Just Another Girl on the Road

Just Another Girl on the Road

by S. Kensington

Narrated by Gill Mills

Unabridged — 9 hours, 51 minutes

Just Another Girl on the Road

Just Another Girl on the Road

by S. Kensington

Narrated by Gill Mills

Unabridged — 9 hours, 51 minutes

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Overview

Summer 1944: Stranded behind enemy lines in France, eighteen-year-old Katrinka Badeau escapes German deserters with the help of Major Willoughby Nye. Once an employee on her father's merchant ship, Nye is now part of an undercover Jedburgh operation, working for the Allies. When he offers her a job on his team, she accepts.   Her work throws her together with Sergeant Wolfe Farr, the team's tough-talking radio operator, and they embark on an intense love affair. But Katrinka is not prepared to accept Wolfe's plans for the future. And her love for Nye, which has evolved from an adolescent crush to that of a young woman, still endures.   With the liberation of France, both men are sent to the Far East. Realising what she has lost, Katrinka joins a small entertainment troupe, and sets out on an arduous journey around the world to find Wolfe. But when the three are finally reunited, which love will withstand the test of time?    Praise for Just Another Girl on the Road:    "Difficult history, abuse, war and love combine in this emotional examination of the end of World War II... A deep, evocative read ...inventive, finely-woven and captivating." - IndieReader     "Well-plotted and often exciting... An informed, imaginative tale that adds some romance to a well-researched war story." - Kirkus Reviews

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Kensington combines multifaceted, unforgettable characters with strong, lyrical prose. The pacing of the novel never slows down despite the crucial details of the covert operations hefty on espionage plotting and blood-and-guts combat scenes. Kensington's ability to place these rather trivial covert operations in the context of the Allied operation will please fans of military history. This deeply engrossing page-turner is the one not to be missed. This is a stellar debut.
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US Review of Books - Kat Kennedy

This is Kesington's first novel. Her ability to weave such an intricate and multifaceted story of the resistance in France as a first-time novelist is to be commended—Though the story contains many memorable characters and an intriguing plot, it is Katrinka and her insatiable love of life that is the crux of this work. A strong female character who unapologetically embraces her sexuality, Katrinka is unforgettable. This book offers a fast-paced plot and romance within a historical setting. It grabs one's attention from its very first words and never lets go.

The Bookbag - Sue Magee

A masterpiece.

IndieReader - James Hendicott

Difficult history, abuse, war and love combine in this emotional examination of the end of World War II… A deep, evocative read …inventive, finely-woven and captivating.

Kirkus Reviews

A young woman in World War II France joins an undercover operation in this debut historical novel.

At the start of Kensington’s story, the protagonist, Katrinka, is in a terrifying bind. It is 1944 in Nazi-occupied France and some German deserters have taken her to a home where she is about to be raped. The Germans have killed her Burmese-British mother and her stepfather, an American archaeologist who worked in Switzerland. Katrinka fights off an attacker and flees and is soon rescued by Wolfe Farr, an American sergeant. Farr is part of Operation Jedburgh, a combined British, American, and French mission to aid the Resistance. More than that, Katrinka’s father, Remi Amparo, is a Portuguese sea captain who is about to deliver plastique (plastic explosives) to the Jedburghs. When Farr takes Katrinka back to meet the others, she is surprised to see Wills Nye, a Briton who used to work on Amparo’s ship and now is with the Jeds. Nye wants Katrinka to retrieve the plastique from her father’s vessel, even though the assignment is outrageously risky. She agrees, but demands Farr accompany her. On this and subsequent undertakings, she wrestles with many dangers and lingering demons, and a growing attraction to both Nye and Farr, which all freely act on. While the end of the war is tantalizingly close, Katrinka travels to Asia to find her true soul mate. Kensington’s breezy novel tackles a captivating aspect of World War II, the parachuting guerrilla warriors that constituted Operation Jedburgh. The provocative story has a die-hard survivor as its heroine, described by Nye in this way: “She had an instinct for survival, naïve bravery, and a rather wild, almost savage unpredictability that was perfectly suited for the job.” The sequence of events, largely between D-Day and VE Day, is well-plotted and often exciting, with the international cast fitting in seamlessly with historical events. This is also a love story with no shortage of sexual encounters; in fact, there are probably a few too many. But the book never loses its seriousness about the war, with a harrowing section in London serving as an effective reminder of the populace’s suffering.

An informed, imaginative tale that adds some romance to a well-researched war story." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

BN ID: 2940190801170
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 01/22/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
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