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The Indigo Rebels

(The Indigo Rebels #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  98 reviews
France, 1940

The German army has marched into Paris. Three siblings, three very different people leading very different lives, find themselves face to face with new occupants of their city, and none of them can guess what the occupation has in store for them, and how it will change their lives once and for all.

Giselle Legrand, a renowned novelist and a socialite, encounte
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published May 17th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services
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History tells us of the horrors of the brutal killing machines bulldozing across Europe during World War II. The Nazis were brutal, they did unspeakable things and nothing was too low or inhuman to do to those they conquered. But that was the Nazi machine, not the individual soldiers who were part of history’s ugliest moments.

Three French siblings, each as different as night and day, but each of them will find a role to play as the Germans invade France and turn the country into a police state
May 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
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France, 1940

The German army has marched into Paris. Three siblings, three very different people leading very different lives, find themselves face to face with new occupants of their city, and none of them can guess what the occupation has in store for them, and how it will change their lives once and for all.

Giselle Legrand, a renowned novelist and a socialite, encounters an unannounced guest in her apartment – a newly arrived chief of the Gestapo, Stu
Sheena Macleod
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A rich tapestry of interwoven lives set in Paris during 1940.

Indigo Rebels is the first book I have read by Ellie Midwood, but it won’t be my last. A beautifully written story of three siblings -Giselle Legrand, Kamille Blanchard and Marcel Legrand - who are brought together again during the German occupation of France during WW II. Although I liked all of the main characters, I particularly liked the strong-willed and larger-than-life character of Giselle Legrand, a renowned novelist and social
Connie Lacy
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I applaud the strong plot and characterization in this novel set in occupied France during World War II. The stories of three French siblings, Giselle, Kamille and Marcel, become dangerously intertwined as the French Resistance tries to undermine the Nazis. There is romance and intrigue. There is cruelty, although, thankfully, most of it occurs “off stage,” and there is mounting suspense, which kept me swiping my Kindle.

The sisters, who are as different as two sisters can be, are both forced to
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Midwood continues to perfect her craft. I think that I enjoyed this book nearly as well as the first book that I read that she authored, The Austrian.
These books are unique in that they seem to present all of the participants in the Second World War as human beings. Individuals rather than nations, ideologies, races, creeds, Allies or Axis. Individuals who have the range of motives and emotions that our common humanity provide us with. I pictured the heroine of this book as someone who is b
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
French Resistance at Its Best

I liked the style of this book as well as the characters. The author did an excellent job of developing very real characters living in a desperate time. The subject matter is very violent and intense, but without the gory details on every page.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a new author to me. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was beautifully written. It was set during the war time. in this book we learns about Giselle who is to let the main man stay at her house. Y0u really need to read to see what happens.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Indigo Rebels: A French Resistance Novel Book 1 is by Ellie Midwood. This book is set in Paris during the Nazi occupation. The Legrand family is completely involved in different ways. Marcel Legrand, the youngest sibling, had joined the French Army but when they retreated, he deserted once he got lost from them. He just couldn’t go on killing people. He was returning to his parent’s apartment when he joined up with Phillipe Bussi, a communist resistance member. The two of them also picked up ...more
Mary Yarde
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
France is under occupation. Giselle Legrand has to share her house with the Chief of the Gestapo. At first, Dr Karl Wünsche intrigues her, but soon her eyes are opened and she sees the ruthless monster that he truly is. Appalled by his behaviour towards her fellow countryman, Giselle joins the Resistance determined to do her part to rid her country of these Foreign invaders.

I am a big fan of Ellie Midwood's work, and I was looking forward to her latest book. The Indigo Rebels didn't disappoint.
Elizabeth St.John
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love in the time of war is always a compellng premise. In Ms Midwood’s skillful hands, Paris during the German occupation of the Second World War comes alive through the eyes of three siblings, each of whom confronts “the enemy” and as a result has a life-changing experience. Instead of replaying familiar newsreel photography of storm troopers marching through the Arc de Triomphe, The Indigo Rebels emotionally breaches the hearts and minds of Parisians who are overnight forced to accept the new ...more
James George
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was deployed and a chaplain recommended “Unbroken” to me, I was a little unenthused. I felt like, just perhaps, I’d really read enough about World War II and man’s inhumanity to man. Needless to say, I quickly realized how foolish a sentiment that was.

