• Her Darkest Hour

  • Beautiful and Heartbreaking World War 2 Historical Fiction
  • By: Sharon Maas
  • Narrated by: Naomi Frederick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"You and me - we’re sisters, not enemies. We’ve got a real enemy at our door and we need to focus on that - together, united. I don’t want to be fighting you as well."

In the small French town of Colmar, swastikas hang from lampposts, tanks are lined up outside the town hall, and 21-year-old Marie-Claire is in love. She will do anything for her childhood friend Jacques, including spying on her German boss, Dietrich Kurtz. Anything to make Jacques see her in a new light, as something more than just a silly little girl. 

But when Jacques rejects her, everything changes. Mortified and stung, Marie-Claire feels the need for revenge. She turns her back on those she loves and is catapulted into a new life. 

Her little sister Victoire is aghast at her sister’s traitorous behavior, not least because Marie-Claire is endangering Victoire’s own life-threatening mission, hiding Jewish refugees in their mother’s wine cellar. And when Marie-Claire marries Kurtz, Victoire knows her relationship with her sister has been poisoned for ever. 

But when Victoire learns someone she loves is in terrible danger, her only choice is to trust the sister who betrayed her. Kurtz, Marie-Claire’s cruel and heartless husband, has key information and Victoire must persuade Marie-Claire to obtain it, even if it means risking Marie-Claire’s life. As secrets come to light and close bonds are broken, will the sisters be able to heal old wounds? 

An unforgettable story of two sisters ripped apart by World War II. Fans of The Nightingale and The Ragged Edge of Night will fall in love with Her Darkest Hour.  

©2020 Sharon Maas (P)2020 Bookouture

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Wonderful

This is one of the best books I have “read” (on Audible) in a long time. Great WW2 story. Reader was engaging as well. Will be looking into other books by this author.

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Heartbreakingly Brilliant

I love this book. I could not stop listening! I felt my emotions rising and falling, laughing, smiling and crying. The narrator is spot on! This is a must listen to audible. I didn't want it to end!

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overall good listen

I have listened to hundreds of WW2 books.

I did like this one..it kept my interest...I did find myself disgusted with the character Marie Claire...
The story allowed me to research the area. I also looked at pictures of the area to give my mind an idea of how the land lay.

looking forward to your next book!

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Not A Favorite

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. However, this story was not very compelling. The characters and plot were underdeveloped and the storyline never went anywhere. I hung in until the end hoping for a dramatic finish but even the prologue remained flat.

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Turned off by Chapter 3

This book was impossible to get into. By the 3rd chapter, I turned it off. Narrator was bland, the story was written poorly. If I could get past the beginning it might have been good, but I was sorely disappointed.

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Heartbreaking and such bravery

I would loved to have know this family In Alsace France. Such bravery for such young people It was a very sad novel but triumphed in the end The very last ten minutes I never saw coming

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Wow!

What a heart- breaking and at the same time heart- warming story. Even though it is fiction, it all rang true according to historical accounts.

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One of my favorites!

The story and performance will grab you. The ending is perfect! I was unaware of the church’s involvement.

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  • Lynn
  • 08-14-20

Brilliant

So enjoyed this story. Credible characters and a fantastic reminder of the horror of war.

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  • Angela Mills
  • 06-26-22

Just okay

I found myself always waiting for something to happen, disappointing. wouldn't revisit, too long, skipped chapters