It’s a first hand account of the author’s travels through France, most sights and destinations are within a 90-minute radius from Paris, all accessible either by metro or train (regional train or fast train / TGV). The destinations are set up in chronological order in an attempt to educate the reader a bit about French History – it works! It’s a wonderful guidebook – although not the type you’d carry around with you.
Perhaps it’s because I am planning a trip to Paris for next spring and I am all ears when it comes to suggestions that I was so enamoured by this book, but I think anyone could benefit from the ideas presented.
You can be sure this book will be a resource for every trip to France I ever make! The entire thing was interesting, but I really perked up when it covered places I’d already visited (most of Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chartres and Rouen) or the parts that cover things I plan to see and do on my next trip (more of Paris, Tours and Lyon).
It was a great book, and excellent idea, and a lot of fun to read! Can’t wait to get over there and follow in her footsteps!
Dear Lord! You hear stories about bumbling cops and botched investigations where incompetence is rife and egos rule the roost… but on some level you hope (pray!) it’s all an exaggeration. I guess clichés exist for a reason.
The book itself lost me through some passages, after a while I started losing track of who said what to whom - but what remains is a truly sad story on many levels.
I admire how John Walsh come through it all and became a trail blazer in a field that needed someone like him to come around. On some level, you can say Adam didn’t die in vain.
(p.s.: I miss AMW!)
I liked it better than Book 1 (The Kommandant's Girl), but I still could not help picking it apart.
I can’t say it was completely predictable, but I wasn’t surprised by any of the multitude of plot twists. Sure they were exciting, but I didn’t consider any of them gripping; to me the whole book felt like a string of contrived scenarios rather than edge-of-your-seat suspenseful drama.
Nevertheless the story was fast-paced and interesting; I’d recommend it as a fun distraction.
Overall the story is a good one, but I still had trouble with a lot of it.
My biggest issue is that I just didn’t buy the chemistry between the Kommandant and his Girl, and since that’s the entire point of the book it made it hard to get into. I had to suspend my disbelief and just take her word for it that she was “hot for the Nazi” as opposed to really sensing her dilemma.
I also found the ending too contrived; I don’t want to give it away, but suffice it to say it was all a little too neat.
Nevertheless I was interested in the characters enough to get the sequel (The Diplomat’s Wife), and I am starting it right away.
I love this series! The more episodes I read, the more I want to read; I am glad there are many more instalments ahead.
This one had me rolling my eyes on multiple occasions because it was a little heavy on the lucky coincidences, but so what – I still enjoyed it.
On to book 7!
The more instalments I read, the more I love Molly and her escapades!
On to book 6!
How many books like this have I read? They are always good. Human resilience is amazing… and sadly, so is cruelty.
This recollection of suffering and surviving through hard times was just as riveting as the others, and therefore another must-read.
…all the pondering!! It’s a bit much and can become rather tedious at times.
Aside from that one and only complaint, I’m having a great time working my way through the series; so glad I came across it! On to Book 5!
It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.
I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.
The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.
Yet again Sawyer hits ANOTHER home run!
What a great story! I just loved it – glued to the developments and did not want to put it down.
I expected nothing less from this author; terrific!
As you may already know, I like to read books set in places I’ve visited so I was looking forward to this adventure in Copenhagen.
It fell flat for me. What was it? Comedy? Slapstick? A Danish Caper? Thriller-Mystery? I didn’t really get it.
Certain segments were entertaining enough, and some parts did make me laugh, I must admit… but were they supposed to?
Overall, it barely rates above a “meh”.
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