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The Soldier's Girl

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  54 reviews
France 1944. An English Nurse. A German Soldier. A tragic love affair …

English girl Sibyl Lake arrives in Colmar, a small French town, surrounded by vineyards and swarming with German soldiers. Trained as a nurse, Sibyl has been recruited as a British Agent to support the French Resistance.

When Sibyl’s work leads her to her childhood sweetheart Jacques, she is overjoyed.
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published November 2nd 2018 by Bookouture
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review . Expected publication is November 2018

An English Nurse. A German Soldier. A tragic love affair. This is the tagline for this particular book, and it is false advertising at its finest. Or rather the person that created the cover, didn't read the book. Because what is really about is an English girl named Sibyl, who was trained as a nurse, but is sent to the Alsace region under Vera Atkins network because she can speak French a
Kellyn Roth
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-to-come

Dear Author,

I stayed up until 2:30 only to have my heart shattered. Thanks... I didn't need that at all. ;) Okay, but ugggghhhhhh! Wolf!!!!!!!

This was a fantastic read which I shall have to review later when my heart has settled. But first:


2. Why was this so good?

3. Not Christian, FYI - some language (b****, d***, h***) - one or two each - some scary gruesome spy stuff - brief nudity (like book nudity but y'know it's there), sex out of marr
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
We first meet Sibyl as a child when they go to France after the loss of a family member. It was good to see her as a care free child and how she excels in three different languages. Having always wanted to be able to speak a different language, I was quite envious of Sibyl in how fluently she spoke them.

When Sibyl is recruited to basically be a spy, well my heart jumped. As fabulous as it sounds to be a secret agent, it is very dangerous and especially at the time of the world war when so many h
✨ Kaira ✨
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The plot was okay, I guess. The dialogues especially the German soldier was absolutely awkward and cringy and not in the cute way. More like in a creepy way.

Anyways, at the first quarter of the novel, I somehow like the female protagonist but as I read, I began to, I don't know, find her a bit dull?
Renita D'Silva
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Sharon Maas is one of my favourite authors and with this book, she has excelled herself, raising the bar. In my opinion, this is Sharon's best book so far - no mean feat as every single one of her books is an absolute masterpiece. From the thrilling and intriguing prologue right up until the end, this is a beautifully written, vivid story bringing the war and its attendant dangers, the brave women like Sybil who put their life on line every single minute in one of the most fraught ways, to ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Soldier’s Girl is a captivating, historical fiction novel, which takes place during WWII. I found the book to be a little confusing at first, but after a few chapters, the story fell into place. I was wholly engrossed until the very end.

Sybil missed her life and her childhood friends, in Alsace, France. And, although, Sybil had been living in England for years, she always considered France to be her home. So after becoming a competent nurse, she sought a position in France, nursing soldiers
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book a wonderful and heartbreaking which drew me in it has strong charactors and a beautiful story and if you want to read a great book then read this.well worth 5*
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
I absolutely love this cover, it’s gorgeous… This story is beautifully written and heart-breaking.

There is a bit of the story I want to share with you as it’s true and can still be applied today, not often I do this but it just stood out for me…

“It was identification with labels that caused all the strife in the world. That divided people. All the messes, all the chaos, both internally and externally, came from people identifying with the label instead of their basic humanness.”

With rememberance
Emma Crowley
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Soldier's Girl by Sharon Maas sees the author stepping away from her books set in India and Guiana and venturing down into new territory by basing a book around World War Two. Specifically the Alsace region, an area I knew very little about prior to reading this story. In the end notes Sharon has said her publishers suggested she try a book set during the war years and I am ever so glad they did because The Soldier's Girl was an interesting, riveting read that showed the author can turn her ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a decent read. I actually liked it! The beginning was a bit slow for me, going through Sybil's teenage years and meeting Jacques. I guess we needed to know more about how they met and how she came to becoming a spy. This book was overly descriptive in parts being that it was too wordy for me with certain things that I felt could have been trimmed. I also seem to have a streak of reading love triangles lately! Ugh its just so sad!
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star
I loved loved loved this story. It was the epitome of why I am so enamoured with wartime historical fiction, especially those featuring strong female characters. This was an especially lovely story but fraught with emotion and tension. It ended on a particularly strange note and left speculation for another instalment.

