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At the height of World War II, three women must come together to fight for freedom, for the men they love—and for each other.

When Hazel is given the chance to parachute into Nazi-occupied France, she seizes the opportunity to do more for the British war effort than file paperwork. Alongside her childhood friend, French-born Rose, she quickly rises up the ranks of the fre

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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published January 10th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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James I'd say it would probably be suitable. There aren't any sex scenes but there are several more intimate moments where characters would hold each other…moreI'd say it would probably be suitable. There aren't any sex scenes but there are several more intimate moments where characters would hold each other and kiss. Certainly nothing too graphic. Standard romance. There's no strong language, either (with the small exception of one or two mildly bad words (e.g. "bastard") but nothing frequent at all.

As to be expected with a book set in WWII, you'll read about tragedy, death, torture, and other atrocities committed by the Germans. But nothing is mentioned in great detail. It's rather tame, really. The majority of the book is about the adventures of three young women who risked their lives to help with the war effort by joining the resistance in occupied France. It's about love, friendship and bravery and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. (less)

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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars! This was a captivating and powerful book!

This novel tells an unforgettable story about three courageous young women whose lives intersect as part of the Resistance during WWII. Sophia, Hazel and Rose come from very different backgrounds and are each determined to become part of the Resistance during WWII.

I am very drawn to WWII stories, especially those that involve the brave members of the Resistance. For me, this book is a stand-out story in this genre. The writing was exquisite. T
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Kathryn
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
Hearts of Resistance starts with a short prologue filled with danger that immediately starts me both worrying and asking questions about will these women survive?

Then we are taken back in time and introduced one by one to three women, whom by the time the book finished I did not want to leave. Three women - one English, one German, one French and their lives are utterly changed by WW11.

There is Hazel - English - engaged and watching her fiance go off to war, and in an environment tha
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The Lit Bitch
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This if my first official book of 2018….the first one that I read and reviewed this year. I read Lane’s earlier novel, Wives of War, back in June and was really impressed with her ability to write interesting characters and a romance that I was invested in.

When Hearts of Resistance came up, it was an easy yes for me to review and I was thrilled to read it and see how Lane’s writing grew in the next book and what sort of romance was in store.

This time we meet very different female leads
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Sue
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The history books would have you believe that wars are won only because of the men on the front lines while the women are at home knitting socks and growing gardens. This wonderful book puts an end to that myth because its about three strong women working in the French resistance during WWII. They all have different backgrounds and different reasons for fighting against the Nazi regime but their goal is the same.

Rose lives in luxury in France. Her beloved husband died and she found out afterward
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Carol Boyer
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I am still swirling with emotions having just finished reading this extraordinary book! My heart has leaped with fear, in awe of these empowered women, Hazel, Rose and Sophia as they fight for freedom against the Nazis during WWII. They were strong women, courageous, facing unimaginable dangers, willing to risk their lives each for their own reasons and loves. Achingly beautiful stories for each women kept me reading with tears and cheers as many cliffhanger chapters kept the pages turning ...more
Lisa
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
2.5 stars
This book was okay but I was a little disappointed.
I expected a gritty story from three different woman who join the resistance in WWII and become friends in the face of adversity and horror.
What I got was a superficial version of this story where it was difficult to differentiate between the three main characters.
I liked some of the drama and settings but all three women felt like the same person which distanced me from them and made the story seem unreal.
It's an easy read but too rom
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Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I enjoy books set during WW2 about the Resistance - but not this one. It was so formulaic and superficial. It's about three Resistance workers in France who become close friends. The chapters move between the perspectives of Sophia (who is German), Hazel (who is English) and Rose (who is French), but they are so poorly characterised that they all felt like the same person. I read an online interview with the author that she spends one month doing research...which is not a lot, and it shows. It d ...more
The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
May 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Only folks with no visible discernment about what is--and isn't--good writing
Recommended to The Just-About-Cocky Ms M by: A moment of self-deluded hope that this one was better than the first one
I thought Wives of War was a bad, cliche-ridden potboiler with no sense of history, historical accuracy, culture, society, proper behavior by and among the characters, but this was worse, much worse.

Sophomoric, pedestrian writing, the usual cardboard characters with nothing to distinguish them in any manner, predictable and poorly-constructed plot, and absolutely no idea about WWII. None.

A ridiculous mash-up of Charlotte Gray, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, and every Hollywood B-movie about t
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Fanna
Wow, I loved this! I was skeptical when picking this up since historical fiction is not always my cup of tea, but now I'm so happy I read this.


Hearts of Resistance is a story set in the times of World War II that perfectly features, includes and revolves around women.


The plot is centered around three women—Sophia, Rose and Hazel—who work against their expected roles at the time of a war. Instead of waiting on their partners to return from the battlefield, sewing socks for the soldiers or w
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Laura
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star
As a historical novel featuring predominantly women during the Second World War, this was typical of the type of fiction I lean towards. I found the first half of the book much better than the second half, when my attention began to waver and I found myself losing track of the complexities of the storyline.

The story is based on the female resistance fighters for the allies during the war. Although loosely based on reality, the women are fictional. The book intrigued me to find out more about th
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Erica (ricci.reads)
Set during WW2 'Hearts of Resistance' follows three women from different backgrounds, exploring their roles in the resistance movement against the Nazis.

It reads a lot like a contemporary romance, so you might enjoy it even if historical fiction isn't usually your thing.

