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Code Name Lily

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A retiring dermatologist is busily preparing himself for a life of leisure at age 70. He and his wife of over forty years live comfortably in the same house in Cranston, Rhode island, where they have raised their two adult daughters, both in their forties. Tony and Marge Papineau are ready for their golden years, but a sudden phone call from the current owner of Tony's chi ...more
Published November 8th 2018 by Julien Ayotte
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Code Name Lily: Legend of the Belgian Resistance: Based on a True Story was written by Julien Ayotte. To be honest, I had my doubts about this book as I started reading it. It seemed to bounce around from one person to another without a purpose. I thought it was just another historical romance where someone told the story from the present and someone told the story from the past as those in the present found clues to follow. Then, in the end, there would be a meeting of the main characters once
Very good read about the heroes who helped run the Comet escape line over the Pyrenees mountains. Lily, was her code name and she was often talked about amongst the men she rescued. The author did a really good job at having a storyline that weaves together, yet gave each person their own part of the story. I still can’t fathom what these people truly did to save others. A highly recommended read for all WWII book lovers. Thank you Julien for the opportunity to read your novel, I am grateful for ...more
A. Keith
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Through the Discovery of an Unknown Journal, a Sweeping Epic Tale of World War Two Unfolds.

As the days pass, the silent howitzers of time [paraphrase from Lincoln’s 1838 “Young Men’s Lyceum” speech] have almost completed their cannonade on leveling the passing of those serving in World War Two. The apocalypse of war and the multifaceted specters the World War unleashed throughout the globe were beyond horrendous, they were stupefying. The disaster and conflict that ensued held its wartime thrall
Pamela Carey
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, partly because I know the author and partly because my husband and I visited many of the locations in the Basque regions of France and Spain mentioned in this true story.

A retiring dermatologist is busily preparing himself for a life of leisure at age 70. He and his wife of over forty years have lived comfortably in the same house in Cranston, Rhode island. Tony and Marge Papineau are ready for their golden years, but a sudden phone call from the current owner of Tony's childh
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This book reads like something written to document a family history. In the first few pages, there is a lot of backstory and the dialogue is repetitive (the contents of a phone conversation between Tony and the current owner of Tony's childhood home is repeated to Tony's wife, then later to his children) and banal. Though the members of the French Comet Line are heroic (they rescued downed airmen from the Germans) their story is told in a distant omniscient point of view and often reads like a r ...more
Jean Roberts
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love historical fiction and I really, really wanted to love this book. I was sadly disappointed. To me, it reads like a bad mashup of fiction and nonfiction. The fictional narrative is interrupted by large chunks of Wikipedia-ish writing, interspersed with wooden dialogue. The plot wanders back and forth between storylines, past and present. The story would be better served written as pure historical fiction or as a nonfiction book about The Comet Line.

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Lori Fitzgerald
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful tribute!

What a wonderful tribute to those who stepped up during a very trying time in history to aid those who came to their aid. WWII was a horrific period when unimaginable acts were committed against the people of Europe and the story tells of the acts of those who stood up against the Reich to assist the allies in any way they could. Many thanks for sharing the amazing acts of those who contributed to the Comet line, and just as many thanks to those who actually worked the Comet li
Mehrnaz Siavoshi
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a paid review through Online Book Club. All opinions are my own.

This book told a beautiful story about the resistance and Comet Line in Belgium during World War II. However, while the book was well researched and exposed a little-known aspect of the war, I found it to be repetitive and a bit dry in parts. Large chunks of the book read like a textbook.

But, if you like World War II historical fiction, I would recommend trying this book out.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved the history and learning all about this network set up to save downed pilots during WW II. Mostly, I love that Ayotte chose to educates us on the bravery of these civilians and the important roles women took on. It's an important work for documenting these events and for giving recognition to the contributions of women during this war.
Perhaps because I was interested mainly in the non-fictional portions of the book, I did not really care for the fictionalized accounts of the characters.
Erin Dydek
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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This book outlines the achievements of the Comet Line during WWII with the addition of dialogue and a fictional romance. I read this book expecting more on the fiction side, but it read more like a history report about the important figures of the effort to rescue downed airmen during the war. The book seemed well researched but was very repetitive. The narrative also felt disjointed -jumping from past to present and introducing the same figures multiple times. I admire the efforts of the Comet ...more
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The Comet Line was an escape route for downed fliers run by the Belgian Resistance. The story of its exploits are told in this historical novel. Had it not been for this piece of fiction I would have remained unaware of these actions. For that reason I enjoyed the story.
Priscilla Myers
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True heroics during WW II

Amazing true story about the resistance in Belgium. I was in awe at the determination and dedication of the group who aided down airmen to reach neutral territory. The Gestapo were constantly on alert to arrest the downed airmen and their helpers.
Julie O'brien
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Truly amazing story about not only a part of WWII that is not well known - the resistance in Belgium - but how strong a role women played in helping those captured.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, inspiring bravery with ties to RI. Can’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t put it down.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love stories about the quiet heroes. I truly am fascinated by such bravery exhibited by the civilians in saving the lives of airmen by helping them get to a safe place.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story with a local twist
A part of World War II history I didn’t know about
Kathleen Ryan
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Learning history via a novel makes me hunger for more. I knew a little about the partisans helping allied airmen over the Pyrennes into Spain, but learned so much more thanks to this book. Well done.
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