved to see how Brigitte was able to find some hope in a very jaded life, how Tom approached everything with such a huge sense of honor (though not a very strong strategic mind), and how Michel was able to rise above the tragedy of a lost loved one and lost opportuniti ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
First let me say that I love reading World War 2 books. I was really intrigued to read this based on the description of the book. It has great promise: A prostitute helps out the French Resistance to defeat teh Nazis. Sounds great, right? It is. The story and characters just needs a little more fleshing out. I also found it hard to keep track of all the code names and real names. And a few times, I was completely lost as to what was happening.
In most WW2 novels, I find myself in a very suspense
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 4.5 Stars

This is one of those books that you have to read slowly. The plot line and characters are complex and the story takes many twists along the way. The ending blew me away. I was caught up and entranced by that point. I only wish we knew what really happened to some of the minor characters in the end. But we can guess, right?
Katie Hanna
DNF. I ran out of time on this one, had to take it back to the library. It seemed good, though. Maybe later I'll borrow it again. ...more
Renn Shearin
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Nazi occupation has stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future. Forced to turn her home into Germans-only brothel to survive, Brigitte clings to patriotism by sneaking food to the French Resistance and the downed airmen they are hiding nearby.

When American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down and picked up by the Resistance, he becomes the linchpin in their plan to leverage Brigitte's sympathy. By posing as a German officer, Tom can smuggle out critical intel she acqu
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Flame of Resistance is one of those books that starts out like a train ride—you know it's going to be a powerful read as it picks up speed through twists and turns to a thrilling ending. It's an intense read from beginning to end, taking place during WWII, in Normandy, France in the momentous and dangerous months just before D-Day.

France had been occupied by Nazi Germany for four long years, suffering from fear, mistreatment and food shortages that weigh on the people. Brigitte Durand turns her
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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The plane is flaming out as this book begins, and the young American pilot has no choice but to eject over Nazi-occupied France. He does; the resistance finds him. Things are never the same again for those who help him.

Brigitte Durand used to work for the American embassy before the grim summer of 1940—the summer France fell. The embassy closed; Brigitte returned to her ancestral home and, finding no other way to earn a living, turned the place into a brothel that catered specifically to German
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Desperate to survive the Nazi occupation of France, Brigitte Durand has sunk to the depths other woman have had to for millennia, selling her body in an effort to stay alive. As D-day draws near and the Germans, the French resistance, and the Allies all prepare for the invasion, Brigitte is recruited into the resistance efforts. When an American fighter pilot named Tom Jaeger is forced to evacuate his plane while flying over France, he is picked up by the Resistance. Soon, he becomes a key part ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent story and excellent storytelling, marred by a very few technical nits. Maybe only 4.5 stars, but so enjoyable that I've rounded upward.

A complex tale of humanity versus the horror of war in 1944 occupied France. Many of the French characters have both names and noms de guerre which, when taken with rather too few attributions during the opening chapters, occasionally leaves the reader wondering who spoke what to whom.

Really liked how Groot lets each character reveal her- or himself rat
Wright Gres
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well done! Flame of Resistance, set in France – Normandy – in the weeks before the allied invasion, is an adventure novel with a secret. It’s a wonderful story where the heroes are everyday people and we learn from them without being preached at.
It’s not “Guns of Navarone” or “Inglorious Bastards” and the hero doesn’t run the length of the train to jump off and catch an airplane. It’s fiction and real life adventure with a downed pilot, a prostitute, and many others in the community perfor
Jesseca Wheaton
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the author weaved so many different and diverse characters in through the story line. And oh, the twists! That one at the end shocked me to the point I literally sat still for a minute as was just like "what?!"
The only reason fro the low rating is the fact that I felt that the author was justifying the brothels because they played a large part in the French Resistance. Though some good may have come form them, I still feel that this is a very wron
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
What a struggle I felt like this read was. This is the most difficult book I've ever tried to read. The writing style was quite confusing and left me literally stranded in mid sentence. Half the time I didn't know who was doing the talking and even when I did I frankly didn't understand what was going on. I had every intention of reading Maggie Bright but I'm just not sure now. I understood clearly the premise behind the book but all the wonderful details that make a story come to life were just ...more
Sarah Sundin
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gritty and moving, Flame of Resistance is a beautifully written story of Nazi-occupied France that raises challenging questions about redemption, perceptions, and the cost of doing the right thing in an evil world. I highly recommend it.
Nadine Keels
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An American fighter pilot shot down over Nazi-occupied France. A prostitute determined to gather intelligence for the Allies. And the looming of D-Day during World War II in Flame of Resistance by author Tracy Groot.

