Landing by Moonlight

Landing by Moonlight

by Ciji Ware

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Overview

A NOVEL INSPIRED BY THE EXCEPTIONAL AMERICAN WOMEN WHO VOLUNTEERED AS SECRET AGENTS DURING WW II, PARACHUTING INTO OCCUPIED FRANCE TO FIGHT THE NAZIS.

The year is 1942, and American secret agent Catherine Thornton has no idea whether she will be dropped behind enemy lines in an inflatable raft launched from a submarine or be flung through the moonlit sky from a low-flying British Halifax. Either way, the young embassy wife and erstwhile journalist knows there's always the chance she'll be picked off by German sharpshooters, although nothing in her imagination could prepare her for the trial-by-fire to come.

Only she understands why she volunteered for such "unwomanly warfare" and the secret reasons she joined a handful of female American spies destined to risk her gilded life on French soil. Yet former Vichy diplomat Henri Leblanc, code name Claude Foret, thinks he knows the answers.

As Catherine's missions grow more harrowing each day, and she fears she's fallen in love with a captured fellow agent, the German SS begin to close in on the world of Madame "Colette Durand" and her Résistance network embedded in coastal cities along the French Riviera—an exposure that could threaten the Allied victory itself.

And hanging in the air like a half-opened parachute is the life-or-death question: Who is the betrayer and who will be betrayed in this, their finest hour?

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning former broadcast journalist CIJI WARE once again displays her extraordinary talent for weaving historical fact into compelling fiction to produce novels so engaging that one reviewer warned of her work: "...do not start unless you want to be up all night."

"Thoroughly engaging" - BOOKLIST

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161217320
Publisher: Life Events Media LLC
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 121,844
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ciji Ware is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, an Emmy-award-winning television producer, veteran print journalist, sought-after event speaker, and for two decades, a TV and radio host on the ABC and PBS stations in Los Angeles. With a BA from Harvard in History, she was the first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide.

Ware's numerous writing awards include: a Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence for Historical Fiction; a Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association for magazine journalism; a Dupont for TV writing and reporting; Romantic Times magazine's Best Historical Novel for Island of the Swans . Her novel set in 1906 San Francisco, A Race to Splendor was shortlisted for the 2012 WILLA (Cather) Literary Award. Landing By Moonlight is the first in a planned series of novels about American women secret agents operating in France in WW II.

Ware lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Internet Marketing executive, Tony Cook.

Customer Reviews

Landing by Moonlight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gaele 22 days ago
I’ve read a TON of books set in the World War II era, many of which centered on the little acts of resistance performed by ordinary people who were not going to stand for Hitler and ‘foreigners’ taking over their country, their heritage or their land. With some stories resonating in my head from an Uncle who worked in the Resistance during the war, much of the information, facts and imagined conversations have only served to fuel my own interest in people acting for the best in the worst of times. In this story, we are following Colette, and her work for the allies during the war. From simply carrying messages via bicycle as she travels from town to town, to her struggles with confidence, the secrets she bears, and even the weariness of the never-ending stress that living in constant fear of discovery engenders, the story moves quickly from moment to moment. From simple transport of messages and information through to the ‘night drops’ of infiltrated agents, supplies and other items needed by the forces on the ground, the risks of discovery and death, not to mention the struggles and suspicions as neighbors start to ‘turn’ on one another for small conveniences and a sense of ‘protection’ from the Nazi occupation forces, the struggles and the emotions are real and grab readers’ attention, even if many of the small villages and towns are not familiar. From bringing the countryside to life in the contrast of heinous acts in scenery that is take-your-breath-away gorgeous, the tensions keep readers intrigued and wondering if Colette will survive each trek, or will someone or something give her away. There are pieces of actual known history mixed in with the story, allowing a grounding in the reality of the war that spurs and speaks to the tensions and dangers that Colette and others face, and those bits of history fill out a story that could exist at any time, in any effort to ‘act against’ an aggressor that is both unwelcome and inhuman. A lovely story and the first I’ve read from this author – it is certain to not be the last. I received a copy of the title from the author via France Book Tours for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
amybooksy 26 days ago
Landing by Moonlight: A Novel of WW II is another great read by Ciji Ware. It is based on true historical events during the second world war. I love that the main character is a female secret agent. Catherine gets caught up in a lot of action and adventure. I admired her bravery and courage. Readers need to get ready to hold on their seats because this book is one thrilling ride. I could not help to keep turning the pages continuously. I had the whole book read in one sitting. The author did a great job with the historical details that made me feel like I was part of the story. I am giving Landing by Moonlight a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy World War II era novels. I loved it! I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
LauraFabiani 28 days ago
Ciji Ware's latest novel Landing by Moonlight delves into the thrilling lives of WWII spies, in particular, women intelligence agents who were able to get information by using skills in ways men could not. It's a memorable tale, filled with heroic moments and interspersed with sadness and the horrors of an unforgettable war. Our main character is Catherine Thornton, a wealthy American journalist who craves to follow in her late father's footsteps rather than lead a pampered life in which she is miserable. Catherine is beautiful, intelligent, quick-witted, bold, daring...and not healed from a young life of trauma. It's perhaps this combination that makes her a fascinating character. She is quite fearless and confident, not dwelling on her past, a strong woman that throws herself into danger to save others. From the beginning, Catherine has an adulterous affair with Henri LeBlanc, and she's almost too blasé about their relationship which made me slow to warm up to her, until I got to know her story better, including her past. Eventually the two fall in love, but they are both spies in a vicious war that takes them apart time and again. I'm glad the author kept their relationship real while focusing primarily on Catherine's work as a spy. There were times, though, that I did want more of an exploration into her psyche - how her past traumas affected her. I wanted to see more of her inner turmoil. She was almost too perfect and got over traumatic events too easily. But on the other hand, perhaps this is how she was meant to be seen, as someone that could move on and do what needed to be done when the going got tough, part of what kept her alive. I was transported to several places in Europe but loved France best, where Catherine did most of her work with her comrade in arms, Sean Eisenhower, and the network of other spies and members of the French Resistance. This part of the novel was filled with dangerous missions, life in the small towns that were invaded by the German Nazis, descriptions of the Resistance movement, and how war affected all those that experienced it. It's clear that Ciji Ware has done her research and deftly interwoven historical figures with true events into her story. Fans of WWII stories will be left satisfied as they read about men and women who sacrificed everything to help win the war. According to the author's notes, I was happy to learn that this is the first book in the Spy Sisters Series. I'll definitely look for the next book, and eagerly anticipate learning more about the women who made a difference during WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ciji Wave always writes superb fiction, expertly weaved into history but I feel that she's really outdone herself this time. I'm the proud owner of every one of her books, many of them read multiple times and I can say that I believe this may just be her best. I'm always impressed with her talent for research, undoubtedly a product of her background in news. Mix her astounding ability to put you right in the middle of WW II history plus the character development in this book, and Ciji has a truly memorable piece of work. Pieces of this book that stood out to me - 1. All her works are interesting but at times this book is a edge of your seat page turner. I can't remember any of other books keeping me from sleeping because I was so keyed up from reading. Put aside some time to read this one. It'll be worth it! 2. The evolution of the main character as the war dragged on. I could feel her weariness coming off the page. 3. The detail, the detail, and the detail. I'm a history addict and Ciji never disappoints. 4. Her highlighting how different types of women, at different levels in society chose to support (or not) the war effort. 5. All the background, behind the scenes, historical 'dirt' on the resistance and the SOE. I always recommend Ciji's books to my friends, because they're always enjoyable but this one is a must read whether you're a WW II historical fiction junkie like I am or not.