At times this novel was very suspenseful and each character had a distinct voice and background which was intriguing! However, the entire plot fast became unrealistic for me and characters didn't quite fully develop, and unfortun
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Goldencam
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hearts of Resistance, by Soraya M. Lane, follows three women through the devastation of WWII as they fight against the Nazi’s across Europe. The first third of the book is one long extended recruiting montage (in a good way, as we get to know the characters and their motivations). Sophia is in love with a Jewish man, Alex, but that won’t go over well with her Nazi father. When Alex’s family is taken away, Sophia hides him in her Berlin apartment and helps ferry other Jews out of the city for mon ...more
Denise Hershberger
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Lane but the cover, title, and back cover caught my eye. I love just about any novel set during WWII and I especially love strong female leads so this one about 3 strong women was perfect.

I really enjoyed getting to know each of the women both separately and together. I was especially inspired by Sophia's bravery. In her circumstances I felt she was probably in the most danger for the longest amount of time. Truly though, I admire anyone who did what these ladies did du
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
I have always felt a pull to WW II; the era has always interested me. In Hearts of Resistance, that pull was very strong.

From the prologue to the very end, I was drawn into the lives of Sophia, Hazel and Rose. These three women exemplified what it meant to be a survivor during a time of war and hatred. All of them were of such strong character; I know that the story is considered fiction; however, the attention to detail and to history of the time was spot on.

Ms. Lane has written another heart
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Dana
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always felt a pull to WW II; the era has always interested me. In Hearts of Resistance, that pull was very strong.

From the prologue to the very end, I was drawn into the lives of Sophia, Hazel and Rose. These three women exemplified what it meant to be a survivor during a time of war and hatred. All of them were of such strong character; I know that the story is considered fiction; however, the attention to detail and to history of the time was spot on.

Ms. Lane has written another heart
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Lynn
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three women from three diverse backgrounds make the decision to become involved in the war effort in 1944. Their shared goal is to do whatever they can to stop the Germans, and help the Allies to win this seemingly-endless conflict. Rose is Parisian, fluent in French. Sophia is desperate to do something after her Nazi father catches his wife hiding Jews and hangs her along with all of them. Hazel is looking for a way to help after her fiancée leaves to join the troops.

These three wonderfully str
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Anna
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the height of World War II, three women come together to fight for freedom. Amid the turmoil and tragedy of warfare, they risk losing everything—and everyone—they hold dear.

The book starts with Rose, Hazel, and Sophia in the middle of a very tense situation - and then jumps back in time and introduces us to the 'girls' and tells us how they got into that situation. I found myself liking each of the young ladies, especially Hazel, and crossing my fingers that they would defy the odds and make
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Emily Cyr
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Stephanie
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Leah
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This work of historical fiction takes you on a wild, often difficult ride following three women as they make their mark on history as members of the Resistance in World War 2. Seemingly tough as nails and yet still feminine, these women are also shown to be human. Grief, fright, love, sisterhood. The story keeps the pages turning.
I’ve seen some reviews that call this a romance novel, but that part of the story is mostly in the epilogue and I would definitely not characterize the book as such. Ag
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Jessica Birks
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible read. Soraya Lane is one of my favourite authors. She has the ability to make you feel like you are one of the characters in her books and with this you feel and share each emotion, happy or sad through laughter and tears. Hearts of Resistance had me on the edge of my seat. I literally couldn't put the book down. It really gives you insight into the horrors and triumphs some of the brave women experienced in WW2. If you haven't read Sorayas Wives of War or Voyage of the Heart ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whopping good historical fiction! Hazel, Rose, and Sophia all come to the fight against the Nazis from different places and for slightly different reasons but they make one heck of a team. You will find yourself really caring for these women who take on incredible challenges in great danger. The threat of discovery and capture is always there. Lane has done a good job with the menace they faced. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is for those who look for well written stories of inspiring wom ...more
Laura Larson
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2018
Oh my heart! This book is SUCH an emotional rollercoaster and there is not a single boring page! All three MCs are extremely relatable and heartbreaking and tough and ughhhhh its been almost a week since I finished and I think I'm STILL in an anxiety attack!

Okay, enough fangirling.

Soraya M Lane is EXCELLENT at conveying emotion. I love how varied each MCs story is, and I adore the strength and independence of each of them. The ending- we're talking epilogue here, not end of the main story- felt
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Vanessa  Thomas
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an empowering story.

Wow. This story really pulled at my heart strings. I think its all to easy to forget about these most incredible brave women and how they sacrificed their lives so that we could live in a free world. They're truly inspirational. I thought the author did an absolute amazing job at relaying this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between the three women. I would definitely recommend reading this book.
Heather Mulvihill
Interesting book. Very intriguing. Loved the story. The author was new to me
Rachel
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sad and happy book. I am starting to love reading historical books, normally I hate anything about war because it makes me so angry.

This book was well written and so smooth to read. I love all the chareters, it had me on the edge on my sit a few times. It makes me want to learn more about the brave woman in the war.
Janet
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of three brave women during World War II. At the time it was thought women couldn’t contribute much to the war effort. But these women, and others like them, proved this to be wrong. They sacrificed as much as their male counterparts and sometimes paid the ultimate price. This book is very well written and kept my interest until the end. Hazel, Sophia and Rose are the heroines of this story. All three of these brave women did not hesitate to step up and give up their comfortabl ...more
Karen Trosterud
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story of the hardships that men and women had to endure during the war! Such an emotional attachment of these characters! Highly recommend! #netgalley
Stéphanie Louis
4.5 ⭐ RTC ...more
Megan
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book that I’ve read this year.
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