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Madame Fiocca

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A gripping tale of love and espionage in Occupied France, based on true events.

February 1933: When her aunt gifts her two hundred pounds, twenty-year-old Nancy Wake embarks on a world cruise. Afterwards, she becomes a journalist and finds work in Paris. The city is glamorous, brimming with journalists, artists, and refugees.

While travelling across Europe on assignments,
Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published December 13th 2019 by Avis Press
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Cynthia Hamilton
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the first paragraph of this enthralling biography that reads like a memoir, my attention was firmly grabbed and it never once flagged, even when it looked like Nancys life would be all love and roses. I had never heard of Nancy Wake, the independent, adventurous woman who seized life with both hands, living fully, embracing all it had to offer. But I immediately fell under her spell, tagging along as she made her way into adulthood and headlong into some of the most tumultuous times our ...more
Literary Soirée
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stunning novelized bio on Allied spy Nancy Wake, once #1 on the Gestapos most wanted list.

What sets this apart from all the other books on Wake is the authors engaging writing style and her imagined take on Nancys rich inner life. Henderson adds emotional depth that endears Wake forever to us.

You will be inspired, heartbroken, and left asking the question: Could I do what Nancy did?

Pub Date 13 Dec 2019

Thanks to BooksGoSocial, the author and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

Karren  Sandercock
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Suzy Henderson for giving me the change to read her new book: Madame Fiocca and I enjoyed reading her previous book: The Beauty Shop.

February 1933, when Nancy Wake is sent a cheque by her Aunt Hinemona, she decided to grab the opportunity, leave Australia and move to New York. Nancy was born in New Zealand, her family moved to Australia when she was a toddler, she was the youngest child, she had two older brothers and three older sisters. One day Nancy's dad left
Sassy Southern
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a such a good glimpse into the real life of Nancy Wake. I really love reading historical romantic fiction and this book definitely captured all the key components. Nancy was more than ready to leave her home at 17 when given the opportunity due to a difficult childhood. Nancy starts her young adult journey traveling from her home in Australia to New York to England then finally to France. It's there where Nancy becomes a journalist and finds her passion and need for justice. But ...more
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic ARC of this historical novel from Suzy Henderson on February 27, 2020. Thank you for sharing your hard work with me! I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I have joyfully added Suzy Henderson to my favorite, must-read list. She writes with heart and clarity. Nancy Wake was an actual person, her life and contributions to the war effort well researched and honestly folded into this historical novel based on ...more
An Independent Woman

This book tells the story of Nancy Wake. Later after she married Henri Fiocca she became known as Madame Fiocca. She was known to the Nazi's as The White Mouse. She devoted most of her life to resisting the Nazi's, helping others escape from them and the spread of their terror. She won many awards for her bravery, lost her husband to the Nazi's and kept on going.

She was an independent woman excelling in all that she attempted. She had an exciting , challenging and sometimes
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, historical, women
I have just finished Madame Fiocca, and I'm stunned. There are some books that, when you've finished them, you pick up the next one and start reading.
This is not one of those books. I'm going to have to sit with it and mull it over for a week or so, just to take it all on board. I suspect I'll go back and re-read it several time, in order to do it justice.

I wanted to read this book because as a woman in New Zealand, I've grown up hearing about Nancy Wake and her work with the French Resistance
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
You know the first time I read the summary for Madame Fiocca I decided against reading it as I dont read historical fiction as much now as I did when I was younger. But Madame Fiocca would not leave me alone. I thought about it for days before actually deciding to read it.

Madam Fiocca intrigued me from the first time I read the summary. I kept thinking that it was about World War Two with Germany and France. Another reason that Madame Fiocca would not leave me alone was that we have the same
Sheila Patel
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, well written, easy to follow, full of historical and interesting World War two facts.
The true story of Nancy Wake follows her life from Australia to France, from her romance with Henri to her transformation to Freedom fighter for the French Resistance.
This book goes from a glamorous champagne filled life in France to the real life horrors of war. After witnessing the Nazi treatment of the Jews, Nancy, goes quickly from wife and journalist to a fully trained spy.
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is historical fiction based on the life of Nancy Wake. She was a decorated war hero in France during WWII. Born in Australia, she was a restless young girl who yearned to travel. When her Aunt left her money, her dreams came true. She had left home at 16 and trained to be a nurse. Once she started traveling, she knew she must find other skills. Soon she started studying to be a lawyer and then a journalist. Being a journalist allowed her to travel to France where she fell in
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nancy Wake wants more from life than to stay in her homeland of Australia.  After receiving some money from her Aunt, Nancy travels the world and lands in Paris.  Nancy finds work as a journalist in the 1930's as Hitler's rise to power overtakes Europe.  During this time Nancy meets Henri Fiocca, a wealthy French industrialist and known playboy.  Nancy and Henry eventually fall for each other's charms and settle in Marseilles.  As Hitler's influence encroaches on France, Nancy knows she can not ...more
Pete Hartley
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a well-camouflaged, and hence charmingly surprising, wartime escapade profiling a remarkable woman. Her initial profession of pre-war international correspondent enables her to keep ahead of the curve in terms of unfolding international events, and her subsequent subversive roles bury her deep in the dramatic core of very testing times.

