This tale of impossible lovetold with the same narrative grace and keen eye for human emotion that have distinguished all of Anita Shreve's cherished bestsellersleads us into a harrowing world where forbidden passions have catastrophic consequences.
In a Nazi-occupied Belgian village, Claire Daussois, the wife of a resistance worker, shelters a wounded American bomber pil
As an aside, I seem to have drifted into a bit of a WWII resistance genre this year without consciously planning it that way.
This one is set in WW2 in occupied Belgium.
Ted an American pilot's plane has crashed.
A very moving story of the harsh realities of war.
Claire's husband Henri is a member of the resistance.
Young Jean finds the injured pilot and brings him to Claire who hides him in their loft.
I loved this book and so didn't want it to end.
Sadly told and heart wrenching.
Claire nurses the wounded, acts as interpreter and waits anxiously for the war to end. One day, when Henri, her husband is ...more
Oh my God.
Words can't even express how incredible this book was.
You all need to go out and read it.
Full review to come.
OH. MY. GOSH.
I knew, going into this book, that it would be emotional. Most books set during world wars are, and as someone who’s experienced Anita Shreve’s work before, I knew how capable she is of ripping your heart out and stomping on it.
But I didn’t expect this.
This was most definitely a character-driven story, and the characters were so well de ...more
It was a quick read set in WWII about a plane that crashes in a little town in Belgium. The pilot is found by members of the Resistance and is put into hiding until they ...more
That said, it wasn't so bad except the theme has been so overdone and I feel like we read WAY too much about Nazis in my Book Club for some reason. At the next meeting, I plan to veto all Nazi books for 2013. :-)
A Belgian couple, Henri and Claire are part of the ...more
This book got under my skin and into my thoughts so deeply that I was unable to sleep last night. I kept unconsciously thinking about the farmhouse and where would Ted be next, etc. I ...more
Wow! Something much different by Anita Shreve. Resistance is such a sweet but tragic love story. Just heart-wrenching! This story had me captivated throughout it's entirety. Shreve gives such vivid descriptions of the characters and wonderful detail in each and every setting. She also gives the reader a tidy ending which I was very happy about... I don't know how I would have gone on not knowing what happens to some of t ...more
Shreve tells her people with great skill and the story unfolds in a realistic manner. I was drawn in to the surroundings and carried along with the tension and the ...more
The book is a story of love and betrayal in wartime Belgium at the time of second world war set in a small village among common people who have been dragged in the war. This is a very touching story, and the characters evoked various emotions in me as the story progressed..
The story is one of war, deprivation and sacrifice as well as love and romance and demonstrates the courage and survival of humankind under the most horrific conditions.
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This is my first Anita Shreve book and must read another!