Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wolfsangel by Liza Perrat


Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.

1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes. When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration. As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France. Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days. A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit. 


Review:

Admidst the death and destruction of World War II, the tiny village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, finds itself occupied by the German army. They have pillaged, seized, or requisitioned homes, farms, animals, and food. Celeste's family is adversely affected when her father is sent to a work camp. When she stumbles upon a Jewish family, she hides them in her home. Bit by bit, she is drawn in by the secretive French Resistance, and handsome young German officer who falls in love with her. But in a world where no one can be trusted, does he truly love her or is he merely using her as a means to gather intelligence on the resistance. Celeste begins to walk a fine line - where one mistake can mean someone's death. 

This is book two in the Bone Angel trilogy, and what a fabulous book. Like the first book in the series, I was deeply engrossed in the story, gripped by it, and unable to put it down. I can't rave enough about this novel. And that's saying a lot because I tend to avoid World War II stories as it is not my favourite genre. This book is a must read! Lush prose, beautiful descriptions, tension filled life and death situations, and overwhelming loss color each page of this compelling book. 

This is the third Liza Perrat novel I have read and she is fast becoming a favourite, an author who I can depend on to write a terrific story.    

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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