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Paris, 1941: Going against her mother’s orders, spirited Maggie devotes herself to the Resistance. Her life is a whirlwind of forged passports and secret midnight runs, helping Jews escape. Much to her high-society mother’s disproval, she has fallen in love with Emil, a Jewish Resistance fighter who is wanted by the Nazis.

The city is growing more dangerous by the day, with
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Published April 17th 2020 by Bookouture
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Emma Crowley
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

In Darkness Look for Stars is an impressive read from an author new to me, Clara Benson. On further research it appears that Clara has previously written historical mysteries but this is one of the first books that she has written featuring a World War two setting. I was completely engaged with this book from the opening chapter until the very last page. You are instantly drawn into the story from the brief introduction which sets the scene for what is to come. Flight Lieutenant Alec McLeod, cra
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Stina
Not your usual WW2 historical fiction, IN DARKNESS, LOOK FOR STARS by Clara Benson is a tale of love, loss, hope, danger, resistance, betrayal, fear and jealousy. Spanning a decade from 1941 to 1950, the story is poignant, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. Once I started this captivating read, I could not put it down...and wouldn't have if real life didn't have a habit of getting in the way.

Paris, 1941: Defying her high society mother's expectations and ambitions, Maggie Brouillard ded
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Cathy Geha
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Darkness, Look for the Stars by Clara Benson

Conflict, resistance, love, betrayal, ambition...and so much loss. This story was one that did have some happy moments but with war there is tension, fear and ultimately more loss than many can bear. The fight to survive and do what one perceives to be right is not easy and always takes a toll.

This story is set in the years of 1940, 1942 and 1949 moving seamlessly from one period to the other in a well scripted story that had me on the edge of my
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Michelle Noble
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is really wonderful! It has a dual timeline, but instead of the typical approach of one taking place during WWII and the second during present-day, the second timeline is set in 1949. Both timelines involve events surrounding the Brouillard family, with the 1949 timeline also introducing the perspective of Harriet, a live-in secretary to Rose, the matriarch of the Brouillard family. The family members must reflect on the events of the war and the implications of the wartime choices th ...more
Sydney Long
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
First of all, thank you to NetGalley and Clara Benson for allowing me to read this a little early. I hate to admit that I got a bit caught up in all that’s happening in the world and set it aside for a little bit. So for that, I offer my apologies because usually i can read through a book in a few days time.

This is a story of a musical family set against the backdrop of a German occupied France in the 1940’s. The patriarch of the family was a well known composer who died suddenly and the matriar
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Lizzie
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story, beautifully told.
This is a really accomplished novel that sucks you right in and doesn't let you go. Harriet uncovers Cecilia and her family's mysterious past - and it really is full of bombshells - in this dual timeline set in occupied France and 1950s England. The pace is leisurely but the plot is fantastically twisty, the dialogue all plausible and the characters and their relationships with each other are all very real. Its a really impressive book and would recommend it to
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Shirley McAllister
A family in turmoil

In Darkness, Look for Stars was an engaging book from page one. A famous musical family and their trials during and after the war. The over the top expectations of the mother, Rose. The inability of youngest son Sebastian to meet her demands. The disgrace of Cecilia. The heartbreak of Maggie. The death of the father and the eldest son. Rose’s collaboration with the Germans, and the resistance activities of Maggie and Cecelia. The betrayal by Sebastian.

Fast forward to after the
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J_Mc 251
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your usual WWII historical fiction, this one only spans around a decade instead of the 60+ years you often find. It works nicely mainly because the characters continue to bear the burdens of the war. I thought the follow-through from one timeline to another was smooth, and that there was real growth in some characters, especially Cecilia. It was an interesting story of family loyalty and the lasting repercussions of choices made in haste. For more thoughts, please visit my blog at Fireflies ...more
Richard Hohnbaum
This was an excellent written book. The story line was outstanding. Having lived though the WWII and experienced some of the things that are touched on in this story, made only more real for me. It was truthful, accurate and had great depth of characters.
Vina Creech
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard going at times to keep focused on the story. Not as passionately written as other WW2 fiction I have read, but I still felt compelled to finish it
Cindy Woods
May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A rather juvenile portrayal

This story of a young woman who takes a position as secretary in the home of a professional musical family in post-WWII England. Her new employment puts her directly into a very dysfunctional family and, at times, told in flashbacks of the war period in France. Members of this family were active in the resistance during German occupation.

