© Mary Chapple
Australia / England/ France
“Delphi’s peaceful new life is threatened by the spectre of war… After spending ten years in Australia, Delphi Strong is on a ship back to England with her daughter, Flora. While on board, Delphi meets Rainier, a charming vineyard owner on his way home to France. Forming an instant mutual attraction, the two share a whirlwind romance before disembarking. Unable to forget her, Rainier crosses the channel a few months later and asks Delphi to marry him. Equally lovestruck, Delphi accepts, and she and Flora join Rainier in France. However, their idyllic lifestyle is shattered when war breaks out and the Nazis begin to occupy the country. Forced to flee to the Free Zone in the south, the family must now pull together to resist the enemy… Can Delphi keep her family safe? Will they find a way to defy the occupying forces Or will the brutal new regime destroy their peace forever…?”
This is the second book in the saga, and I have not read the first. Does it matter? Probably not, although with all sagas and series it is often best to start at the beginning.
This seems to be a well-researched romance of the period between the wars and during WWII itself. The author has conveyed the growing disquiet among ordinary people during the rise to power of the Nazis, setting the reader in that thoughtful zone of ‘what would I have done in those circumstances?’
An entertaining read, although the pace ambled a little in the middle, but then it picked up again and became more exciting.
I enjoyed the character Flora, the daughter, more than that of her mother, Delphi – but this might have been because I have not read the first book?
For readers who enjoy WWII romance this should be a satisfying read.
Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds
© Mary Chapple