©2005 Belinda Alexandra; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
Ms Alexandra's women are strong, independent and determined. Not only Simone, the lead character, but also many of the supporting female characters are smart and resourceful women. The story covers interesting history on a personal level. It tells the history of the role of women, of show business, of Paris, and The French resistance during WWII; broad scope with lots of interesting detail. While there is romance, this is much more an historical novel than an historical romance.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
An amazing look at France, the French people, the beautiful countryside, the seedy underside and the strength of a few brave individuals under the leadership of Charles De Gaulle to resist the iron hand of Hitler . . . beginning in the lavender fields of Pays de Sault, and moving to Marseilles, on to Paris, young Simone finds her way into an ever changing world . . . a simple farm girl, to a maid for her aunt, to a singer and dancer, Simone goes through a metamorphosis, gaining popularity than many just dream of . . . but along the way, she also loses much . . . including her heart . . . and her naivety . . . she meets Greta Garbo at a night club in Berlin while her trainer, Andre Blanchard is coaching Simone in her craft . . . and comes face to face with how the rich and famous live and behave . . . jealousy, prostitution, drugs and alcohol run rampant on the way to the top . . . but Simone stays true to her dream and to herself . . . even when knocked down the rung of the ladder . . . and when the Germans invade Paris, she steps up to an even more dangerous role than ever before . . . I can't recommend this book enough . . . excellent story . . . great performance . . . and perfect ending . . .
The story was very informative about the war, the need to survive and the ability to do so. The audio was very entertaining , and the sadness of her loved cat brought as much emotion as the war. Ms. Alexander is an excellent writer. I enjoy her books. History, romance,and survival just about sums this up for me. Thank you!
While this book started out slow and I thought I was going to give up, after the first couple of chapters it certainly picked up steam and I was drawn into the story. I highly recommend this book if you like animals, wartime romances and french history. I know some don't like the narrator's accent but I thought she did a wonderful job without being over the top.
I am a huge Belinda Alexandra fan. I can hardly believe she wrote this. It was predictable and transparent from the start. I didn't care for the reader at all. I don't want to be overly critical - after all, it is simply my opinion. But I will never get another book narrated by her again. So very disappointed.
I was sad when it was over-I definitely recommend this for you audible library. I enjoyed learning more about the time period between the wars in Europe through Belinda Alexandra's characters.
loved it all. great narrator ,great story, great character development ! you really feel like you're there in Wartime France!
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