The book paints an initially lush, and latterly bleak, backdrop of mid-twentieth century Europe providing an almost cinematic documentary of the advance,
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, biography
What an incredible story that becomes almost more unbelievable when you realize that this is based on the true account of Nancy Wake, a reporter for the Hearst Newspaper. The author has done a fabulous amount of research to bring this history alive. Certainly the actions of those in the various Resistance groups are not unknown to us, but this is the first time I have read such an in-depth account of one who helped fight the Nazis in the only way she could. The White Mouse, the name the Gestapo ...more
Bernadette Robinson
My thanks to the Publishers via NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a 4 stars or 8/10.

This is a story woven around the true story of Nancy Wake, one of the Gestapo's most wanted during the second World War. Suzy Henderson has woven a narrative that has been researched by her well. It's quite clear that she has done the research as she includes some Author's notes and references factual books on the true story of Nancy Wake.

I enjoyed reading
Marcia Meakim
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Knowing this heart-stopping book is actually based on the life of Nancy Wake, AKA The White Mouse, who was wanted by the Gestapo in France during World War 2 made it even more exhilarating. What an amazingly brave woman she was...I cant believe I have never heard of her before. I fell in love with Nancy from the start when she became the target of her mothers anger over her own frustrating life. Nancy luckily escaped her mothers negativity and decided to become a journalist. In her quest to ...more
Mary Scanlon
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book. I had heard very little about Nancy Wake and this story made me want to read more about her. As a new citizen of Paris, Nancy has a successful career in journalism and ends up meeting the love of her life, Henri. When Nancy begins to understand the atrocities that are being committed by the Germans, she vows to do everything she can to defeat them. At the outset, she is a courier for the Resistance but is then forced to leave France due to the Nazi's looking for her. ...more
Cynthia Hilston
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring novel!

Suzy Henderson's historical novel follows the life of a real historical figure, Nancy Wake, who fought bravely with the Free French during World War II. It's clear that the author's significant research has paid off and rendered an accurate biographical novel. The writing flows beautifully, at times with deep heartache for the trials people endured during the war. Nancy Wake's life is a testimony to the enduring hope that many kept alive during such harrowing times. I applaud
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
Brilliant captivating thrilling read
Totally enjoyed The Beauty Shop by Suzy Henderson, so I was looking forward to reading her second book, I was not disappointed.
Based on the life of heroine and resistance fighter Madame Fiocca is a compelling enthralling read.
It tells the story of Nancy a British journalist who became involved in the fight against the Nazis in Occupied France. We learn of Nancys life in France before the Second World war. A story of an ordinary woman who fell in love
Meaghan Hurn
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took no time for me to be enthralled in Nancy Wake's world!

While this may be a biography it reads like a memoir and you'll find yourself fulled invested in Nancy even before her world turns upside down.

It's no secret why Suzy Henderson was drawn to Nancy Wake, her indomitable character and the woman she would become, Madame Fiocca. Nancy jumped into the fight against Hitler with both feet, regardless of the fact that she was a woman.

What an incredible story that becomes almost more
Rosie Amber
3.5 stars

Madame Fiocca is a World War Two historical fiction based on the true story of Nancy Wake.

Nancy was born in New Zealand, but she lived in Australia. She left home at a young age and trained first as a nurse and then as a journalist. During the build up to the second world war, Nancy found work based in Paris. She met and married French industrialist Henri Fiocca and for a short time they lived together in Marseille.

Here Nancy supported the allies where she was part of important escape
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one epic true story of a bold and loving woman.. She fought war like a hero with the hope of freedom and love.. The book was well written, as if it really brought me back in the time of war.. I felt the struggle, the homesickness, the loneliness and the frustrations brought about by war.. Thanks to Suzy Henderson for this book..
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story that will capture your heart and soul
Madame Fiocca tells the story of Nancy Wake. An Australian girl that leaves to Paris, something that has been her dream for years. However, when WWII arrives she's caught in the middle and she can't just stay sited waiting for the war to end. And so, she decides to do something. And little by little she becomes an important part of the espionage against Nazis.
This was such an amazing book! I know it took me a while to read but it wasn't because it
Miss Lisa Ann Ogden
Would recommend, good read.

Enjoyed following the story of Madame Fiocca and seeing how the character progressed. I couldn't wait to continue reading .
Polly Krize
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Based on a true story, the life of Nancy Wake is well explored in this historical book. Working against the Nazis during WWII, she was a freedom fighter for the French Resistance, a journalist, and so much more. Well written and compelling.
Debbie Trammell
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book

Nancy Wake was trult a remarkable women, with the luck of the Irish. This book is beautifully written and well reseached. Anyone interested in W W 2 and the French resistance will love this book.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating story based on the life of Nancy Wake, the resistance fighter. A British journalist who covered stories throughout Europe and met people involved with the French resistance against the Nazis.

"Nothing was certain, but the present moment was perfect."

Brave, independent woman. This was another late read until the end! Suzy Henderson did a fantastic job on this must read novel! I will be reading more from her.

Thank you to publisher and NetGalley for the eARC
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