One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.
When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane?
But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good …
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The small French town of Oradour-sur-Glane was tranquil and picturesque but one summer’s day their peaceful country existence changed forever. Set in WWII, debut novelist Angela Barton brings a tempestuous love story to a harrowing historical moment with moving, compassionate prose. In the lead up to the village’s devastating destruction we follow the kind Arlette who runs a farm with her father and—more recently—a young Jewish man named Saul. The tender beginnings of their relationship will tug on your heartstrings as the war threatens to tear them apart. Arlette’s Story is a touching tale to remember and recommend.
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Not to be missed, a compelling and incredible read
Set during the Second World War in rural occupied France, a farmer discover a Jewish fugitive hiding in one of his barns. The family manage to conceal Saul for four years, while at the same time they struggle to exist, knowing that if he's discovered they would all face certain death. The author has woven a compelling and emotional love story based around the chaos, deprivation and horrors of war. Genuinely the best book that I've read this year.