Wolfsangel

Wolfsangel

by Liza Perrat

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ISBN-13: 9782954168128
Publisher: Perrat Publishing
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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Wolfsangel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
Wolfsangel by Liza Perrat is the second in the L'Auberge Des Anges historical series but can be read as a stand alone novel. The novel starts off with nineteen year old Céleste Roussel living in Lucie-sur-Vionne during the German occupation in the 1940's. Céleste lives with her mother and her brother. Her sister is a nun who lives in a convent and her father has been taken to work for the Germans. The writing is rich and descriptive and I felt transported as I read. Liza Perrat does a fantastic job at giving these characters a story. The plot kept taking twist and turns that I did not expect and I found myself not wanting to put this one down. Céleste is living in turbulent times, her mother is what they call an angel maker and a healer. She provides services, such as abortions, illegally to women in order to make ends meet and is in danger of being put to death if caught doing so. Céleste's brother is part of a group of rebels who are working against the Germans. In the midst of all of this drama, Céleste is in a relationship with a German officer, Martin Diehl. She does not know whether she can truly trust him or if he is just after information. As the story flows you see Céleste grow up, the war and love change her. She is a stronger person, she becomes a rebel and she is brave. She struggles with her feelings for Martin. Céleste feels like a traitor, falling in love with a German soldier, a Nazi in fact. She hears her friends, neighbors and family all talk about how they hate the Germans, she hates them too. The French women who date German officers are seen as traitors and loose women even. These German officers are everywhere, taking what they want from people and homes, disturbing lives and not caring. Throughout the story, Céleste and her mother have a distant type of relationship, her mother is harboring secrets which are revealed later on. Their relationship is really at the heart of this story as this mother and daughter try to work things out, but it seems there are some deep rooted issues here. My single qualm about this one was that I would have liked to have seen Céleste and Martin's relationship develop just a bit more. Maybe it's because I was seeing it through Céleste's eyes that I really didn't get a feel for Martin and his actions. He does have a back story, but I wanted to know why he loved Céleste. There were some good scenes between the two, but the getting to that point is what I wanted to see. As noted by the author, Wolfsangel is based on real life events. The latter half of the story is a sad and shocking one, and I found myself teary eyed. Very moving and emotional. There is one sentence that made me misty eyed, "Our Good Friday angel ." Overall, this was a great read and one I'd recommend to fans of reading about this time period as well as to those looking to get swept up in a good historical. Many thanks to author Liza Perrat for providing me with a copy of her great novel. This will be making my favorite reads for 2014. disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Gripping and Heartfelt Story Set in World War II I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review A story about a woman’s journey to self discovery during a time of war, Wolfsangel by Liza Perrat, is a gripping tale based on real events. Showcasing both the highs and lows of human character, Ms. Perrat’s book is filled with well developed characters, plenty of action and heartfelt emotions. Set mostly in a small town in the French countryside, Wolfsangel is a book I won’t soon forget. Twenty years old during the summer of 1943, Céleste Roussel lives on her family’s farm in the outskirts of Lucie-sur-Vionne as the Germans begin their occupation of her city. While no one wants the Germans there, tolerating their presence, and occasionally getting the better of them in a financial transaction, is their only choice. When Céleste’s brother, and his childhood friends, become members of the resistance, Céleste realizes no one will be able to avoid choosing sides in the war. She just never planned on getting torn between her love for her friends and family and a young German officer. Ms. Perrat does an excellent job developing Céleste’s character throughout her story. Naïve and only trained to be a farmer’s wife, the war both gives, and at times forces, Céleste to learn a different way of life. Becoming involved in the resistance, due to the rest of her family’s involvement, Céleste also develops an attraction to a young German officer stationed in their town. While her head knows it’s wrong to be attracted to one of the invaders, this is the first adult relationship in her life and she also hopes to use it to gain information from the enemy. As the war continues around them, and Céleste becomes more deeply involved in the resistance, she’s exposed to the modern thoughts of a women being educated, treated as an equal to men, and is exposed to their willingness to put themselves in the line of danger to free their country from an enemy destroying everything they believe in. The secondary characters, of which there are quite a few, all play a part in Céleste’s education about both the war and about what it means to be a part of a changing society. As the Allied army begins its invasion and liberation of France, Céleste is exposed to even more of the war’s ugliness as the German’s are suddenly facing a new and determined enemy. Her escalating anger and actions, along with those of the other members of the local resistance, will have some lasting effects on her town. She’ll also have to make a final choice in regards to her forbidden love. Will Céleste and her family survive the war? Will Lucie-sur-Vionne manage to survive the German occupation? You’ll have to read Wolfsangel to find out, I really enjoyed it and consider this one of the best books I’ve read this year. In fact, I can quite easily see this book turned into a movie.