I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies with you.
My thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to Harper Collins for sending me a proof copy of the novel in return for this honest review.
Before I share my thoughts with you, here is what Daughters of War is about.
~ From the back of the book ~
France, 1944. Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war. Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost. And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free. Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But bravery comes at a cost, and soon the sisters’ lives become even more perilous as they fight for what is right. And secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear…
The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…
~ My thoughts ~
Daughters of War is the first book by Dinah Jefferies I’ve read – even though my mum keeps telling me how good they are – and I loved it!
Daughters of War is the first in a trilogy. My copy is just over 500 pages, so it is longer than most novels. However, it didn’t seem like it. Dinah Jefferies is a skilled writer. Her story is a multi-layered, character-driven one about three sisters: Helene, Elise and Florence, living in their family home in Sainte Cecile, a small village in the Dordogne, during the German Occupation. I enjoyed getting to know the sisters, following their stories, and watching them grow.
Dinah Jefferies doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of war, particularly German soldiers treatment of women. There are several scenes where I was in tears. Dinah Jefferies draws from her own experiences of loss (see About the author below), and the emotion on the page is powerful.
I enjoyed Daughters of War, and I’m keen to read the second book in the series when it comes out in 2022 to find out what life has in store for the sisters.
~ Where to find Daughters of War ~
Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies is out now. You can buy from all good bookshops and from Bookshop.org (affiliate link).
~ About the author ~
Dinah Jefferies began her career with The Separation, followed by the number 1 Sunday Times and Richard and Judy bestseller, The Tea-Planter’s Wife. Born in Malaysia, she moved to England at the age of nine. As a teenager she missed the heat of Malaysia, which left her with a kind of restlessness that led to quite an unusual life. She studied fashion design, went to live in Tuscany where she worked as an au-pair for an Italian countess, and there was even a time when Dinah lived with a rock band in a ‘hippie’ commune in Suffolk.
In 1985, the death of her fourteen-year-old son changed everything and she now draws on the experience of loss in her writing. She started writing novels in her sixties and sets her books abroad, aiming to infuse love, loss and danger with the extremely seductive beauty of her locations.
Dinah and her husband spent five wonderful years living in a small 16th Century village in the Sierra de Aracena in Northern Andalusia, she now lives close to her family in Gloucestershire. She is published in 29 languages and over 30 countries.
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