I have enjoyed several of this authors books in the past and continued to be impressed by her writing skill and the tone of her work. This is a must read for those interested in t
Helen (TBC)
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, tbc
The Soldier's Girl is a tense story about a strong, intelligent woman who volunteers to help save her adopted country and will go to any length to see the job done.

Whilst reading this well written novel I learned more about the war in and history of Alsace, the plight of the people who's nationality was switched between French and German, the importance of the region as Hitler's last stand and the resistance and bravery of the people native to the region.

I was carried along by the story line an
Rosie Amber
The Soldier’s Girl is a wartime historical fiction. I bought this book after reading a glowing review of it on another book blog. I enjoy this genre, especially the intense fear and danger that resistance members and agents put themselves under.

The story beings in the pre-war years from 1929. Recently widowed, Sibyl’s mother takes her two young daughters to Alsace, France, where they can heal from the horrors of a father who left them with little financial support. They stay with her mother’s sc
Angela Petch
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three identities, three roles

I really enjoyed this exciting war story with a difference, once the action moved to beautiful Alsace and I was taken into occupied territory. I visit this area each year, a curious region of France, almost Germanic, with its fairy tale architecture and special, guttural French and I've always wondered about the Occupation in this region, being so close to the German border.
The writing really came into its own once Part 2 was underway and I was plummeted into occupie
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway, arc
I love finding WWII novels about areas that I didn't know much about during the war and this was one of those. I did not know much about the Alsace in France and did not realize that the area was once German and was fought for so hard by the Germans during the war. Sibyl was an excellent heroine and the story itself was very interesting, however the writing often lacked some necessary editing. My ARC was provided by the publisher Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Debbie Patten
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic historical read

I read a lot of WWII historical fiction so it's unusual to find a story with history I am unaware of. So this was a delightful surprise. The story and characters alone were beautifully crafted, but, I was completely captivated with the history of Alsace. A must read for any WWII history buff!
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**I recvd this book in exchange for my honest review from netgalley**

I feel like I've read this book before. I just spent a little bit of time reading my read list on goodreads looking for the book I'm thinking of. A WWII romance thing that had to do with a german soldier. It's driving me nuts, that book ended slightly different though. The ending to this one felt abrupt. It kinda just cut off there. Some of this book was tedious to read, boring, not as much action as I thought. Some of it felt
Cindy Woods
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story to read!!!

I have just finished reading this extraordinary story of a young English girl who spent much of her childhood on a vineyard in Alsace, then France. Some years later, as a young adult and after Nazi Germany has annexed Alsace, she returns as a spy.

This is not at all what I expected from a WWII spy novel. It it so much more as it describes the beautiful location and details the impact of war on the ground. I was unaware of the forced 'Germanization' of the citizenry or the politi
Stacy Walton
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Soldier's Girl is a monumental journey filled with enticingly dangerous espionage, loss and heartbreak and I was gripped from page one. It is a well researched and detail orientated story that picks you up and places you directly in Alsace France amidst World War II in such a way that you can almost smell the fear and horrors of war.

Sibyl's story transgresses a range of emotions and at times can be bleak and extremely difficult to read as her role as a spy becomes increasingly harder as the
3.5 Stars – Rounded

Sybil, her sister Elena, and mother are first encountered in their trip to France after her father’s suicide and financial ruin. Staying with a school friend of her mother’s at a successful vineyard, Sybil and Elena find a new joy in life, time to heal and recover from their grief and simply be children. But, after arriving in some 5 or 6 years earlier, rumblings of war and their mother’s need to move on and build a life of her own sees them returned to England and torn from
Wytzia Raspe
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Advertised as a tragic love affair this novel turns out as something rather different. You expect her to fall in love with a German while her childhood friend is in the resistance and she is send back to the Alsace as a spy. And then I wondered when that was happening.

