About the Book
With her father in a German POW camp and her home in Ste Mere Eglise, France, under Nazi occupation, Rosalie Barrieau will do anything to keep her younger brother safe. . .even from his desire to join the French resistance. Until she falls into the debt of a German solder—one who delivers a wounded British pilot to her door. Though not sure what to make of her German ally, Rosalie is thrust deep into the heart of the local underground. As tensions build toward the allied invasion of Normandy, she must decide how much she is willing to risk for freedom.
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“There is no going back.”
“We can only go forward.”
If I had to pick a ‘thesis statement’ for this book, it would be the above statements, said by one character to another in A Rose for the Resistance. It perfectly encapsulates the themes of this book, especially as our characters are fighting to live through World War II.
A Rose for the Resistance is the first book I read by Angela K. Couch, and it won’t be the last. In this book, Ms. Couch has written an entertaining, heartwarming, and enjoyable book, though it does have some flaws.
The book takes place in occupied France during World War II, which is a very common setting for historical fiction. The first chapter of the book sets up the beginning of the occupation, but then skips ahead to three years later. In my opinion it would have been interesting to see more of the initial feelings of the people in Normandy prior to the time jump.
Rosalie is the main character and I will admit it took me awhile to warm up to her. At the beginning of the story, she is not willing to step out of her comfort zone, even after three years of occupation. It rang true, of course, as not everyone is willing to be directly involved in the Resistance, but once she committed to it, she was all in.
Franz, the other main character, is introduced as conflicted regarding his role in the war. He’s a German soldier who is disillusioned with fighting and the war itself. He is a good foil for Rosalie as he tries to help her without bringing attention to her.
Rosalie and Franz are aware that every interaction between them is fraught and it comes through very clearly on the page. The romance is sweet and believable, and I was rooting for them to make it through.
The story does take a while to get going, and I wasn’t really engaged in it until about page 75. If I wasn’t reading this for a review, I’m not sure I would have stuck with it. But I’m glad I did!
I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to those who like stories about World War II, sweet romances, and themes of love, faith, and how we can impact the world around us.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit Publishing and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.**
About the Author
A Note from Angela
The story of A Rose for the Resistance has been in the making for a while. Rosalie and Franz came to life for me in the first novel I started writing as a teenager… (not even going to mention how long ago that was). Though much of that early work will never see the light of day, I am glad I can finally share them with you.
Every November 11th since I was a child, I would sit with my dad and watch WWII documentaries and movies like A Bridge too Far, or The Longest Day which featured Sainte-Mère-Église during the D-day landings. So many of those stories beg to be remembered and I tried to include as much as I could in this novel, even in passing. Stories such as John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who dropped into the warzone of Sainte-Mère-Église that night and his chute caught on the spire of the church. He hung limply for hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. John later escaped and rejoined his division. Or, Henry Langrehr who landed five miles from his drop zone, crashing through a greenhouse on the way down. He was unharmed from the fall, but was later wounded and captured. He lived into his nineties to tell the tale.
Many of the events and deeds of The Resistance in the novel are also pulled from history. The French citizen’s willingness to risk their lives to transport weapons and information, and to staunchly resist the brutal German occupation. It is estimated that approximately 90,000 men women – and children – were killed, tortured, or deported by the Germans for their efforts.
Though many of the characters in this story are fictional, there are so many men and women who truly did live through the horrors of the War in Europe, and more importantly risked or sacrificed their all for the freedom and lives of others.
I pray we never forget.
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