At first it was a challenge for me to make heads or tails of this loose retelling of a well-known biblical figure's story. I wasn't yet used to the novel's rhythm, and while its unpredictability kept me on my toes at times, other parts felt a little too expected, and some of the char
John Turney
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in Normandy, France just prior to the Allied D-Day invasion. The army air force is weakening the Nazis. One one such mission, American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down and crashes in France. He is rescued by the French Resistance and thus the story begins.

At first, I almost put the book down. I did not sense the fear of being shot down and landing in enemy territory that Jaeger should have felt. I almost put the book down. I'm glad I didn't, as the author explores the
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story set in France during WW2. I saw one description that tried to pass this off as a modern retailing of the story of Rahab. If that is true the authors aim failed because I see very few parallels between the stories. If you take the story as a novel about the French resistance you will enjoy it. This book held nothing back from the reader about the horror of living during this time. People fell in love during this time but there is nothing romantic about the atrocities that where ...more
my least favorite of Tracy Groot's novels so far. Maybe it was the subject matter, since it is WW2, Nazis, brothels and torture, but I also had a hard time keeping track of the cast of characters (the Resistnace code names added to my confusion). after studying this time in history with the kids, I'm ready to move on to happier times in my own reading as well! ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How extraordinary, this gathering: the German, the businessman, the secretary, the courier, the prostitute. A tiny snapshot of humanity." (From book) This book have me turning from page to page. The characters were great. It's just watching a movie! I wonder what happened to Michel and Braun after the war? A great read! ...more
AlegnaB †
3.4 -- This book is not for the squeamish, since it includes description of torture. A brothel and prostitutes are prominent in the story.
Lee Anne
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read you just can't put down! Thoroughly enjoyed the well rounded characters and fast moving plot... The exciting story line kept me engrossed all the way through! ...more
Hannah Corner
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book! It had plenty of adventure and intrigue as well as romance. I really enjoyed all of the characters and how they each played a part in a very big story.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A compelling story set during the increasingly tense period before the D-Day invasion.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WW2 france, Spies, French Resistance and Allies. This is the first book i read from this Author and i would highly recommend it if you are into WW2 stories.
Kate Kemmet
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story made me laugh, cry, gasp, and kept me on my toes. Great, well-developed characters
Kevin Hughlett
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Meh. I never could really get going. It felt very stock and the characters felt very wooden. However, it is a book I may come back to another time and try again.
Pat Chisholm
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book; highly recommend.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Germany crushed the Maginot Line in 1940, Brigitte Durand lost not only the man she loved but any hope of a future unsullied by the horrific realities of war and occupation. Penniless and alone, with no recourse but to sell her body for scraps of food and coin, Brigitte finds herself doing the unthinkable -- returning to her family home and transforming it into a Germans-only brothel. Shunned by her countrymen for fraternizing with the enemy, Brigitte refuses to let the Germans own her comp ...more
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Tracy Groot is the critically acclaimed and Christy Award–winning author of several works of historical fiction. Her books have received starred Booklist and Publishers Weekly reviews and have been called "beautifully written" and "page-turning" by Publishers Weekly, and "gripping" with "exquisitely drawn" characters by Library Journal.

Tracy and her husband have three grown sons and a daughter-in

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