What you can distil from this novel is the love of the writer for the area where she herself also spend many happy years. The part of the novel situated before the outbreak of war, where a child Sybil lives on a wine château, is th
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book brought tears to my eyes and every chapter was a new twist to the story. We are on the lookout for romantic Christian Fiction such as this and this book I know will do very well on our shelves and our patrons will be in for a wonderful treat!

The Soldier's Girl told the story of Sybil and her desire to fall in love. She falls in love with her childhood sweetheart Jacques but with the war going on, their reunion is short-lived and he is sent overseas. Sybil later meets Commander Wolfgang
I'm sorry to have to rate this book so low, but it did not hit high/good levels for me.

What I liked
The writing was good, this can be a bad thing though to because It makes you see how much potential was there
I liked that the plot had a lot to do with the Alsace experience with WWII
I liked some of the characters Such As Wolfgang, and Oncle Yves

What I did not like so much
Everything was so superficial, The Alsace region and experience for WWII was used but all that was wrote about was Wine. How muc
Kati Berman
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Soldier’s Girl by Sharon Maas
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I don’t like to rate books low, but this book just didn’t grab me in anyway. I felt it was a very poor Nightingale wannabe. Sybil, later Jeanne, then Marlene was trained as a nurse but after a brief period of nursing she is recruited to be a British spy during WWII in the Alsace region of France, now occupied by Germans and made part of Germany. The novel dives downhill from the moment Sybil l
Lee Husemann
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out in Colmar, France in 1929 when Kathleen Lake brings her two daughters, Sibyl and Elena to stay with her friend, Margaux and her children after the suicide of Kathleen's husband, Mervyn. In 1935, Kathleen accepts a marriage proposal from a co-worker who is transferred to England so she and her daughters move back to England. Sibyl eventually becomes a nurse and nurses the war wounded. As World War II escalates, she joins the French Resistance and returns to France as a spy. S ...more
Rachel Bustin
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of books set around World War II, and this one didn’t disappoint me. It’s a wonderful story of love, betrayal and hero’s surrounded by danger so you get that suspense element also.

One of the things I loved about this book was of how detailed the setting was. The descriptions brought such real life to the book as I was reading through, it felt as if I was there during the war.

The main character Sibyl returned to Alsace, France, her childhood home as a British Agent, not as a nurse
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
English girl Sibyl Lake arrives in Colmar, a small French town, surrounded by vineyards and swarming with German soldiers. Trained as a nurse, Sibyl has been recruited as a British Agent to support the French Resistance.

When Sibyl’s work leads her to her childhood sweetheart Jacques, she is overjoyed. But their happy reunion is shortlived as it is not just Jacques’ eye that Sibyl has caught …

Commander Wolfgang von Haagan is very taken with the attractive English stranger, and Sibyl realises th
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Sharon Maas' writing. I think I've enjoyed all of her books so far.

I have to say this book or rather the description of the book in the blurb was so off. The story is nothing like the blurb says. In actual fact, the storyline is far better and engrossing.

Sybil, a young English woman in the second world war, is working as a nurse when her abilities are noticed and is recruitment to become a secret agent. In her role as a secret agent, she ends up in Alsace, her home after her
Christina J.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it!

This was a really good story. If you've read The Kommandant's Girl and The Lost Girls of Paris, you'll like this, too. But this is better than The Lost Girls of Paris. Sibil was a strong young woman, as both a nurse and spy. The time period from her being a girl to becoming a woman with tortured feelings and situations was enthralling and exciting. I had a hard time putting it down. I think the story was well thought out, and I liked the historical aspect. I didn't know anything about t
Donna Maguire

I love this author’s books and I was delighted to see that she had a new release out and couldn’t wait to get started on the story – an I have to say that it is a very well written and captivating story that held my attention throughout.

I thought the main characters were excellent, very well developed and they had brilliant personalities, quite contrasting but you could see the friendship and how it had developed. The plot is lovely and I love reading book
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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1951, and spent many childhood hours either curled up behind a novel or writing her own adventure stories. Sometimes she had adventures of her own, and found fifteen minutes of Guyanese fame for salvaging an old horse-drawn coach from a funeral parlor, fixing it up, painting it bright blue, and tearing around Georgetown with all her teenage friends. Th
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