Having learned my lesson, it was very easy to sink my teeth into Ellie Midwood’s phenomenal new novel “The Indigo Rebels.” By my count, this is the author’s seventh novel set in Nazi-occupied Europe, including the highly acclaimed “The Girl
Rachel Heil
This is the first book in The Indigo Rebels series by Ellie Midwood and focuses on three siblings who are very different; Giselle the successful writer, Kamille the widowed housewife, and Marcel the intellectual that is forced into the French army. Despite their differences, they all find their lives changed in drastic ways when the Germans occupy their country. For Giselle and Kamille, this involves German officers moving into their homes. While Kamille's new occupant is kind and human, Giselle ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riveting Historical Fiction!

This novel follows the fate of three French siblings following the defeat of the French Army and the occupation of France by the Nazis. Marcel, the youngest is a deserter who ran from the battlefield and wants to atone. Kamille the middle child, is a simple housewife, mother, and widow of a cold, heartless womanizer whose in-laws strip her of all her valuables on their way to escaping to the Free Zone, leaving her and her child to fend for themselves. Giselle, the eld
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
In 1940 the German army marched into Paris. Three siblings, three completely different people, Giselle, Kamille and Marcel, suddenly find themselves face to face with the occupation, and it will change their lives forever...

It took me a little while to get into The Indigo Rebels but once I did, it became a real page turner. The historical setting and premise of the plot is very interesting and well researched (not that I'm a WWII expert), but the story is ultimately driven by Ellie Midwood's cha
Johanna Craven
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me couple of chapters to get into this, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The Indigo Rebels is informative as well as entertaining- I've never considered what it would be like to have lived in Nazi occupied France and found it really fascinating to read about how life was turned upside-down yet in many ways went on as normal. Ellie Midwood really knows her stuff when it comes to WWII- the descriptions were vivid, the history painstakingly researched and the characters entirely conv ...more
David Boiani
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This historical fiction takes place in Paris during WWII. A compelling story which captures the atmosphere during this time period. There is a touch of romance and mystery throughout the book. The character descriptions were extremely well developed. This story is about three French siblings who are completely different in every way possible. The one thing they have in common is resisting the German occupancy. Their lives were turned upside when the Germans invaded France. This book takes you ba ...more
Norman Kahn
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read all Ellie Midwood books and each and every one is consistently excellent, engrossing and historically close to accurate. The Indigo Rebels begins a new, exciting series to be followed with "Lyon" by the end of this summer. Altho it'll be tough to follow "The Girl From" series ended with "The Austrian" duo, "Indigo Rebels" is a great start. I highly recommend it to begin the series and believe that once a reader starts, the entire forthcoming series will be a must read, too. Great work ...more
Joey Paul
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Midwood's work from the time I picked up one of her books and was delighted to see this one as one I'd not already read. Telling the story of the German occupation of Paris, it's both a story of the resistance but also with an intriguing twitting plot. I loved it from the first page and loved Giselle and her family and the way this occupation effected them. It's beautifully written and just amazing all round. Highly recommended for those who love good historical fiction!
May Freighter
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in 1940s France, during the German invasion. It revolves around three siblings: Giselle, Marcel and Kamille. Both sisters are very different and go through rather different events, while their younger brother ends up joining the communist resistance to free France from German occupation. Eventually, the path of all three siblings gets intertwined into a gripping tale that keeps you on your toes.
There was plenty of suspense and some romance. Since I love historical fiction,
Linda Cotter
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book, I was interested, but wasn't sure that a historical story was for me. And I typically shy away from things that happen during war-time (I still haven't seen Saving Private Ryan). But the story seemed interesting, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
I am so glad that I did!
Following each of the siblings, and watching them become more aware of what is going on around them was surreal. Watching what each chose to do was moving. And seeing how the war was effecting no
Bill Ward
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read and loved this author's other books set during the second world war and this start of a new series is yet another fabulous read. The story centers around the early days of the occupation of Paris and one particular family. The two sisters are completely different characters and both have to house German officers. These two officers are also completely different characters. I love the way this author manages to reveal the history of a terrible time through just a few believable charac ...more
S.R. Mallery
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***** Bravo!