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Admidst the death and destruction of World War II, the tiny village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, finds itself occupied by the German army. They have pillaged, seized, or requisitioned homes, farms, animals, and food. Celeste's family is adversely affected when her father is sent to a work camp. When she stumbles upon a Jewish family, she hides them in her home. Bit by bit, she is drawn in by the secretive French Resistance, and handsome young German officer who falls in love with her. But in a world where no one can be trusted, does he truly love her or is he merely using her as a means to gather intelligence on the resistance. Celeste begins to walk a fine line - where one mistake can mean someone's death. This is book two in the Bone Angel trilogy, and what a fabulous book. Like the first book in the series, I was deeply engrossed in the story, gripped by it, and unable to put it down. I can't rave enough about this novel. And that's saying a lot because I tend to avoid World War II stories as it is not my favourite genre. This book is a must read! Lush prose, beautiful descriptions, tension filled life and death situations, and overwhelming loss color each page of this compelling book. This is the third Liza Perrat novel I have read and she is fast becoming a favourite, an author who I can depend on to write a terrific story. Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog, http://greathistoricals.blogspot.ca, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed!
Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
The novel starts in 1943, when the German army is occupying France. In Lucie-sur-Vionne, a small village near Lyon, the enemy has requisitioned everything that can be of use or that can make a profit. Because her father has been sent to a work camp in Germany, Céleste Roussel wants to be more involved in the Resistance, especially as her sister, her brother and his best friend are active members. When she happens on a family of Jews hiding in the woods from the Germans, she decides to conceal them in the attic of her house. Then Céleste starts to get friendly with a German officer in order to try to get information from him. Instead, she falls helplessly in love with him. Will she be able to sort through her loyalties and make the right decisions? Wolfsangel is the second book in the Bone Angel series. The novel takes place in the same village as the first installment, and Céleste Roussel is a descendant of its main character, Victoire Charpentier. Like her ancestor, she lives in L’Auberge des Anges, a house that has been in the family for generations. She also wears the same bone angel necklace that she inherited from her grandmother. Some say it is a lucky charm, others think it is evil. Either way, Céleste feels comforted by it. Wolfsangel is a heartbreaking and haunting story. Lucie-sur-Vionne is a fictional village based on Oradour-sur-Glane where a horrific tragedy happened in June 1944. I don’t want to spoil the novel, so I won’t go into details, but Liza Perrat does an incredible job of recreating the event for the reader. Moreover, the book sheds light on the realities of the German occupation, the activities of the French Resistance, and the brutalities of World War II. All through the story, the main character grows before our eyes, as she changes from a naive young lady into a courageous woman. Céleste’s sister, Félicité Roussel, is based on Elise Rivet, a Roman Catholic nun who helped the Resistance. All these historic facts enhance the story and make it all the more real. The only negative comments I have about Wolfsangel is that, for an uneducated girl, Céleste has a pretty elaborate vocabulary. In addition, the author didn’t need to tell us each time Céleste’s mother changes her apron. Other than that, this was a great read, and I highly recommend it. Wolfsangel was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should mention upfront that the author sent me a copy of the ebook version of this novel. In that case, one is always afraid of not liking the book. However, I’m very pleased to say that my reaction was quite the opposite and I very much enjoyed Wolfsangel. World War II is a happy hunting ground for authors and I have to declare an interest, since I am working on a WWII novel of my own. I was, therefore, particularly interested to see how Liza Perrat approached the subject of living under foreign occupation. This book is part of a trilogy, of which the first part is already published. The story of Wolfsangel is sufficiently free-standing that I didn’t feel it was a disadvantage not to have read the first part, which is set in a much earlier period. However, from the backstory clues, I would certainly like to. Wolfsangel is set in a small village not far from Lyon. The village is a microcosm of what was happening throughout France at the time: divided loyalties, collaboration at all points on the spectrum from passive to active, a similar spectrum of Resistance activity, black market profiteering, and the misery of ever-tightening requisitioning demands and hunger. Above all, people lived in a climate of suspicion and fear. The author portrays all of this very well. The main character, Céleste, is well-drawn and sympathetic and her own divided emotions make a satisfying framework for the story. My one quibble is that some of the minor characters, notably the two German bullies, are perhaps a little stereotyped. But this did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel. Part of the novel is based on the true story of a massacre that occurred in 1944, just after the Allied landings. It still touches many a raw nerve in France today. Liza Perrat handles this vividly but sensitively. This is a gripping and well-written story, which I can heartily recommend.
BLRocque More than 1 year ago
WOLFSANGEL, by Liza Perrat, combines a compelling novel about French Resistance fighters during WWII with storytelling as nuanced as impressionist art. Everything about this novel stands out, but I particularly loved the atmosphere and setting, recreated with prose so beautifully crafted that I went back later and reread several sections. Though warfare ravages all, this work of historical fiction reminds us that the warring forces of history are mostly the young. Perrat’s characterizations in WOLFSANGEL offer realistic portraits of inexperienced young people growing up fast, in the midst of occupation by the enemy they despise. The question of who is trustworthy and who is not, especially among friends, neighbors, and even close family, embeds much suspense. Countless generations can relate to “remembering those who never got the chance to grow old—loved ones who perished for our freedom.” Yes, Perrat’s fictional Vionne River is a perfect “illusion of tranquility.” I suspected that the title, WOLFSANGEL, would hold special meaning and the author did not disappoint me. I will leave numerous other aspects of this story and its literary excellence to discover on your own. Highly recommended!