France 1944. An English Nurse. A German Soldier. A tragic love affair …
English girl Sibyl Lake arrives in Colmar, a small French town, surrounded by vineyards and swarming with German soldiers. Trained as a nurse, Sibyl has been recruited as a British Agent to support the French Resistance.
When Sibyl’s work leads her to her childhood sweetheart Jacques, she is overjoyed. But their happy reunion is shortlived as it is not just Jacques’ eye that Sibyl has caught …
Commander Wolfgang von Haagan is very taken with the attractive English stranger, and Sibyl realises that she can help her own country by listening to the secrets of this soldier’s heart. As she grows closer to Wolfgang she gets to know the man behind the uniform and despite her best intentions, soon she is caught in a terrible love triangle.
And when Jacques finds that Sibyl is involved with the enemy, he is determined to prove himself to her with one last act of heroism. An act that will put all of their lives into terrible danger ….
A gripping and heartbreaking story of love behind enemy lines and the overwhelming tragedy of war. Perfect for fans of The Letter by Kathryn Hughes, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
What readers are saying about Sharon Maas:
‘Wow! … Such a powerful story, so brilliantly narrated, in such a way that you feel part of it all and are left bereft when it is finished … I LOVED this story so much. So poignant and touching and heartbreaking … All the descriptions are so visceral and beautiful. I loved this book. I lived it.’ 5 stars – Renita D’Silva
‘A powerful and emotional story … truly heartbreaking. The writing was so beautifully descriptive and at times I felt as though I was right there in India. Wonderful … truly stunning … I can highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘This has everything … great characters … strong settings … serious issues. Put all these together with a fantastic writing style and this easily makes my top 10 books of 2016 list.’ 5 stars – Lexi Reads
‘Simply perfect! … from the first few pages I was drawn in and hooked! … I was blown away by how much I was affected by the story … a fantastic, emotional, evocative read … I urge you to pick up this book, you won't be disappointed!!!’ Dash Fan Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved everything about this book … beautifully and evocatively written ... , this is a definite 'can't put it down' read.' 5 stars – Goodreads Review
‘A beautiful, mesmerising work of fiction ... I was completely transported…
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About the Author
Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and educated in England. She is a novelist whose books include The Speech of Angels, Peacocks Dancing, and The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q. She also works as a social worker in a hospital in Germany.
Henrietta Meire is a full-time voice-over artist and actress. In addition to narrating audiobooks, she has voiced numerous commercial and charity campaigns, as well as video game and animation characters. As an actress, she has appeared on stage, on television, and in a number of popular films.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is quite a history between France and Germany over Alsace and I so enjoyed the history lesson within this story which sent me on a quest to learn more. Sharon did not hold back in painting the picture with her prose of a gloomy, horrifying time in humanity. Then to lighten things up she also gave us a love triangle like no other between Sibyl, Jacques (her childhood sweetheart), and Major Wolfgang von Haagen (a German officer). How Sibyl kept her different persons straight (Sibyl, Jeanne, and Marlene) amazed me, as I waited for a slip. If I had to pick a favorite character it would be Wolfgang as he was so complex and the interaction between him and Sibyl kept me reading. To be honest I actually read this story prior to its release date and only gave it 3 stars and didn’t publish my review which I am glad I did not because after reading it again it deserves 4 stars. Since I read an ARC copy both times I am hoping that what bothered me so much the first time I read this book was re-edited and corrected...in the first quarter there was some redundancy making me think that my bookmark was not working which took away from the beginning for me. However, once Sibyl arrived in France the story took off and I mean really took off. I have had the honor of reading the Quint Chronicles Series by Sharon Maas and at first was hesitant as to whether a story about WWII spies would be a stretch for this author. Thank you Sharon for proving me wrong, for writing such a captivating, heart-wrenching story with parts with so much emotion I clenched my fists, gritted my teeth, held my breath... Best writing by this author thus far. I recommend this different take on a WWII spy novel to those who really enjoy reading gripping historical stories based on actual facts. I received a complimentary copy (or ARC) of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.