The writing is full and juvenile. I felt like it was more for a middle school reader but for much of the subject matter dealt with he
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Claire
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall really enjoyed this book.
4 Stars because it took me a while to get into it. Took time to have any thoughts/ feelings on the characters but it did develop and if you enjoy this genre's, it is worth a read.
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Amanda
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As well as being a book geek, I am also a history nerd and I love reading fiction set during the time of the Second World War. I read the synopsis for 'In Darkness, Look For Stars' and I just knew that I had to read this book as soon as I could. I grabbed my Kindle at the earliest opportunity and settled down to read. Oh my word, 'In Darkness, Look For Stars' was certainly an emotional read and then some. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'In Darkness, Look For Stars' but more about that in a bit.
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Julie
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A tale of danger, hope, fear and love written with flair, confidence and style that is so poignant it could sever readers’ heartstrings, In Darkness, Look for Stars is a stirring, captivating and electrifying novel by Clara Benson sure to satisfy readers looking for intelligent, atmospheric and enthralling historical novels.

In Paris, 1941, Maggie defies her high society mother by dedicating her entire life to the Resistance and to ease the fears of the Jewish community by helping them escape fro
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Karyn
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Darkness Look For Stars

I read a lot of historical fiction and that of WWII and this was a heartbreaking yet heartwarming story of what war can do to a family.
The story is told in a dual timeline during the German invasion of France and after the war in England. It centres around the musical Brouillard family. The father was a famous composer and his wife Rose trades on his celebrity status for many years. She has high expectations of her children and is quite the demanding matriarch.
Maggie,
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Karyn
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Darkness Look For Stars

I read a lot of historical fiction and that of WWII and this was a heartbreaking yet heartwarming story of what war can do to a family.
The story is told in a dual timeline during the German invasion of France and after the war in England. It centres around the musical Brouillard family. The father was a famous composer and his wife Rose trades on his celebrity status for many years. She has high expectations of her children and is quite the demanding matriarch.
Maggie,
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loopyloulaura
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Darkness, Look for Stars begins in 1941 with Maggie Brouillard saving the life of RAF officer Alec McLeod after he crashes his plane in war-torn France. We then skip forward to England in 1949 when secretary Harriet Conway arrives at the Brouillard home to work as a secretary. She discovers a family both torn apart and held together by music with no sign of Maggie. Then Alec comes searching for his rescuer...
The narrative is split between the two time periods: we see the events of the war in
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Anna
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of In Darkness, Look For Stars in exchange for my honest review.

Ms. Benson has writing a wonderful story that was inspired by the men and women of the French Resistance who died fighting the German Occupation. The characters were all engaging and you grew to care for them with every page you turned.

The story moves between the dates of: September 1941 in Le Bourget; Hertfordshire, 1949; Nice, 1941, Hertfordshire, 1950; Paris, 1942, 1943 and 1944. The
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Lesley
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating - 3.7 rounded up to 4
Genre - Historical fiction with 2 timelines - 1941 and 1949
Location - 1941- German occupied France / and -1949 Hertfordshire, England

This was an engaging read that really reflects on the horrors of the war, and how it's effects are continued to be felt many years later. It starts in Paris, France with the Brouillard family, which is dedicated to classical music. One daughter, Maggie, is dedicating her life to working with the resistance and helping Jewish citizens esc
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ChellsandBooks (Michelle)
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Bookouture and Sarah Hardy for asking me to review this wonderful book and for being apart of the blog tour.
In Darkness Look For Stars is set in WW2 and follows two character's stories set during the war and just after. Clara Benson has created an amazing story that is full of mystery, love and family drama with the added drama of the war. This is one of my favourite stories recently.
A high society, musical family has to come to terms with living in occupied Paris, Maggie i
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Gee
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maggie Brouillard is the daughter of a famous musician, living in Paris in 1941. She is working with the Resistance, in love with Emil, another member of the Resistance, while her mother, Rose holds court for Parisians and Germans who might be able to help her son, Sebastian on the way to becoming a world class musician, like his father

1949. Harriet Conway is widowed, broken, and needing a job to get herself back together. She ends up at Chaffingham House, the Brouillards English home. Rose is a
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Crystal
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this book interesting in the form the author chose to write it in.

