For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story

For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story

by Simon Gandossi


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ISBN-13: 9781524519872
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 12/15/2016
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JanisC More than 1 year ago
This book will haunt you days after reading. I am still haunted. Set in Britton during the height of World War II for Beau tells the moving and compelling tale basically of women’s secret participation in the World War. Sarah Ashdown is found and her story is remarkably harrowing. Gandossi wraps history and fiction into a believability that harrowing and emotional. While this is historical fiction you can not forget that this fiction is not too far from facts. The character of Sarah Ashdown is probably based on a real person. I think that is what makes For Beau so heart turning. Gandossi writes his words with passion making you unable to pull away. While I love history, historical fiction is not really my thing, yet Gandossi entertained me. Haunted me with his work. The only thing that bothered me was his use of italics. He used italics to represent the present and non-italics to represent the past. This disrupted my reading a bit for the editor in me would think the present would be in non-italics and the past in italics. That aside the book was enjoyable and Sarah Ashdown's harrowing tale will resonate with me for a while.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story by Simon Gandossi is a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching tale of a woman and her life when she fought alongside the French Resistance in the 1940s. Much like other war stories, this is not a novel for people who want something light hearted and fun. This is an emotional novel and it is sad in places, so if you want to read it, make sure you have a tissue box right next to you. The story follows Sarah Ashdown who left England when tragedy hit her. Her very dear friend passed away and her husband disappeared. Unable to cope with the grief, she left everything behind and moved all the way over to France, where the French Resistance was working tirelessly to fight off the German army. Instead of sitting back and seeing the rest of the world getting destroyed, Sarah decided that she would take some action and fight this war where it was most intense. Now, as an old woman, Sarah is recounting her life to a reporter and reliving those horrible years again. I loved Sarah, not just because of her heroic actions, but because she was courageous and very passionate about her cause. She did not shrink from her responsibility and she took action when people needed her the most. I liked her dry wit and humor and I really liked Patty, the nurse, as well. The friendship between these two women was moving, especially when Patty becomes a constant fixture in Sarah’s life. For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story by Simon Gandossi is a very emotional novel, one that I will not forget any time soon. Wonderfully written and the cover was amazing.
TheHungryMonster More than 1 year ago
The story begins in 2009, where an old woman is being interviewed to tell the story of her history as a fighter in the French resistance to the German army in the 1940's. In the narrative told by Sarah Ashdown, the character that this history revolves around, readers are bounced seamlessly back and forth between the two eras, and listen as Sarah gives detail about the progression of her life. Simon Gandossi, the author of the story, allows readers peeks at Sarah's life now as an elderly woman in a nursing home with friends and memories to pass the days with. England marks the setting for the beginning of the story, but most of the events take place in France or other war zones. By following the reflective narrative of Sarah Ashcroft, an elderly woman being interviewed by a TV reporter about her actions in the war against the Nazis, you'll learn about the horrific events that took place during the bombings and raids of World War II. While the majority of the story focuses on Sarah, as she is the one re-telling it to those interested, you also get peeks into the lives of those of both in her past and present. A friendly nurse Patty makes a frequent appearance, and the disorganized reporter himself Daniel Warwick provides a sturdy companion to her as she gives him the story. After leaving her English hometown and abandoning her family and friends after the disappearance of her husband and the loss of a dear friend, Sarah makes her way to France to help fight the German's and do her part to end the war. Sarah is met with many difficulties, since she is a woman, but she is a beautiful character, full of strength and wit, and consistently her own worst critic. Throughout the story, you get to see Sarah's life in the present setting play out in her nursing home, and the toll of telling the gruesome tale of her war experiences is slowly made evident to the readers. Gandossi takes you on a thrilling, heart-wrenching ride of what life as a soldier in the 1940's was like, and compels those to feel deeply for Sarah as she agonizes over her decisions. This isn't a cheerful story; as few stories about war are. In fact, it's a heavy read, full of history and heroic deeds. I enjoyed it, but I've never liked stories that are sad even until the very end. It made me really think about how hard life was for those suffering through the war in the 1940's, and it gave me unique insight I've never read before. The way Gandossi narrates the story through the voice of Sarah is inspiring and gives an intimate touch.