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The Hedgerows of June

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
It's late June 1944. The allies have invaded Normandy and Chris Weymouth, an allied spy, has been living in a French village at the edge of the Bocage playing piano in a local cabaret at night while passing bad intelligence to the Germans. He has been expecting orders to leave at any time but is taken aback when they are delivered by a young Catholic nun named Sister Mary. ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Imzadi Publishing, LLC (first published October 17th 2014)
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Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy_novels, thriller
A ragtag band of spies and French civilians steal their way across Normandy shortly after D-Day. The unique bocage setting adds an alien, almost science fiction quality to what might otherwise be hide-and-seek in the woods. The group dynamics—the tension, mistrust, and romance—at times reminded me of For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the plot twists and turns are worthy of any mystery or thriller. May appeal to J. Robert Janes' St. Cyr/Kohler mysteries, also set in WWII France. ...more
Diane Solomon
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ron Shannon, the author of “Hedgerows of June, has created a wonderful suspenseful tale of World War II. It’s June 1944 and the Allied Forces are in their last push. Moving across France seems nigh on impossible.

The novel grabbed me right from the start. I cared about the characters and the plot kept moving with many twists and turns. I liked the juxtaposition of the horrors of war against the tender nurturing of four young children who must be escorted to safety. There were subplots, secrets, a
Sally Bosco
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Viewfinder into History

Ron Shannon perfectly captures the intimate stories of three people amidst the very big story of World War II. War often puts people into situations in which they either panic or find the bravery within themselves to do something heroic. Shannon illustrates both of these qualities in his characters. He captures the very real and personal feelings that war evokes: Could we truly kill another person if we had to? If so, would we become callous to killing in time? Could we
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hmm... so I don't do much in the way of wars and all that but this one was very interesting. The love story between the man and woman but also the love of the children. The war was also very interesting to read about. The mission was secret and important. The characters held my attention and made me love them and what they were going through. The writing was very well done. It was graphic and mysterious. It was love and heartache. It was very well done because I knew what and how everyone was fe ...more
Michael Daigle
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tightly written and action packed. The hedgerows of Post-D-Day France are a wonderful setting and reflection of the suspicious and claustrophobic relations between Jean-Claire, Mary and Chris, the adults leading four children across the bocage to supposed safety, and later Jameson, who shows up claiming to be an ally. Surprise endings; honest conclusion. Well done.
I was to read this as a judge for the Georgia Romance Writer's Maggie Awards. I could not finish it. I'm sorry, but the writing was pretty terrible and it was so choppy. Not the least bit fluid, not even just from chapter to chapter but from paragraph to paragraph. I had a hard time following what was going on, and it didn't keep my interest.

Let's hope the rest are better.
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Ron Shannon discovered a passion for storytelling at a very young age: while listening to his teacher read the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to the overly-excited members of his sixth grade class. Later, he went on to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated with the unlikely degree combination of accounting and English. Recently he completed his Master o ...more

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