The story is interesting. I was drawn in with the prologue and the story of Maggie. Then, I was disappointed when she didn't show back up in the book until chapter 7. I was intrigued with the prologue and was longing for all of Maggie's story to be told. Turns out, fair warning, the story is ultimately not about Maggie.

I appreciated the fact that there was no hiding from the pain of family secrets and how much damage they
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Anya Siddiqi
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather addictive, but nicely imperfect, too

It was interesting to see how Ms Benson would treat WWII fiction and she did a really good job of it. I learnt something new about the resistance movement in France that I had not known about. There were also some original details which made the characters a little different. It was also fast paced and very well put together.

The only recurring weakness I see in Ms Benson's writing is the sometimes overly romanticized characterisation of some events and
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Amelia
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
It's been a few months since I read historical fiction. In Darkness, Look for Stars was just what I needed to dip my toes back into the genre. I loved the setting of post WWII England, but I've got to be honest, I'm drawn more towards stories set during WWII as opposed to after. In this book particularly, I absolutely LOVED the prologue. However, I felt like it was such a tease because after the initial glimpse of Maggie, the book isn't about her. While I really enjoyed this book, I was drawn mo ...more
Tami Brown
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book it was an amazing journey for me. This story closely follows the lives of two women set during different periods of the 1940’s Maggie Brouillard (1941)and Harriet Conway (1949). Somehow through mysterious and beautiful actions the two women who never met find their stories intertwined and in that you find love and pain. The author Clara Benson does a masterful job of bringing her characters to life . For me this book closely reminds me of another novel that I had recently ...more
Lee Husemann
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this page-turner that featured several narrators and starts out in 1941 somewhere near Le Bourget with Maggie Brouillard working for the French Resistance against the wishes of her mother, Rose. Jean-Jacques Brouillard was a famous musician who died suddenly of a heart attack leaving his wife Rose to run the family. The story then moves to Hertfordshire 1949 where Harriet Conway, who has suffered loss of her own, takes on the job as secretary to Rose Brouillard. It isn't long be ...more
Lisa Henderson-Farr
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank You to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In Darkness, Look for Stars is a family drama that begins in France during WWII. We are introduced to a well to do family trying to survive during the occupation of France.
The story is told in back and forth narratives between the past in France and the present day in England after the war has ended. Family secrets are exposed in the present day with the past narrative providing a timeline of
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Stephanie
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was unique compared to most historical fictions I’ve read before. It goes back forth between 1941 during the war and 1949 when the war had ended. I very much appreciated how Benson showed both sides of the during/after war life as you usually don’t get a glimpse into the years directly after.

It was equal parts about how two sisters, Maggie and Cecilia, work in the resistance against the Nazi’s much to their mothers disapproval, how it changed their lives after the war ended, and about
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Suzy
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This was a beautifully written book. We have many well rounded characters. There is Maggie, involved in the war resistance and in love with Emil, there is her sister Cecilia who we meet after the war who is now in a wheelchair and is a shell of her former self and barely getting by. Cecilia has a son named Rex who she can barely stand and doesn't want to take care of. Sebastien is a musical prodigy, as are most of the Broulliard children, but he is still trying to please his mother, Rose. Enter ...more
Janice Rogala
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Horrors of War

I am used to other books by this author, mostly her Marchmont series. But lately I have been reading books set during wartime Europe. This book moves back and forth between wartime France during the German occupation and an English country home a few years later. The same family is shattered during the occupation. Some members work for the French resistance while others come perilously close to collaboration. Their experience is tragic. The truth of their story unfolds when a y
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Clara Benson is the author of the Angela Marchmont Mysteries and Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures - traditional English whodunits in authentic style set in the 1920s and 30s. One day she would like to drink cocktails and solve mysteries in a sequinned dress and evening gloves. In the meantime she lives in the north of England with her family and doesn't do any of those things.

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