What a marvelous story! I’ve been fascinated by each of this author’s books, whether it be about the Nuremberg Trials, the inter-workings of the Nazis, or the use of female Jewish sex slaves in Nazi camps, but I have to say, INDIGO REBELS is my favorite.

Opening up in 1939 Paris just as the Nazis are encroaching upon the city, we are introduced to three family siblings, each one more different than the next. There’s Giselle––hedonistic, self-involved, and strong willed, much like Scar
Dominique Kyle
If you are forced by the enemy to house senior officers in your house, what are you supposed to do? You cannot refuse, or you will be punished. You cannot leave because you will be homeless and your house will be permanently requisitioned. You did not invite them in, yet you are despised by others for having them there and seen as a collaborator. You feel guilty since because of the existence of your unwanted ‘guests’ you receive more food and more firewood than the rest of the population in ord ...more
Kata Mlek
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Midwood is an undisputed queen of the historical fiction world. Why do I say that? As she's simply the best writer specializing in that genre I came across and I doubt there's anyone capable of dethroning this great author.
What makes Ellie's books exceptional is thorough research (I'm impressed as I'm not history master) and convincing characters I easily identified with. While reading the books I decided I was partially Giselle (the writer) and partially Kamille. That brought me to the c
Carissa Lynch
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Ellie nailed this one! She weaves fiction and reality, creating a masterpiece that keeps me turning pages into the night! Whenever she has a new book out, I just stop what I'm doing and there's no hope of anything getting done until I've finished!
This book is based on three siblings, all very different, living in the new occupied France in the 1940s. What I love most about Ellie's books is that I feel like I get to experience history -- real history -- through the eyes of so many different
Grant Leishman
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Cards on the table here - I've been a longtime fan of Ellie Midwood's and I gobble up each new book she writes, like manna. Her latest work, The Indigo Rebels takes her World War II genre, out of Germany and into occupied France.
The Germans have entered Paris as conquerors, with the French army decimated and in tatters. Many of the Parisians have fled the city, south to the Free Zone, but not sisters Giselle and Kamille. The character of Giselle is beautifully worked and developed by Midwood. S
Allen M Werner
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading The Indigo Rebels, I couldn't put it down. I've read several other books by Ellie Midwood and her research, writing and storytelling just keeps improving. In my opinion, the other books were all five star efforts but this latest book surpassed them all. To start with, this master of WW2 novels, didn't focus on one character this time around but opened the tale with three main characters, three siblings, Giselle, Kamille and Marcel. Each is a fascinating individual in their ...more
Heather Osborne
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of Readers' Favorite

A riveting tale taking place during the German occupation of Paris during World War II, The Indigo Rebels by Ellie Midwood presents to the reader a story of three siblings, with very different lives, coming together in the most unexpected of fashions. Giselle Legrand, the eldest, is an author, living a privileged life in Paris, with little care for protocol or social convention. Kamille Blanchard, her younger sister, a widow, is caught in the shadow of her
David Thompson
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Indigo Rebels by Ellie Midwood is set during the German occupation of France during World War II. The story follows one French family- sisters Giselle and Kamille, and their brother, Marcel. The plot revolves around the interactions these three have- good and bad- with both the German occupiers and one another.
Marcel is an idealistic young man, coming of age in a world torn asunder. Kamille is a down on her luck widow with very low self-esteem. Giselle is a high society novelist and self-absorb
Kat Drennan
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ellie Midwood transports us into the terrifying reality of WWII with the personal story of French author, Giselle Legrand, whose courage and audacity had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time as I was reading. Together with her brother and sister, whose lives were changed forever by the Occupation; and the German officers who took over their homes, Midwood’s characters live and breathe on the page and make one forget they are reading a book.
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Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed fro ...more

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